Saturday, August 28, 2010
This Brown Thrasher was a brave bird to venture into my sister's yard in Little Rock. It was one of the few birds that was not spooked with a person in the yard. In fact, it seemed somewhat curious. I got quite accustomed to seeing this bird around on a daily basis.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Note: I did get good shots of the deer and will post them along with the caribou and moose shots that I took this summer.
For now, I must give this up and go pick some blueberries. Not much chance that I will find an Eastern Bluebird in the blueberry fields here in Newfoundland.
Monday, August 23, 2010
This particular bird was photographed in Eureka Springs, where they could be frequently found. There were often several Kingbirds playing together, much like Juncos. They flitted about playing and catching flies. Flycatchers tend to move very quickly.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Initially it was a Killdeer that caught my eye and lured me into this area. Once in, I found many different species of birds, including this Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is found in Northwest Arkansas, areas of Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. This was my first sighting of this bird, and I was able to see two others fly in front of the car before we ended out stay in Eureka Springs. It is very rare to see this bird outside this area.
Although the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is supposed to have pink, even hot pink, on its sides and underneath, in this lighting it looks yellow. I was, I guess, lucky to even see that because this special bird was sitting atop a 50' tree covered in leaves. Every time it showed itself, I snapped the shutter like crazy. These three images were the best that I could get.
I was sure that I would get a good picture because there were so many. Well, I was wrong again. The RW Blackbirds came and went, all day long - every day, but not in my yard. They were always about 40 yards away, at best.
However, that is not all that uncommon. It takes a lot of time studying a bird and adjusting to its habits, distance and all of the other extraneous factors to get a good shot. These beautiful bird photos in books and on the Internet, even Flickr, take hours of time and expertise to create. Knowing that is what makes a great picture so pleasing.
When I went to Eureka Springs and set up in the bird blind for about 15 minutes, this very differently marked brown streaked bird showed up to check me out. I took three shots before it left and they all turned out "OK."
Friday, August 20, 2010
It was quite large and very sensitive to my presence, not at all used to people.
At one time all Canada Geese were "Canada Geese." However, I believe it was in 1984 that the Canada Goose was reclassified with sub-species to include the Lesser Canada and the Cackling Goose.
This immature Lesser Canada Goose shows faint shades of its adult markings. If time permitted, these young geese would have been ideal for a full day's observation. Another time, maybe.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
In the same location in Eureka Springs, I found these three Domestic (Chinese) Geese. There is one male (with the bump on its beak) and two females. They were smaller Geese than the Greylag and are pictured here with the Lesser Canada Goose for size comparison.
This Greylag did not seem domesticated and was not nearly as big as Michael. I have included an image of this Greylag with the Lesser Canada Geese to better show its size.
Friday, August 13, 2010
This long-legged wading bird stands very still for long periods of time feeding on fish that dare to pass too closely.
Note the white dots in the atmosphere. These drops of moisture were not visible to the naked eye but were certainly captured by my high shutter speed. And we think it is humid here in Newfoundland!
A Little Blue Heron was spotted here in St. John's just two days ago. If it is located again, I will rush to see it, with camera in hand, of course.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The female of this species also has a crest and the very distinctive bright red beak.
The female was often seen very close to a male who seemed to be watching over her in this shot. The Northern Cardinals were so plentiful and so bright that they lit up the yard with color and activity.
I will just have to wait until my next trip South to get the great photo that I had hoped for.