Tim Boyer Photography

Small Groups, Cool Birds, Fun Locations

Bird Quest 2014 #18

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer

What happens when you mix Cascade Pine Forest, the high desert sage eco-system of Eastern Oregon and a little water?  ....An incredible variety of birds!  Heres the first eight of the sixteen birds I added to this years list.  

Red Crossbill
Red Crossbill
Gray Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Male Western Tanager
Male Western Tanager

I confess I've wanted to get a good Western Tanager image for years, I got several on this trip.  What a special bird for us out west.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

Always photogenic the male Northern Flicker perches prior to diving down to the water for a drink.

Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove

Soft light really shows the beauty of a Mourning Dove.

Pygmy Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Clark's Nutcracker
Clark's Nutcracker
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove

I was surprised to see a Eurasian Collaared-Dove fly in, perch and take off, all in one fluid motion.  It was like an Air Force touch and go landing practice.

I made these images with a Canon 5D Mark III and the 600mm lens.  I used a 25mm extension tube so I could focus closer.  Yes, they were that close!  A couple of years ago I tried to use the 600mm lens with the Canon 7D and I had too much lens, I ended up shooting too tight - even for me.  I set the aperture to f/8 wanting to capture as much fine feather detail as possible, this really helped with the sharpness and increased the depth-of-field a little.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim