I love hidden treasures which to me means seeing only part of a bird or animal buried in its habitat going about the business of its daily life. The best part of course is seeing my subject’s eyes and face.
Why? When I view those images I feel like I am a part of the subject’s world and I feel intimately connected to my subject. I’m peeking into their daily life and my photos… well they are an added bonus.
Orange-crowned Warbler peeking out of a serviceberry – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 800, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light
Sometimes that means that my subject appears to peeking out at me. This Orange-crowned Warbler probably wasn’t peeking out of the serviceberry shrub at me, it was more than likely looking at the ripe fruit just in front of its bill. When I look at this photo though I do feel that the warbler was peeking at me.
Immediately after I took this image the Orange-crowned Warbler leapt forward and landed on the branch with the ripe fruit just in front of it and was hidden almost completely by the leaves and fruit.
For one brief moment though I felt that the warbler had connected to me with one furtive glance before it went back to its life.
Life is good.