20160401-03 Some birdies

We put the long (100-300 mm) lens on the GH4 and kept alert for birdies to polish our skills for the migration of warblers due in about 3 weeks.

This is a sampling of what we found:

A Red Tailed Hawk on top of a high telephone pole on Hwy 69 between the Mag Reserve and Harris Lake made me stop and turn around to take a provisional shot  from a long way away:

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As I got closer it flew away to another pole.  I tried to sneak up on it but it was prescient about me focusing the lens on it.  Finally on the third pole I was able to get this photo just as it lifted off — to depart the area.

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Smaller birdies:

Male House Finch:

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Song Sparrow:

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Tree Sparrow:

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Ring-billed Gull,

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Calling:

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European Starlings:

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“Nice muddy bottom?”, she asks.

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“Ok, check it out yourself,” he says.

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“We gotta stop meeting like this,” they both say.

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“Lets get outta here before that old guy takes any more pix.”

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Remember this one?

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The birdie in the rear is a Dark-eyed Junco.  You remember the one in front.

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Up on a tree branch this time.

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We are going to keep a look-out for migrating birds, especially the Trumpeters and the Sandhill Cranes.  I have seen a Bald Eagle in the distance and even stayed around this Carp that an otter had killed and pushed up onto the ice, hoping to see the otter return or a baldie come for it.  No luck.

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Those otters have very sharp teeth, eh?

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3 thoughts on “20160401-03 Some birdies

  1. Not only the earth springs into life but the skies above as well – soon we shall be able to hear their sweet songs and marvel at their effortless and delightful flight. Thank you Tom

    • Yes, Krys, using a camera has opened both my eyes and ears to what surrounds us. It is very nice to sit silent watching the birdies flit about and to listen to their chitter-chatter. and serenading. In all of my (considerable) years I hadn’t really listened to birdies until I had a camera in my hands.

  2. Tom, your commentary with the Mallards is hilarious!! These photos are spectacular, you are definitely mastering the lens, and with so much patience!! I am impressed, thanks, I always look forward to your Blog! Thanks, Love Diana XXXOOO

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