Fluttering around in the oak branches, I was lucky to have the camera in hand to catch this Black Phoebe! (A big “thank you” to those on Flickr who helped ID this fella!)
I think this is a crow or raven, soaring out over the Grand Canyon. With the 1 Nikon 70-300mm lens, this was a lucky shot – I saw the bird, but was busy with a film camera – and snatched the V3 and aimed.
The local botanical garden is filled with new growth. Vines, trees, shrubs, bulbs are in bloom. Birds and lizards and coyotes are to be seen, and the squirrels are fatter than fat. I was walking home from my visit when a rustling caught my ear . . . this guy was just bopping around within feet of me, and luckily I could get his portrait before he flew off to explore new territory. This is a Dark-eyed Junco.
This was my favorite of all the pictures I took. I wonder if he is a sparrow, like two of the others were. I’ve posted this picture on flickr, and soon we may know!
Note: This is a bushtit!
Here is another of the four “good” bird pics I got over the weekend . . . having never been a bird watcher, once I began looking a little more closely, I really got into it. New hobby? Certainly a pleasant way to spend some time.
Don’t know what this fella is, so the word is out . . .
Note: This is a young White-Crowned Sparrow, as opposed to the old ones from a few days ago.
Here is another bird, definitely a woodpecker! He was about 30′ / 10m from me, and the 70-300mm lens did its magic. As this guy was backlit, I really had to open up the exposure so we can see him. From what I can find on the internet, this is a Nuttall’s Woodpecker, which makes sense as I am in Southern California.