Randy Bayne

Eastern Towhee – Photo of the Day

Occasionally I take my camera along while I walk the dog. Yesterday was one of those days. It was early enough to still have good light, and birds were still active before the heat of the day drove them into hiding.

As we rounded a corner an Eastern Towhee perched on the street sign. It was almost like it wanted to help me get a good image. The bird stood still and allowed me to get unusually close. I was not expecting to get a clear shot. The tail feathers of a fleeing bird at the edge of the frame maybe. What was not expected from close range, in the open, was a couple good bird portraits.

Eastern Towhee

More often than not a Towhee will be found flipping around through ground debris for bugs and worms. “Birds of the undergrowth,” is what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology calls them. Which is exactly where I normally find them. So when one decided to pose on a street sign I naturally took the shot.

Learn more about Eastern Towhees on the Web at: Audobon Field Guide and Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Eastern Towhee

Use that camera

It is rare that any of us are far removed from a camera these days. Not only the ones that seem to surround us no matter where we go, but the one we carry in our pocket or purse, or strapped to our hip or arm.

Use it.

I did not plan on this shot. Even if all I had was my iPhone would have at least tried to get this shot. If you want to improve your photography you have to make photographs. Do it, and have fun.

Shot and Camera Information

I don’t usually post the technical information for my shots. The biggest reason is, “your results may vary,” and probably will. When I do give this information it is intended to be a general starting point. An idea of what you might want to try.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
  • Lens: Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
  • ISO: 640
  • Focal Length: 400.0 mm
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Exposure Time: 1/125 sec.

I shot in manual mode, which I encourage whenever possible and practical. It is a handheld shot simply because I don’t normally carry a tripod when I’m walking the dog. Processing was done start to finish in Lightroom Classic.

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