Close up of a pigeon with an attitude!

Pigeons in California

This pigeon didn’t like me taking its picture!

Earlier today at the Rainbow Harbor Marina in Long Beach, I was surrounded by these common grey pigeons. Most people see them as a nuisance as they litter the areas with bird droppings. I noticed one with a particular “swagger” to him/her.

I waited a few minutes until it was facing me at the right moment and with the green grass in the background I snapped up a few quick photos. These birds are constantly moving their heads so it wasn’t easy to shoot it.

However, this particular bird looked at me with a glare that could kill. It had an attitude and it almost seemed to charge me as I snapped the last image. Perhaps it was a little camera shy? Maybe I should ask the birds for permission before I take the picture! 🙂

The photo above is a tight crop, I wasn’t sure which to use. Here is the other version of the pigeon in the grass. I shot it wide open at f/2.8, which was a mistake. In the larger version the body and legs are out of focus, this was why I opted for close up (even though the birds bill is also a little out of focus).

Shot with a Nikon D7000 and Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED lens.

Surfers line up next to the Huntington Beach Pier

Surfers line up next to the Huntington Beach Pier

Earlier today I noticed a line of surfers waiting their turn to enter the water next to the Huntington Beach Pier. It was a wonderful warm day with about 2-4 ft sets and the occasional 6ft wave. I’m glad I came out, if only for a couple of hours.

I’ve been working on other projects that lately and neglected to update this site and a few of my other sites, like OC Deals. But that should be changing this week. Like surfing, sometimes you need to wait for the right wave of inspiration to make something happen.

According to the “super duper 7000 dopler weather” forecast from channel 7, we should be warming up even more in the next several days. So I suspect I’ll be working at the beach for the next several days!

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