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Round 2 of the Pigeon Guillemots I shot a couple of weeks back. This set is a bit bigger than I would like to post but I got a million of them Please note these birds are Guillemots, a fish eating Alcid, they are not pigeons
These are from a mix of days but all from the same location.
To me shooting these guys is what wildlife photography is all about. Hard work with a nice payoff. I would get up way before sunrise, 4:00 or so, hussle my butt out of the cabin, drive to the location, park, walk the mile or so to where these guys hung out, sit down and wait for the sun to break the horizon and for the birds to get used to me. I spent a good 20 minutes or so sitting in the pre-dawn observing these guys before the sun came up. This gave them a chance to get used to me, by the time the sun was up they were not bothered by me in the least. Once the light came around I was able to move about, albeit slowly, without disturbing them. I was then able to photograph them as I please. It's a lot of effort to do all of this but the payoff is huge. To me this is wildlife photography.
1 Mom do I have get up?
2 sometimes they wandered in really close
3 a courtship display
4 a courtship display from the back. I was photographing her from the front when she suddenly turned as if to say "so hot shot, expose this!"
5 sometimes they can look quite plump LOL