Welcome to Week #49 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #49 challenge is birds using selective color with most of the photo being monochrome, black and white or sepia tone. Your choice of birds.
The feature image is a Laughing Gull approaching closer as we ate our picnic lunch on the beach at Little Talbot Island State Park. We don’t feed them, but if a chip blows out of our hands from the wind, we don’t rush to grab it from the sand.
Over the past week, I have shared some tutorials on how to perform selective colors in your photos using three different programs. I shared CorelPaint Pro 2021, Adobe Photoshop 2021 and Cee Nuener’s tutorials using Adobe Camera Raw. If you missed them and want to find out more, click on the following links:
There are many programs, some free and many mobile apps for you to use on your smart phones. I didn’t explore those options this time around, but maybe in the future. If you have a favorite and want to share, I would be up for discussing it for the next go round. We will be doing this again in the near future.
I thought I would leave my Black-crowned Night Heron in for this challenge. This is one of my all-time favorite photos and he has gotten around the blog a time or two.
An adult Tricolored Heron’s face and beak will turn bright blue during the breeding season.
The American Oystercatcher stands out even when I don’t use selective color. His red-yellow eyes and bright red-orange bill make this an easy bird to identify.
The graceful American Avocet is a black and white bird with a grayish head in non-breeding plumage. These two were breeding adults with the rusty head and neck.
Have you ever seen a blue eyed goose? I hadn’t until I saw this beauty at Floyd Lamb Park located near Las Vegas, Nevada. This domestic goose was not mean tempered like some domestic breeds.
Male Mallards have so many beautiful colors. His bluish purple side tail feathers were tucked in or I would have added that color back in with the yellow, green and orange legs.
With a face only a mother could love, this domestic Muscovy Duck lives at the cemetery with some other domestic geese, Mottled Ducks and Mallards.
White Ibises have this orange-red curved bill, but this one had a deeper red. This was one of two parents with one young nearby.
Verdins are small grayish birds with a bright yellow patch on the head and a chestnut shoulder patch (not visible in this photo). I gave you a comparison for this one. He stands out either way. These are desert birds found in the Southwestern part of the United States.
These two male Hooded Mergansers had several females around them. I cropped the brown feathered girls out of the photo. The males have the striking yellow eyes and the breeding females have a cinnamon colored eye.
Imagine if the Muscovy Duck and the Turkey Vulture mated….Okay maybe not! This redhead is nature’s vacuum cleaner. These birds are graceful in the sky and clunky on the ground, but they make the most of cleaning up roadkill.
The Roseate Spoonbill is one of six species of spoonbills in the world and the only one found in the Americas. Their feathers turn pink from eating crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates. The pigments in those food sources is called carotenoids.
Next time…Week #50 – Two or more bird species in one photograph. (6/4/21)