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.
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.
Always photogenic the male Northern Flicker perches prior to diving down to the water for a drink.
Soft light really shows the beauty of a Mourning 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.