Continuing my “Got the Blues” theme, today we don’t have Great Blue Herons, but we do have some gorgeous little Indigo Buntings. This was my first opportunity to photograph these little blue wonders since we came back up to Ohio. In truth, I haven’t been able to photograph these buntings very much at all.
Like this day, and almost every day, the Indigo Bunting is somewhat of a recluse. They prefer the low, thick, and dense areas. This of course makes them easy to hear, easy enough to see with your eyes, and at times even somewhat easy to see through your lens. But focusing on them and not the surrounding leaves and branches, and getting enough light on them in the thick and dense cover…that is a whole different story. This morning, I was just fortunate enough on a few shots, to get enough light and enough openness to get a couple of decent shots off. I certainly would claim these are my best shots, nor are they my worst (how I wish they were), but they are as I said, my first Indigo Bunting shots here in Ohio.
So how did it all happen and take place? After arriving at a somewhat familiar spot, I pulled over to the side and sat for a minute just enjoying the lake lilies and the cool morning fresh air. Off to my right is a sign that says “Do Not Enter.” For a photographer, on foot of course, that sign might as well say: “Feel free to go ahead and check this spot out, you will be the only one in the area.” So I did exactly that, and walked about 1/2 a mile or so and then I heard them, the Indigo Buntings.
When I walked up the hill and over to them, there were literally about 20 or so of these little gems just fluttering around in the thickest part of the area. I took a lot of pictures, because I knew that most were going to be too dark, out of focus, and blurry because I couldn’t get the shutter speed fast enough because of the lack of light. But I also knew that I’d get lucky on a few, and thankfully, I did.
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