Saturday, February 28, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Monday, February 16, 2015
These are my backyard buddies. I took a break from shoveling and did some shooting. Not because I’ve never shot these birds before, but because I’ve never shot them in such difficult light. So this is more of a photo study to tell myself that when I stop whining and take out my gear I can actually get something done.
Now mind you, I don’t have the beans for real fancy long lenses. These were all shot at 300mm on my D7100 in crop sensor mode.
Mr. Dark-eyed Junco.
Mrs. Dark-eyed Junco
A nice high key shot of a Tufted Titmouse
American Tree Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow. (I cannot wait for them to start singing again.)
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
The season started out wet with about four Nor’easters that were mainly rain. Ever since Groundhog Day, we’ve been getting one snow storm after another. Tonight, we are getting another blizzard.
Below is a selfie of me standing in the driveway with a six foot drift. This is not my happy face. To the right is a picture of our driveway which is supposed to continue around the spruce tree to to the left. The salt marsh is to the right. The wind just put 5’ and 6’ drifts in the drive and the plow couldn’t break through.
Wednesday night the land lord hired a bucket loader to come in and clear the way. What a mess.
Tonight we are getting another blizzard with over a foot of snow.
So I have not been out shooting in a couple of weeks. This is getting old.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus, is ubiquitous across North America. But looking at the taxonomic name, we get a hint that this is a bird with a history. You see, before the 1940s, this bird was found only in Mexico and the western United States. What happened was some enterprising individuals started to sell these birds on the East Coast under the name “Hollywood Finch”. This was and still is a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. As the story goes, the enterprising individuals released their stocks on Long Island in New York. The House Finch has been successfully expanding their territory ever since.
These two House Finches were seen in the Palm Springs, California and are therefore in their native range.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
An opportunity like this doesn’t come up very often. This Loggerhead Shrike flew in and allowed me to take a series of images with different backgrounds.
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Monday, February 9, 2015
I haven’t mentioned it much, but we have been getting a lot of snow. It has been one storm after another for the last couple of weeks. The snow banks are so high that we have no where left to pile the snow. Today we are getting hit again.
I wish I was here. Sitting on a park bench in Palm Springs, California.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Cape Ann attracts Red-breasted Mergansers in the wintertime. They can be found throughout the region. The female below as shot in Gloucester, the male was captured further north up in Newburyport.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
I was cycling through the photos and saw this bobcat image that I didn’t post This reminds me of the old timey gramophone ad, “His master’s voice”.
The bobcat was listening in the grasses by the trail for mice.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
I have a little arroyo that leads up to a canyon that I like to walk around in Palm Springs. Driving by, it seems to be fairly non-descript, but I always take good photos there. Across the canyon, I saw a wren pop out on the rocks. I took this shot to confirm that I was looking at a Canyon Wren. Sure enough, but it was over there on the opposite side and climbing down the canyon into the arroyo and back over to chase a bird didn’t seem to be like a productive way to spend my time. I decided to just enjoy watching it for a while and then went about my business.
The next day I decided to walk up the arroyo into the canyon. It was a longshot because I don’t normally see Canyon Wrens in that area. But why not? After all, I was on vacation. So up the canyon I went.
I did find the bird further up the canyon then where I found him the previous day. It went up on the wall where I was the day before. I was able to get on the bird and from the observations that I made the day before, I could predict what it was going to do and get some good shots. So when he jumped down into rock piles to forage for bugs, I set myself up for when it would come up again.
The next three images illustrate this bird’s behavior. It would look for something tasty in the boulders and then it would hop up on a rock. It would bob, turn and chirp a couple of times and then jump back into the rocks.
Here is another sequence of its display.
I am going to round off this post with a couple more portraits.
Sorry that this post is a bit long, but I put two hours into getting these photos! And what a treat. If you have never heard a Canyon Wren sing in a large canyon, then I would encourage you to listen to the call.
Be sure to visit Wild Bird Wednesday this week!