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Just A Common Blackbird, But Anyway…

Common Blackbird

The recent weekly photo challenge is about (Extra)ordinary things, and it took me a while to decide what kind of photo I would use for the challenge, mainly because I have all kind of photos that would fit. I eventually decided to use a photo of a common blackbird, because this summer I was pretty much into bird photography.

How do I interpret the challenge or why did I choose a bird photo? I’d say certain birds are ordinary creatures, here in Germany it won’t take you much time to spot a common blackbird for example, at least in the warmer seasons, that’s why no one would say they are special. I was the same, I forgot how beautiful even the most common birds are, until…

I got my first DSLR camera, and although the kit lens is not perfect for bird photography, I could now get much closer to the birds. The Nikon 18-105mm lens is definitely not a birding lens, of course not, but the zoom still helps, and at home I can still crop the image to get even closer. It’s interesting to observe photos of birds, to see them so close. The most common birds mights be ordinary, but yet they are still beautiful, that is my opinion.

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  1. That is a handsome bird! I agree that common birds might be ordinary but still very beautiful, if we just take the time to notice them. I decided to use photos of a common bird for my entry to this challenge too.

  2. Thank you. I wish blackbirds were more common actually. In England they are not so easy to spot anymore. In olden days, we ate our way through them… ” four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie” in a child’s rhyme..

  3. Interesting that you picked a blackbird Dennis. A couple of them have been visiting our garden lately. I think the apple blossom and the fact that there is recently turned earth in the garden has caught their interest. I don’t have a good lens for photographing birds either but I hope to catch some of our feathered visitors in camera this summer as we have had visits from robins and honey eaters too.

    • You might be right, maybe they see their chance to catch some worms because the turned earth makes it easy, or it’s the apple blossom, maybe both.

      We have robins here too, I saw a couple of them this year in the Schellbruch, but I found it quite hard to take photos of them, at least with this lens, because they are rather shy and hiding in the edges of the woods or in the bushes. I hope you have more luck and they visit your garden so that you can take photos of them.

      I had to ask Google for honey eaters, they look beautiful, we don’t have them here. You hopefully can take pictures of them, that would be interesting too πŸ™‚

      • I think we have a couple of honeyeaters nesting in our garage as I keep seeing them flying in and out. I don’t go in there much as I don’t drive so don’t need the car but we’ve had birds nest in the roof there before. We have three varieties of robin in Tasmania and I’m not sure which I’ve seen but I think it might be a dusky robin because there is not much red on it or it could be a female of one of the other varieties as they are usually less gaudy. As you know my camera is a bit limited in what it can do but I’ll try to make up for limitations in the lens by keeping very quiet so I can get closer. They like perching on a wire that carries power from the house to the garage so I often find I’m looking up into the sun to see them.

      • The fun fact is, if you try to make up for the limitations of your camera, it might be a challenge, but trying is still fun, and you are even more happy if you achieved something. Since I’ve been used to take photos with much less focal length too, I probably feel less limited by the 18-105mm than someone who never tried to take photos of birds with a smartphone or point and shoot camera, that’s at least what I take out of the bad reviews of the Nikon kit lens. I believe not everyone thinks like you and me. Photography always meant “make impossible things possible” to me πŸ™‚ That doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t want to own a special tele lens, but I definitely learned how to get around limitations, and that trying alone is the other fun part of photography πŸ™‚

        I didn’t read a lot about robins either, I am not sure how much types we have, I will catch up for this. If you have nests in the garage or near the house, you might have luck with a little bit patience. I saw a woodpecker at a tree in our garden this summer, I sometimes took a chair and waited 20 minutes to get a chance, I had no luck and only saw the bird when I had my camera not with me, maybe next year. I hope you get some photos of the honeyeaters and robins πŸ™‚

  4. Congratulations on a major equipment upgrade! I think you will discover, as so many of us have, that it costs less to be a “dedicated” super-zoom camera for shooting birds and other wildlife than to be that lens for the Nikon. And, if you get the right camera, you can have quality at an affordable price. Meanwhile, that lens is a very versatile piece of glass … from quite wide angle to perfect portrait length. And if the glass is good, there’s SO much you can do with that camera, you will be amazed and delighted, I promise!

    • I believe the fact that I did split two paragraphs like “Until….(next paragraph).. I got my first DSLR camera”, might have confused you πŸ™‚ Maybe I should have written it different.
      I have the D7100 since April and use it since then for most of my photo uploads πŸ™‚ But as said, I see my text looked as if I just got the camera a few days ago.

      Apart from that, I did discover everything you said, you are right, the lens is pretty versatile and I enjoy to work with it, although I might be interested to purchase other lenses as well in the future. But as you said, this glass is really good for wide angle, portrait and a little bit of zoom. I am amazed since April πŸ™‚ Sorry that I confused you with my paragraph split πŸ˜€

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