Ok, sorry about that title. Today was the first really good morning weather-wise for banding, and it turned out to be pretty good for birds, too. That’s always nice.
My new site seems to be favored by yellow-breasted chats – caught five this morning!
These are awesome birds. I also discovered that, since I’m banding out of my Jeep instead of the comfortable banding lab at RRBO, and since everything around me is heavy shrubs and very, very, green – there’s no suitable backdrop for photos!
After many failures, I settled for using the Jeep door as a backdrop for this bird, which makes the photo look a little weird..
A couple of chats later, I got the idea to hang a towel from the window, at least giving me a lighter background. Not pretty, but better. So, what I need now is a piece of muslin or some white posterboard or something I can hang from the window (that isn’t full of wrinkles and terrycloth) that will give me a neutral background.
Photographing the birds only takes a moment, as I have the camera set on a tripod and positioned in advance. I’ll be ready tomorrow!