Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

potty training

Eastern Towhee

An Eastern Towhee enjoying a sunflower seed. If only I could train him to eat turkey poop.

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10 responses

  1. Great pictures. We have the western relative, the Spotted Towhee. Looks almost identical. I love your choice of titles for your posts, Melissa. :-)

    November 10, 2011 at 7:13 am

    • melissakoski

      Bob what in the world are you doing up so early? Thanks for your kind words… I was surprised how grainy these were considering how close I was to this guy and have a sneaking suspicion I didn’t readjust my iso’s to a decent level from some previous evening shots. I probably do that every other month (:

      November 10, 2011 at 7:35 am

  2. melissakoski

    Bob what in the world are you doing up so early? Thanks for your kind words… I was surprised how grainy these were considering how close I was to this guy and have a sneaking suspicion I didn’t readjust my iso’s to a decent level from some previous evening shots. I probably do that every other month (:

    November 10, 2011 at 7:33 am

  3. Heck, Melissa, I wake up early every morning. Can’t wait to get the new day started. And if you believe that, I have some ocean-front property here in west Texas that I’d like to sell you. :-)

    I just happen to be an early riser for whatever reason.

    But, really, about the grain (noise) in your photos, I don’t think it is very bad. At least they are in really good focus. I don’t know what software you use to edit, if any, but a cheap noise-reducing program called DeNoise is available. I use it all the time, with my Photoshop Elements.

    But, again, I think you do very well with what you have, and I enjoy your posts.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:16 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Bob. I’m going ot look into that program. I’ve just been using the iphoto program the past few months that came with my computer.

      I have a little one who has always been an early riser. I’m not one naturally, but have done a bang up job not neglecting the wee ones in the morning the last decade or so. (: There’s a lot more animal activity early morning. Happy Friday!

      November 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

    • melissakoski

      p.s. Bob there’s snow on the ground here. Let’s chat about that ocean-front property. (:

      November 11, 2011 at 7:17 am

  4. Forgetting to readjust the ISO is a mistake I make repeatedly. One day, I keep telling myself, I will learn.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    • melissakoski

      I wonder if I’ll ever learn. It usually happens when I’m seeing a huge deer or an unusual animal and crushing as I realize what I did after the fact!

      November 11, 2011 at 7:00 am

  5. Incredible photo! So adorable.

    November 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks westwood. He wasn’t shy…or very hungry. (:

      November 11, 2011 at 7:00 am

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