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Bird Quest 2014 #19

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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

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.