November 16, 2011
My first Wednesday November birding trip (my first ever birding trip) started out early in the morning. We all met at a local bakery and carpooled out to some areas around Bend.The first thing we found besides robins and ravens, was this varied thrush at Cline Falls Park.
I had never seen one of those so it’s called a “Life Bird” for me. I am getting a lot of those up front here since I am new to this.
I will tell you, birding people are as big of geeks as camera people and just as crazy. I can now say for sure bird photographers have to go be high on the list of biggest geeks ever. Not only can they say “I shot that at f4, ISO 800 with a 500mm lens, a 2x tele-extender and a polarizer on a Bogen tripod with a Manfrotto head.” They can say “I shot that blue-footed-tail-flicking-yellow-billed-north-American-booby on Sunday at 7:22 AM on the road next to the sewage ponds, at….. f4, ISO 800 with a 500mm lens, a 2x tele-extender and a polarizer on a Bogen tripod with a Manfrotto head.”I just jump up and down and point and shout “BIRD”. I let them take it from there. Today someone said, “You have to be more specific.” So, I yelled “Okay…FLYING BIRD.” It turned out to be a rough-legged hawk, which was very cool for all and got designated “The Bird Of The Day”…. but was too far away for photos. I really need a Canon EF Telephoto lens - 500 mm - F/4.0 with a 2x tele-extender (and I want to show off my camera geekiness.)
OK so back to the birds. We also found a merlin but he was also too far away for photos. My birding dudes are driving 50 mph while holding binoculars and watching birds. If they find something good they swerve to the side of the road and stare.I can't believe we don't get stopped for reckless or drunk driving.
This juvenile white crown was kind enough to hang out and pose for me until I got my bird photography wings (so to speak).
...and shortly after that someone yelled “GBH overhead 11 O’Clock!” as a great blue heron flew over. That was most awesome.
The day was great. We also saw house finches, robins, ravens, geese, ducks, red-tailed hawks and a zillion others I'm forgetting as well as, coyotes, donkeys and otters along with some superb landscapes.
November 23, 2011
Today our birding group went to the Sunriver area for Wednesday November birding. It was really, REALLY windy. Not a ton of birds but enough to keep this newbie happy. I scared the first great blue heron off the river, which was sad since I really wanted that shot. He did fly overhead so that was nice.
We also caught a great blue heron way up in a tree far away thus reinforcing my need for a 500MM lens.
The little kestral was hunched on the wire in the wind and he wasn't going anywhere so that gave me some good shots.
The shoveler ducks were awesome…
...and the light on the river was just too good to pass up this landscape shot.
It’s going to be in the A & E magazine!
November 30, 2011
Wednesday November 30, we went out approx. 3 miles into the Dry Creek Canyon Trail in The Badlands for our last November birding trip. (and then back.)
We didn't see very many birds. We heard a few we would have liked to seen, like the rock wrens and a few fleeting glances of clark's nutcrackers.
I did get one nice photo of a red-tailed hawk landing in a tree.
The landscape yielded a few nice images of volcanic layering….
…and the old owl nest was cool!
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