Dark-Eyed Junco 1

photograph of a dark-eyed junco

The dark-eyed junco is a common bird in Richmond during the colder months.  When the weather warms they will migrate to the Appalachians and Canada, not to return again until autumn.  They make for tricky photography subjects as they are small, quick, and almost never still.  I waited until this junco hopped into a patch of direct sunlight to get a shutter speed fast enough to catch it.

I would like to give some credit for this photo to Cornel Apostol.  If you’re not familiar with Cornel’s blog, check it out at http://apostolcornel.wordpress.com.  On several of his posts he’s mentioned throwing a sheet over his head to get closer to birds.  That inspired me to rig up a simple blind which I used to capture this image.

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About Doug Couvillion

I'm an amateur photographer living in the Richmond, Virginia area. I use photography as a creative outlet and something completely different from my profession. View all posts by Doug Couvillion

One response to “Dark-Eyed Junco 1

  • roberta4949

    they are cute little birds I had a flock of slate colored juncos in my yard yesterday, a vey nice large flock that were just tearing up my bird feeders, they are quick little fellos.

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