Checking Their Nostrils
Over the years I have shot a great many pictures. After each day of shooting I edit my images and delete those that don’t pass muster for a variety of reasons. One sure way for a wildlife picture to go to the trash is if the head – specifically the eyes – are not sharply focused. Generally, if the eye is sharp and I can see the pupil, then the rest of the head of the bird/animal should be acceptably sharp. Quite often a sharp eye in a bird photo means that if the head is turned sideways, I should be able to see light through the nostrils.
Such was the case today when I had an opportunity to photograph turkey vultures and a red-tailed hawk on utility poles. If you look carefully at these images, you will see that not only are the eyes focused, but so too are the nostrils.
By the way, the turkey vultures were part of gathering taking turns cleaning up roadkill raccoons. An adult bald eagle was not far away eyeing the food too.
Turkey Vultures on Utility Pole:
Red-tailed Hawk on Utility Pole:
Even though this hen wild turkey was moving away from me, I was able to focus on her eye and nostril. I did not have the same option after this image was recorded.
For those hoping for a little fall color, I spotted this leaf in our phlox this afternoon.
Autumn Leaf in Phlox: