The McKee Bershers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville Maryland is a 4,000 acre reserve where corn, buckwheat, and sunflowers are planted for pollinators and wildlife. The birds remain throughout the summer to feed on the developing seeds, but there’s a three to four week window when the fields are in full bloom, drawing numbers of photographers and birdwatchers to enjoy the brilliant colors.
This guy kept diving from one side to the next, and then settled into a prime location where I was able to get a clear shot. They are difficult targets. I was fortunate that he stood still for precisely 1/320"
This was a great photo to practice with color balance RGB as well as the developmental diffuse or sharpen module. Getting his bright blue feather coat to look right without overdoing it was a challenge. Enjoy!
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