A grey bird and some yellow ferns

The birds are starting to come out from the nest, and I have to move carefully in the woods and keep my dog on a short leash. The one above is a young fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) and it obviously wasn’t able to fly yet. He was just flapping his wings and could barely get on to this branch from the ground were he was staying. It sure was fear of danger that made him “fly”, but for me it was great to be so close. I am not a bird photographer, most of the birds I see is more like dark dots high up above me, just a small silhouette agains the sky, or some noise in the bush.

I love the fresh, green colours that are so abundant in june. I was down by the river not long before sunset, that is around 22:30. The light was filtering through the vegetation that consisted mainly of ferns. It was a green eldorado and I did some photos. When I looked at them at the computer I was shocked. Alle the greens had turned yellow. Big disappointment. It was probably related to sunset, but I tried to get my photos more green by editing them a little. I wanted them to show what I had experienced, but it did not work. The camera wanted to decide.


33 thoughts on “A grey bird and some yellow ferns

  1. WOW! It is not easy to capture these little birds, how nice you were so careful. I loved your photographs, it is so inspirational to walk in the wood. Thank you dear Bente, love, nia


  2. The fieldfare is of the same family as our robins – the thrush family. It’s nice that you keep your dog on the leash for the birds’ sake. We do the same here when the baby birds are just out. The last fern picture is very impressive. Nice contrast between the sky colour and the plant. And I love how the curly ends of the fern are accented. You have a good eye.


  3. Hi,
    Very nice photos, and I love the photo of the bird, you must of been quick to get that one, I love his little chest, with the black dots, very nice. 🙂


  4. Kodak had an instruction in their film package “Daylight film is for until 2:30 Hr before Sunset, and after this,
    use Tungsten Type film with thin blue CC filter” = Color temperature changes a lot with the angle of the Sun.
    For Digital Camera, use Light-balance setting of Tungsten light and a bit of color correction on PC.
    I quite like golden colored fern. —– Yet, I wish to see your famous great wide-angle shot of spread of fern field over looking the sun ! (with a lots of exposure compensation) 🙂


  5. You captured the bird very well and the image has a really nice blur behind the bird. In my opinion photographing birds high up in a tree is very difficult and even if the focus doesn’t come out as sharp as you would like, you can still get a good composition which is visually pleasing.

    Even though the ferns came out yellow, the composition still has beautiful light and that is the important thing. I often get funny light in my shade photos at certain times of the late afternoon, but my light turns out blue (not yellowish). I would love to see some more photos taken that late at night in Norway – they are really lovely – almost like a painting.


    1. It takes about 10 days after a Field fare has left its nest before it can fly…Field fares are one of the bird together with Sea gulls people kidnap and leave to rehab centers thinking something is wrong!!!!


      1. There are many people, and more and more, who don’t know about what’s going on in the nature, Ann. But don’t worry, I will not kidnap any bird that has just left the nest.. 😉 10 days, I didn’t know it would take that long.


  6. The yellow is absolutely o.k. If you look at ferns in the evening sun they turn yellow. So I love you photos. They look like summer to me! And that you capture the bird is so beautiful. Ha en nyyydelig dag! 😉


  7. The Fieldfares visit our garden in winter to feast on our apples. They are very bossy birds – chasing off all the Blackbirds relentlessly. They are also very nervous birds – my slightest movement will see them all take flight.


  8. I find photographing ferns very difficult. The image never seems to look the way I think it will, and it never seems to capture their beauty as seen in person. I do love these images, though!


  9. Underbara bilder, särskilt på ormbunkarna! Som en fotokonstnär sa : Jag vill inte att en ingenjör i Japan ska bestämma hur mina bilder ska se ut. Men, ibland så blir det lite så ändå. Jag kämpar med att ta bilder på trutar och annat vitt. Ofta blir bilderna för vita, och detaljerna försvinner.
    Här syns ljuset, och det är vackert och grönt.
    Allt gott till dej!


  10. Here in Norfolk, England we see these birds in our fields in winter alongside their brother redwings. I am always reminded that they come from further north (Scandinavia) where the climate is more extreme.


  11. Glückwunsch zu diesem sehr schönen Foto einer jungen Wacholderdrossel. In den Wintermonaten sind sie bei uns häufiger anzutreffen, zusammen mit den Staren sind sie auf Futtersuche in den Apfelbäumen. Ich mag das Gegenlicht in deinem Farn, liebe Grüße nach Norwegen von der Frau Pilz


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