Monday, May 19, 2014

Marsh Wrens and More at Great Meadows

Marsh Wren singing in the early morning light
After reading an article in Tim Grey's Pixology Number 022 titled "A "Refine Photos" Workflow", I decided to try the methodology in reviewing the pictures that I obtained yesterday at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge during a Meet Up sponsored by Mike Milica.  I had taken about 500 photos and after downloading them into Lightroom, first I went through and deleted all the out of focus and empty frame photos.  Then, by utilizing the command Refine Photos and following the steps that Tim Grey outlines made picking the photos for this blog extremely easy.  Pixology is published monthly and has many good articles on Lightroom and Photoshop.  You can find more information at

Originally, the meet up was supposed to be on Saturday, but was postponed to Sunday, because of the heavy rains.  I was not going to attend the Saturday session because of bird-a-thon (which I am afraid I did not attend because of getting over a cold and the heavy rain in the morning).  With Sunday morning, being very pleasant.  I joined the group at Great Meadows at 5:15 AM, so we could be out on the dike path for sunrise.

The main subject was to be the marsh wrens, and again, the red-winged blackbirds.  Of course, if any other interesting subjects showed up, I wouldn't hesitate to take photos of them.

The first subject was a pair of Canada geese who were watching over their goslings.  One of the goslings was very aggressive and attacking other goslings.

Gosling standing by an adult

Canada geese goslings fighting
The marsh wrens were singing and also gathering material from the cattails to line the nests that they were building.  Marsh Wren males build a number of nests and then the female comes and chooses which one she likes.  In order to take photos of the marsh wrens required patience , since the wrens  would pop up and then go right back down into the deep marsh grass.  They usually would come up around same area so you just had to pick a spot and then adjust position as needed.

Marsh Wren with cattail material

Marsh Wren singing

Marsh Wren doing the split
Again, the red-winged blackbirds were out singing and the interesting part was that they had favorite perches to which they flew in rotation.  This made it easier to get photographs of the red-wing blackbirds.
Red-winged Blackbird singing in the early morning light

Female red-winged blackbird flying

Red-winged blackbird singing on a cattail

Red-wing blackbird flying

I've photographed from around 5:30 AM to 9 AM, came home and downloaded the pictures, selected the ones I wanted for today's blog and then went to sleep for a while.  Later in the day, I post processed the pictures.

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