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Northern flicker

Bird Quest 2014 #18

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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

Patience vs Perseverance

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White-headed Woodpecker
White-headed Woodpecker

For the past five years I’ve sold the images I create at art festivals, and each show I hear a few people say, “Wow, he has a lot of patience”.  They’re implying that patience was the main factor in getting the image, I think the better word is perseverance.

Patience, or the power to wait calmly, is passive, it’s waiting for something to happen.  Perseverance, or the ability to endure or persist, is much more active.

Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

Perseverance is following the process through and not giving up.  It’s making it happen, it’s sticking with the plan.  If I sit in a photo-blind waiting for a White-headed Woodpecker to land nearby, it might be that I have patience, but not really. I know (and my friends will tell you) I’m not a patient person.  I’m active, I create images, I make it happen.  How do I do that?  I’ve studied the birds behavior, I set up the photo-blind by a water feature, and I know I’m in the right place, at the right time, in the right habitat. I know it will show up, and if I persist through the hot weather, the heat of the photo-blind etc.  I’ll make it happen, because I’ve been actively engaged in the process, and pre-planning allows for the success of perseverance.

David duChemin got me started thinking about this: PixelatedImage Blog

Images created with a Canon EOS 7D, 600mm F/4 L IS USM lens.