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Bird Quest 2014 #19

Bird PhotographyTim BoyerComment

Still catching up from the bird photography tour of Central Oregon  --  Malheur National Wildlfie Refuge -- Cabin Lake Photography Workshop.  Here are eight new birds for this year.  

White-headed Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker

It's always fun to see the White-headed Woodpecker.  Black, white and the male red patch ont he back of the head, a cool looking bird.

Cassin's Finch
Cassin's Finch
White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Green-tailed Towhee
Green-tailed Towhee

Green-tailed Towhees are one of my favorite birds, rusty-red flared caps, olive green sides, white throats, and a little challenging to find.  They're like little punk rock stars!

Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

About to take off from its perch for the water feature below it, this Chipping Sparrow looks  like it's cupped in a pair of hands.

Mountain Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee
American Kestrel
American Kestrel
Vesper Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow

There were more Brewer's Sparrows than Vespers in this area, but it was the first time I could tell them apart without going by vocalization/singing.  The Vesper Sparrow is larger, has a rusty patch on the shoulder , and more streaked on the breast, and looks chuckier (maybe not a technical description, but it just looks that way to me).

If you're intrested - this brings the year total to 110 photographed species.

Enjoy

Thanks

Tim

Bird Quest 2014 #18

Bird PhotographyTim BoyerComment

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