My trip to the “white world” of Box Elder County two days ago produced close encounters with several species including a small covey of Gray Partridges.
Typically I’ve found this species to be pretty secretive but these birds were determined to eat grit found alongside the edge of the road so they tolerated my pickup and repeatedly came in close. There was so much snow on the ground that the grit couldn’t be found anywhere else.
Because of the snow and the bright-white clouds that diffused the light and dispersed it evenly onto everything around me most of my shots of these partridges have very little detail in the snow. They almost look like the birds have been pasted onto a very white piece of paper.
So I made special efforts to fire my shutter whenever there was something else, anything else! in my viewfinder other than snow and the bird. Sometimes it was in the foreground…
and other times in the background.
Once I caught a bird running down an almost vertical snow bank but sadly I cut off its foot.
A close-up shows the bright red spot behind the eyes of adults. That spot is actually a bare spot (no feathers) and changes from gray in juveniles to red in adults.
Sorry about the lack if image techs and the brief text this morning but I’m in a world of dental pain and discomfort so I’m not concentrating very well. My first visit to the dentist apparently didn’t identify the source of the problem and the symptoms have worsened so I’ll be visiting him again today.
If things don’t improve soon I may take a day or two off from Feathered Photography. Just so you know…
PS – In light like this I sometimes add a touch of contrast/saturation selectively to the bird during processing but this time I didn’t do it. All I’ve done with these images is make slight exposure adjustments and sharpen.