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It's All About Habitat

Bird PhotographyTim Boyer1 Comment

14 species of shorebirds at the mouth of the San Diego River and then three more at the Tijuana Slough NWR! A 17 species shorebird day!  

Long-billed Curlew scratching its face. Birds have to be contortionist to satisfy those itiches.
Long-billed Curlew scratching its face. Birds have to be contortionist to satisfy those itiches.

We had the usual shorebirds at the San Diego River, plus this year we had Surfbird, Ruddy Turnstone, and Yellowlegs.  This is a great location for birders and bird photographers.  The birds allow for a close approach, the local dogs from the dog park scare them more than humans walking slowly and getting low and non-threatening.  Tech data: 1/1600 of a second, f/6.3 at ISO 250, with the Canon 5D Mark III and the 600 mm lens and a 1.4 Extender.

Marbled Godwit bathing.
Marbled Godwit bathing.

Tech data: 1/1600 of a second, f/6.3 at ISO 250 again with the 5D Mark III the 600 mm lens and the  1.4 Extender.

Little Blue Heron fishing.
Little Blue Heron fishing.

The light started to get harsh when we finally got close to the Little Blue Heron. Created at 1/800 of a second at f/5.6, ISO 400 and still using the 5D Mark III and the 600 mm lens with the 1.4 Extender.

Redhead
Redhead

In the afternoon before we went to the Tijuana NWR we stopped at a Glorietta Bay thinking we'd photograph Eared Grebes and Lesser Scaup.  They weren't there, but we did find Surf Scoter and Redheads, a very nice consolation prize instead!  Captured at 1/640 of a second f/5.6 ISO 400 with the 600 mm and the 1.4 Extender.  I had to crop this too, so you can see they didn't come in very close, but they're beautiful birds!

Enjoy     Thanks As Always     Tim

Bird Quest 2014 #15

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Memorial Day Weekend means go east for those of us who live in western Washington. The Old Vantage Highway, Wenas/Umptanum Roads all are at their best on this last weekend of May.  

Male Western Bluebird feeding the female.

Male Western Bluebird feeding the female.

As soon as the male was headed back to the nest box with food, the female jumped out and sat on the wire, begging for food in the same manner as most juvenile birds do.  I'd never seen this behavior from the females.

Silhouette of a pair of Western Bluebirds.

Silhouette of a pair of Western Bluebirds.

Here the male is again feeding the female. They were in the shade so I just made the image a silhouette.

Sage Thrasher

Sage Thrasher

Common and very vocal this time of year in the right habitat. On the Old Vantage Highway.

House Wren singing.

House Wren singing.

Brewer's Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrow

Although we were looking for the Sage Sparrow near where we had the Sage Thrasher, we found several Brewer's Sparrows instead.

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

This Barn Swallow has some white feathers on it's back.

Redhead

Redhead

Redheads are very shy and it's difficult to get a close image of them.

Mountain Bluebirds at thier nestbox.

Mountain Bluebirds at thier nestbox.

Enjoy!

Thanks

Tim

More SE Arizona Images

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Desert birds amaze me, some are so bright and bold in their coloration and yet others are so well camouflaged. This post has some of the more camouflaged winter residents of SE Arizona. The first set of images is from The Pond at Elephant Head.  

Greater Roadrunner on a Saguaro cactus stump.

Greater Roadrunner on a Saguaro cactus stump.

Cactus Wren searching for food.

Cactus Wren searching for food.

Mourning Dove in early morning light.

Mourning Dove in early morning light.

Canyon Towhee

Canyon Towhee

Brewer's Sparrow on a perch.

Brewer's Sparrow on a perch.

Gambel's Quail.

Gambel's Quail.

The ubiquitous, non-native species House Wren is even in the desert.

The ubiquitous, non-native species House Wren is even in the desert.

Rufous-winged Sparrow, seems plain until it flys, then it has rufous colored coverts.

Rufous-winged Sparrow, seems plain until it flys, then it has rufous colored coverts.

These next two images are from Gene Reid Park Park in Tucson.  It's a lot easier to get close to Canvasback and Redhead ducks when they aren't being hunted.

Canvasback aren't as shy in this wintering location.

Canvasback aren't as shy in this wintering location.

Redheads are shy but very beautiful birds. One of my favorite ducks.

Redheads are shy but very beautiful birds. One of my favorite ducks.

The next three images are captive birds of prey from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Ferruginous Hawks are one of the largest hawks of North America.

Ferruginous Hawks are one of the largest hawks of North America.

Prairie Falcon on the verge of taking flight.

Prairie Falcon on the verge of taking flight.

A Great Horned Owl taking off from a perch at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

A Great Horned Owl taking off from a perch at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.