16 March 2014

Young blackbird

This young blackbird, still without its full complement of adult feathers, hadn't yet learned to fear humans. That's probably of no real importance, but I hope it learns quickly that cats and dogs, both of which frequent the Massey University campus, should be regarded as real risks.

I could almost have used the macro lens, because this little bird allowed me to approach quietly and slowly to within a couple of metres. I made sure I moved away just as quietly and slowly to avoid alarming it.

[15 March 2014, Olympus OM-D EM-1, Panasonic 100300mm at 136mm, ISO 400, 1/30 at f/4.4]

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Elephant's Child said...

Cats, dogs and sadly some beings pretending to be people.
Love the blackbird in its gawky youngster growth. Thank you.

Zhoen said...

You must move as quietly as an owl.

Another adolescent thinks you are ok.

Relatively Retiring said...

Oh, so vulnerable and so much to learn. Not only cats and dogs but also humans who are not so kind.

pohanginapete said...

EC, 'gawky' fits perfectly. :^)

Zhoen, that's a nice thought. Thanks.

RR, fortunately, I'm fairly sure those kinds of people aren't as common on the university campus as they might be elsewhere. I hope I'm not wrong.