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Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird

I tend to get up early, I enjoy taking photos first thing in the morning.  This spring we have a robin nest outside of our kitchen window.  As in past years, I set up my camera and tripod with a remote shutter to take photos.  I’ve been waiting for the four eggs in the nest to hatch. It should be any day now.  This morning I was thinking it might be the day because in the time I had my camera set up the mother bird flew back and forth several times to the hedgerow.  In the past, we have seen mother birds do this to get rid of shells as the birds hatch.  This morning looked like this:

Land, look at camera:

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/200

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/200

Conduct an egg count:

ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/125

ISO 1000 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/125

Head back out:

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/200

ISO 800 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/200

I was sure I would find a hatchling there, but not yet, just eggs today:

ISO 400 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/640

ISO 400 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/640

A bit about last year’s nest is here. A few nice pictures, but an unhappy ending for that year’s nest.  I’m hoping for a happier outcome this year.  I’ve also noticed that my best pictures are a bit later that perhaps what you would expect.  I have good luck between 7:30-8:00am, the mother bird is active and the light in that particular spot is nice then. I guess you could say I’m an early bird that doesn’t have to be that early.

It’s lovely when the photo opportunity comes to your kitchen window, don’t you think?  Feel free to leave a comment or pick a favorite out of this morning’s photos.

A little update on 4/21/15: I have been taking photos of the now hatched birds, to see a few check out my twitter feed.



47 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird

  1. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge-Early-Bird | WoollyMuses

  2. I remember last year one of the eggs didn’t hatch. Poor thing. Hopefully this year is a different story. Great photos, Amy. You captured the scene really well, blow by blow. Set it all up and let the camera do the work 😉 I like the last photo the best. Great serene early morning shot, and very early days for those birds 🙂


      • So far, so good. I’m posting some photos both on Twitter and Flickr, I have links to both places on my sidebar, but certainly I will be blogging about it as well in the future as this is one of my favorite projects of the year. 🙂


      • Not sure why your Twitter link on your sidebar isn’t working. So I found your Twitter though your photography websire and chucked you a follow. Looking forward to seeing more photos from you 🙂


      • Hi Mabel, thanks for letting me know that the Twitter link wasn’t working and thanks for going to the trouble of finding me on Twitter anyway 🙂 It turns out my Flickr link wasn’t working either. It’s up an running now. Thanks to you, all my blog links now are working again.


      • No worries, Amy. Love to connect with fellow bloggers. I will accept your request on my personal Twitter. Feel free to follow on my other Twitter too, I chucked you a follow there as well 🙂

        Really looking forward to your spring photos 🙂


  3. I like the very first photo most – and also how the mini story unfolded – you led us up to wondering and felt surprised to see eggs in there – 🙂


  4. They’ve preserved their nest from last year very well.

    The robins nest of my neighbour’s eaves trough was also reclaimed this year. The birds were lucky as after a heavy windstorm and ice storm last year that damages a lot of trees, a lot of birds lost nests. In my area of my city, many birds species have finally begun to return.


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