House Finch At Sunrise

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House Finches are birds that I see everywhere and that I never think about photographing.  Of the species of birds that inhabit the Tucson area they may be the most populous.  They are ubiquitous, showing up at backyard feeders, in mall parking lots, in parks, woodlands, and open country.  Familiarity breeds contempt, I guess.

That said, I’ll always make an exception for a nice image.  I believe that this one qualifies.

I was driving through farmlands northwest of Tucson a few days ago just at daybreak when I saw this male House Finch on a barbed wire fence.  He was feeding on the seeds of the plant just adjacent to the fence.  The bird and its environment were suffused with the reddish light that happens just when the sun cracks the horizon.  In processing this photo I removed some of that, but left enough in to capture the overall mood.

The lesson that this experience teaches is that even the mundane can be beautiful under the right conditions.  It pays to look at things with an open mind.

Image made with a Canon 5Div, 400mm f4 DO II lens+1.4x telextender, aperture priority setting, ISO 640, f5.6 @ 1/2000.

One Reply to “House Finch At Sunrise”

  1. cintwigg says:

    That photograph is a wonderful reminder to look for the beauty in the mundane. Thank you.

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