A Mixed Bag Of Recent Birds

Occasionally I review my recent images and look for photos that I may have missed that hold some interest for me. This is a collection of eight of those images, taken over the past several weeks. Some aren’t perfect technically or visually exciting but each caught my eye for one reason or another.

 

1/3200, f/6.3, ISO 250, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM, not baited, set up or called in

A male Northern Harrier at Farmington. I like the out-of-focus mountain background almost as much as the bird – the colors remind me of the “purple mountain majesties” line in America the Beautiful.

 

 

1/2500, f/9, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

A male Common Merganser at Farmington. I seldom get this close to the males or this much color in their heads.

 

 

1/1600, f/7.1, ISO 400, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

A Lesser Scaup at a local pond. I kind of like the pose as he settles back down into the water after rising up and shaking.

 

 

1/2500, f/6.3, ISO 250, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

A fourth year (notice that the bill hasn’t yet turned completely yellow) Bald Eagle at the Antelope Island marina. I haven’t had much luck with Bald Eagles this winter but I haven’t spent as much time at Farmington as I usually do. Presumably this bird was in the area of the marina and the second bridge to hunt ducks and/or scavenge falcon leftovers.

 

 

1/2500, f/6.3, ISO 800, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

A male Common Goldeneye threatening another nearby male. I just liked the posture/behavior.

 

 

1/2000, f/7.1, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

A Rough-legged Hawk taking off from a sign post at Farmington. The bird is a little soft (largely due to lots of moisture in the air) but I always find it visually interesting when I catch a raptor taking off at this “ass over teakettle” angle. The wings are still in their first downbeat so I presume that at takeoff the bird must have leaned far forward before pushing upwards with its feet to produce this body angle.

 

 

1/2000, f/7.1, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

A male Gadwall with plant material in his bill at a local pond. What struck me here is the unusual colors and patterns reflected in the water – they almost remind me of hundreds of small, strange-colored lily pads packed tightly together. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it in water reflections before.

 

 

1/640, f/6.3, ISO 800, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

A cold, miserable and forlorn-looking American Pipit at Farmington. I decided to end with this image because the grumpy/sad look of the bird reminded me of how I feel about the many weeks of overcast, gray, dank and miserable weather we’ve had here in northern Utah that has so severely limited my photography.

Starting tomorrow we’re forecast to have five sunny days in a row. I can hardly believe it (and won’t until it actually happens).

Ron

 

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