Last year, I posted a look back at some of the best photos of 2013, and thought I might try that again this year. I managed to pare down the initial 63 selected photos of just the MN and CA backyard birds to the top 10 by making some tough choices. Reasons for their selection are listed below the photo, but I would be interested to know if blog readers agree. Which one of these is your favorite?
A juvenile Barn Swallow waiting patiently to be fed. This one projects a lot of personality.
A Black-crowned Night Heron fishing on Lake Temescal in California. I picked this one for the nice reflection of the heron in the water below.
Canada Geese on the move on the Mississippi River in the spring. Action shots are more interesting to me.
Cedar Waxwings are such handsome birds, with their yellow and red accented feathers and black mask. I liked the composition of this photo, even if we can’t see the bird’s handsome facial markings.
A cowbird chick begging for food from its foster parent, the much smaller Chipping Sparrow. This photo “begs” to be captioned. I’ll leave it to readers to make suggestions.
Three (Mallard) guys communing with nature at sunset. I picked this one for the color, and the symmetry of the three ducks. This was taken literally 100 yards from my back door.
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks don’t usually pose so nicely for me. I like the just opened leaves surrounding him, as he cocks his head to inspect the bird feeder below him.
There was some foreplay going on between these two Mourning Doves. I guess you could call this “billing”, and they may have been cooing as well.
Of course I had to include warblers in my top 10 selection, and what better than the stand-out Chestnut-sided Warbler.
Couldn’t bring myself to throw the Yellow Warbler out of the top 10 either. I like the way the bright yellow pops out of the darker background.
White Pelicans flying over the Mississippi — such photogenic and graceful flyers. Another action shot to finish off the top 10.
Oops, I just recounted, and there are 11 birds here. I can’t decide which one to reject, so I’ll leave it up to my readers.