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July 30, 2008


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The Zen Birdfeeder

NatMom - Take offs and landings, yes, but so hard to catch sharply. Thanks for visiting and hope to hear from you again soon.

Natural Moments

Wonderfully artistic shot. Some of my favorite bird photos to look at involve taking off or landing.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Larry - thanks. Just a lucky shot for me!


Cool photo Nancy! I have a Birdcam but haven't gotten any shots like that yet. Thanks for the explanation Bart.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lana - glad you like!


Oh wow! That's an awesome shot!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Bart - thanks for the information on what causes this effect when taken on the Birdcam. Feel free to use the image on your blog or website.
NOTE: Bart is the designer behind the Wingscapes Birdcam.

Bart Stephens

Cool Nancy. This is a optical aberration that can occur with digital cameras. In this case, the 'speed' is slower because the scene is shaded,...less available light. A digital camera chip renders pixels one line at a time. The wings are moving much faster than the head and feet, by the time the chip has drawn the top lines, the wing has moved. This would translate as 'blur' on film. On digital,...it is more like 'sharp blur.' Here at Wingscapes, we have a little collection of these 'warped wings' images. Few are as beautiful as this.

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


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