Tim Boyer Photography

Small Groups, Cool Birds, Fun Locations

Skagit - Samish Workshop 1-2-15

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer
Long-eared Owl Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/200 of a second, f/8, and ISO 320 at 400mm on the Canon 100 to 400 zoom lens.
Long-eared Owl Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1/200 of a second, f/8, and ISO 320 at 400mm on the Canon 100 to 400 zoom lens.

Sometimes you just have to wait.  Inbetween groups of photographers and birders there was a time when there were only a few people around and this owl decided to move up in the tree.  It gave me a clear shot but only lasted a minute or two.

In the trees and bushes next to the owl there was a Bewick's Wren.

Bewick's Wren. 1/500 of a second, f/7.1 at ISO 400. Canon 7D Mark II.
Bewick's Wren. 1/500 of a second, f/7.1 at ISO 400. Canon 7D Mark II.

While standing around looking at the view of Mount Baker I said, "Now if some Snow Geese would  fly by!", several minutes later some did.   Wow, I'm gonna ask more often for what I want to see.

Mount Baker and Snow Geese. 1/1600 of a second, f/5.6 at ISO 320. at 400 mm on the 100 to 400 zoom lens.
Mount Baker and Snow Geese. 1/1600 of a second, f/5.6 at ISO 320. at 400 mm on the 100 to 400 zoom lens.

On Fir Island we found a berm we could climb upon and  practice taking flight shots of Tundra Swans as they changed fields they were feeding in.

Tundra Swans. 1/1250 of a second, f/8, at ISO 320. 400 mm witht eh 100 to 400 Canon zoom lens.
Tundra Swans. 1/1250 of a second, f/8, at ISO 320. 400 mm witht eh 100 to 400 Canon zoom lens.

There were a lot of Red-tails out, I like this one because it looks like it has a full crop, that budge below it's head.  A well fed hawk is a good thing.

Red-tailed Hawk. 1/250 of a second, f/8 at ISO250 Canon 7D Mark II and the 100 to 400 mm zoom lens at 400 mm.
Red-tailed Hawk. 1/250 of a second, f/8 at ISO250 Canon 7D Mark II and the 100 to 400 mm zoom lens at 400 mm.

There also seemed to be more Rough-legged Hawks then I've seen the past couple of years, we had flight opportunities several times.

Rough-legged Hawk. 1/800 of a second at f/8 and ISO 250. Canon 7D Mark II.
Rough-legged Hawk. 1/800 of a second at f/8 and ISO 250. Canon 7D Mark II.
Rough-legged Hawk same settings as above.
Rough-legged Hawk same settings as above.

Towards the  end of the  day we were south of Stanwood looking for Barred and Barn Owls, we couldn't locate them, but there was this nice looking tree and the moon was out, so... I never turn down a landscape opportunity.

Tree & Moon. 1/250 of a second f/7.1 ISO 320 witht eh Canon 7D Mark II.
Tree & Moon. 1/250 of a second f/7.1 ISO 320 witht eh Canon 7D Mark II.

Enjoy!     Thanks    Tim