Sunday, April 27, 2014

SPRING AND THE BIRDS ARE BACK!

Some of the first spring arrivals on my yard are the Dark-eyed Juncos. I love stepping out of the house and hearing their happy twittering all over the yard.


I find that these birds are hard to photograph,because if you don't get that catch light in the eye they look very dull. A sunny day,some fresh food put out and patience,and the rewards came. I did get some decent shots.


When all else fails,put out some peanuts and wait for the Blue Jays.I love these guys. This picture is not cropped,so he was fairly close.


Some days are good and others turn out to be great. Yesterday,April 27,I spent the afternoon with a friend,looking for birds and photos. Action at the local Hawk Watch was slow,but a resident Bald Eagle made several low passes and gave me some amazing photo opportunities.


Sometimes one just gets a lucky shot. No,I did not notice the action in this photo,until I had it on the computer.All I can say is,'I'm glad I'm not the second goose. You may want to click on this to get a better view,then on second thought,you may not want a better view. LOL


The Yellow-headed Blackbirds are back and I love them. What's not to love about that bright pop of colour among the brown reeds? I look forward to many more photo shoots with some of these guys. Here's hoping I can get some flight shots.

 All photos were made using the Canon 7D,with Canon 100-400 mm lens.


 "Remember that life's most treasured moments
         often come unannounced."

23 comments:

  1. Another great read Ruth !!! Was great to see you again yesterday. Great shot of the bald and unreal shot of that poor goose !!! Lol

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  2. I like very much these shots.

    Tomás.

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  3. Great photos, Ruth. I've not seen a yellow-headed blackbird before.

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  4. These are all beautiful portraits of your birds. I especially like the Yellow-headed Blackbird -- I wasn't familiar with that particular variety of blackbird. I had to smile at your 'lucky' picture of the geese.

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  5. laughing at the goose exhaust! :) love your yellow-headed blackbirds!!!

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  6. I had no idea Juncos spend the summer with you. They spend the winter with us. I don't think it was worth their while to come here this past winter. I would love to get a picture of the Yellow-headed Blackbird. I only saw them once at a visitor's centre in Sask and didn't have time for a shot.

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  7. We only get the juncos in the deepest of winter, they seem to love the cold and snow. We have blue jays all the time, it seems. Is your last one a goldfinch? It is wonderful, you can even see his little feet...

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  8. HA HA --on the Goose one... Hmmmm---bet that first guy felt better!!!!!! (Not sure about the 2nd one though..ha ha)

    Love the Eagle shot... I still am looking to see my FIRST EAGLE ever--sometime I HOPE.

    The Yellow-headed Blackbird is gorgeous... I love seeing all of the colors of the birds in spring.

    Great post.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  9. Adorable... Birding gave us one of the coolest results... a lot of pleasure)))

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

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  10. Excellent photos, Ruth! And I LOVE the Goose "contrail"! LOL

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  11. Oh....how funny! Poor second goose!
    It needed to have chosen a better flight. Beautiful yellow headed black bird....I've never seen one!!
    always, always enjoy your photos...
    Shug

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  12. All great shots, Ruth. The one of the Canadian Geese was just picture perfect-it's kind of amazing that you caught it really. Diane

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  13. Wow, Ruth!! I was enjoying the opposite wing positions of the geese, thinking that's what you meant by action, till I looked a little closer! The Yellow-headed Black bird is something else. We do not have those around here.

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  14. The yellow-headed blackbird is on my wishlist for birds I want to see and photograph. Nice photo!

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  15. The yellow-headed blackbird is GORGEOUS!! Hope the 2nd goose was able to maneuver away quickly enough, lol. Great photos, Ruth.

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  16. Lovely photos! I don't think the Juncos leave NC...I have seen them all winter but I have never seen the yellow headed blackbird...AMAZING! The shot of those geese is awesome too!

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  17. Ruth, wonderful images! I still have to add the Yellow head to my photo list.
    I'm with you, I find the Juncos hard to get a good shot of.
    Beautiful Eagle!
    I guess it's always good to be the lead bird!!!

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  18. oh ruth, what a wonderful day!! i did get a good chuckle at the image of the geese. i guess it really does pay to be first ;)

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  19. lol … the goose shot is like my tern shot. I had no idea until I downloaded the photos! :)
    Ruth, I was lucky to have a Yellow-headed Blackbird come to my feeder back in February. This was a rare bird for this location and time of year. They are so beautiful!
    I'm happy that the Juncos have come your way for the spring. Although I saw one today, they've pretty much left our area. They are a winter bird here.
    I hope you have many happy birding days!!!

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  20. I love the Bald Eagle shot! I hope to get a good shot one day. Mine are usually so far away to get a clear one. The Yellow-headed Blackbird is a beauty! And the Juncos are sweet little birds, too.

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  21. ...that yellow headed blackbird is stunning. As is your blue jay photo with the sunlight filtering through the branches shading its beautiful blues.

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  22. You sure have some beauties around there. Wonderful captures. I'm impressed with the images of the birds in flight. And you're so right about the juncos. I haven't managed a decent shot yet. Yours is perfect.

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  23. These are wonderful! I have never seen a Yellow-headed Blackbird. Stunning!

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