Although cloudy and breezy I headed out to Goleta Beach today as there were a couple uncommon visitors reported to be hanging around, and indeed they were there - a Long-tailed Duck and a Surf Scoter. Must have been nap time as both were sleeping the whole time I was there (right next to each other actually, how convenient).
We are lucky to have a couple of Scott's Orioles that tend to hang around our neighborhood in the fall and early winter. I finally managed to get some decent shots of these handsome birds. They tend to not stay still for long!
A rather shady shot but gives a good view of the overall coloration.
A bit fuzzy on this one, it was shot at quite a distance.
On Apr 4 I participated in a visit to Monticello Utah, hosted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. We visited some Gunnison Sage Grouse on their Lek. The birds were VERY far away, so we would not disturb them, and the atmospheric distortion was bad, so the photos were not terrific. But it was great to see these birds strut their stuff. There are estimated to be less than 100 living in Utah.
Been busy lately, and also the weather has been crap, so not too much time out with the scope. Still have not left home with it. I am hoping to work out the "sweet spot" of the setup, and also pretty up this blog site a bit when some free time comes my way - yeah right.
Junco on a rainy day.
From a sharpness point of view, I think this is my best image yet.
Female Northern Flicker in the rain. Not the sharpest image but I still like it.
Yesterday was not so windy, so I could get some practice in on the usual local suspects. Getting better at focus, still have a ways to go. Thank god for digital, you throw away MANY images to get a good one.
Although it was very windy here today, the birds were out in force. Managed a few decent shots and learned a bit too. Hoping image quality will improve when the birds are not being blown all over the place - many were having bad hair days.
Anna's Hummingbird - Bad Hair Day
Allen's or Rufous Hummingbird - Can they even tell the difference?