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Expectations

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As photographers do we just go out and photograph what's there or do we expect to see certain birds in certain locations?  The habitat was right, the birds that I had photographed five times before in the same location were not there.  Why?  What changes, recent storms, climate change, who knows?  In the past two days, I have expected to see Lesser Scaup in one spot and Wood Ducks in another, and they just weren't there.  There were consolation prizes, though, Redhead ducks and Surf Scoters in Glorietta Bay and Phainopepla, Red-tailed Hawk, and Northern Harrier at Santee Lakes.  Today I think I'll just go out and see what I find!

Here are a couple of my favorite images from yesterday at Santee Lakes.

A wet Double-crested Cormorant.
A wet Double-crested Cormorant.
Winter plumage male Ruddy Duck. 1/320 of a second, f/7.1 ISO 400 Canon 5D Mark III the 600 mm lens and the 1.4 Extender, +1 Exposure Compensation.
Winter plumage male Ruddy Duck. 1/320 of a second, f/7.1 ISO 400 Canon 5D Mark III the 600 mm lens and the 1.4 Extender, +1 Exposure Compensation.

Enjoy    Thanks    Tim

Bird Quest 2014 #4

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Santee Lakes on day three of the Southern California Bird Photography Workshop  I led on Janaury 9th (yes, I'm still catching up on posting) Warm weather and lot of ducks!  

Male Ring-necked Duck swimming towards us.
Male Ring-necked Duck swimming towards us.

The weird thing about Ring-necked Ducks is they should have been called "Ring-billed" Ducks.  The white ring on the bill is far more distinct for birders then the not so obvious ring of rusty feathers on the  neck.  In this image a little of the ring-neck can be seen.

Male American Wigeon
Male American Wigeon
Northern Pintail, male.
Northern Pintail, male.
Preening male Wood Duck.
Preening male Wood Duck.

Santee Lakes are the easiest place to photograph Wood Ducks, a little cracked corn and they love to have their picture taken.  It's possible to get really low and shoot eye level.

Male Northern Shoveler
Male Northern Shoveler
Resident Osprey
Resident Osprey

It's always fun to see an Osprey in the winter, I think this one is at Santee year around, but in the Pacific Northwest where I live, we don't have them very often in the  winter.

Female Great-tailed Grackle
Female Great-tailed Grackle

Last year I posted an image of the male Great-tailed Grackle, so here's the female.  I think I like the color tones of the  females brown feathers.

The local fishermen call this Great Blue Heron "Junior", his father didn't make it through last winter.
The local fishermen call this Great Blue Heron "Junior", his father didn't make it through last winter.
Not sure what these American Coots were fighting about, maybe early spring posturing.
Not sure what these American Coots were fighting about, maybe early spring posturing.

So, coots are in the rail family not the duck family.  We see them with ducks all the time, and the other rails (Sora, Virginia Rail) are so shy it's difficult to think of the ubiquitous, coot as anything other than a duck.

Winter plumage male Ruddy Duck.
Winter plumage male Ruddy Duck.

Good birding!

Birding/Photo Project #4 & San Diego Workshop Images

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These images were taken on Jnauary 7th during the San Diego Workshop. We spent a full day shooting at Santee Lakes, the birds were cooperative and very close at times. This has to be one of the best locations in San Diego County to photograph birds.  

Great-tailed Grackle at Santee Lakes, CA
Great-tailed Grackle at Santee Lakes, CA
Wood Duck, Santee Lakes, CA
Wood Duck, Santee Lakes, CA
American Wigeon, Santee Lakes, CA
American Wigeon, Santee Lakes, CA
Pied-billed Grebe, Santee Lakes CA
Pied-billed Grebe, Santee Lakes CA
Ring-billed Duck, Santee Lakes, CA
Ring-billed Duck, Santee Lakes, CA
Red-tailed Hawk, Santee Lakes, CA
Red-tailed Hawk, Santee Lakes, CA
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Santee Lakes, CA
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Santee Lakes, CA
Ruddy Duck, Santee Lakes, CA
Ruddy Duck, Santee Lakes, CA
Great Blue Heron, Santee Lakes, CA
Great Blue Heron, Santee Lakes, CA
Snowy Egret, Santee Lakes, CA
Snowy Egret, Santee Lakes, CA
Cinnamon Teal, Santee Lakes, CA
Cinnamon Teal, Santee Lakes, CA
Gadwall, Santee Lakes, CA
Gadwall, Santee Lakes, CA
Brown Creeper, Santee Lakes, CA
Brown Creeper, Santee Lakes, CA