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Speaking of subtle beauty…

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2020 by lilybug1960

Speaking of a subtle beauty…
 
The female Eastern Bluebird is definitely one of the most beautiful birds I get in the yard. So very overshadowed by the vivid colors of the male, the female’s soft pastel colors make it one of my favorite birds. I think the Eastern Bluebirds know they are my favorites and that most of what I do in the yard was and is to attract them to set up residence here. Since my youth I have always been enamored by them. Their soft warble of a song makes me stop and look every time. The fog from the snow gives this image an even softer look.
 
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Subtle Beauty

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2020 by lilybug1960

Subtle beauty.
 
As vivid as the male Northern Cardinal’s color is, especially against the white snow, the female’s beauty really stood out more so in my eyes. Only splashed with some red and orange their browns and tans just made them jump out to me perfectly in the snow. I’ve mentioned the reason males and females of many songbirds are different, known as sexual dichromatism, the females are more attracted to colorful males, but because they are more vulnerable to predators since they are the ones who incubate the eggs, they tend to be much more drab in color. Being more “drab” in no way means less beautiful though in the case of a lot of the birds, the Northern Cardinal being one of them.
 
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The Bear Woods birds on a snowy day

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The Bear Woods birds on a snowy day.
 
I really enjoyed sitting on the back porch the other day photographing my winter snow birds.
A lot of the birds, well most of the birds, are year round residents with the exception of the Juncos and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. On a day where the snow came so fast and unexpectedly, it was important to make sure the feeders stayed full and clear of snow. The birds were very tolerant of my presence and it was almost like they knew I was there to help them. It was great to relax with my feathered friends.
 
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Taiga, Great Grey Owl at TRC

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Taiga, Great Grey Owl at TRC.
 
I could look at Taiga and her facial expressions for hours. Becky, the Education Director at the Teton Raptor Center, said Taiga has the look like she is always surprised. That is the perfect description for her. The “shot” still alludes me that I want to get of her, the one where she is looking directly into the camera. I have several that are close, but depth of field is an issue. I get her beak sharp, but the eyes are a little soft. I will just consider it something to look forward to visiting in 2021 at our Winter Workshop in the Tetons.
 
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Beatrix, the female American Kestrel at TRC

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Beatrix, the female American Kestrel at TRC.
 
I posted an image recently of Frost the male American Kestrel, and also one of them together a while back, but this is Beatrix’s portrait. She is not as colorful as her male counterpart, but absolutely beautiful as well. The Teton Raptor Center is fantastic not only for the birds they have in their Educational Program, but for all the birds in the area.
 
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Frost, male American Kestrel at TRC

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Frost, male American Kestrel at TRC.
 
One of the birds that fascinate me the most when we do our educational program with the Teton Raptor Center is Frost, the male American Kestrel. Frost is the smallest of the raptors at TRC, but super popular. He came to the TRC as the result of being frozen to a pipe during a storm. The end result was he is unable to fly, but is very active and a great ambassador. I wanted to include the hand to give an idea of size. Kestrels feed mainly on smaller prey including grasshoppers and large insects. I remember when I was younger always seeing them on power lines beside fields.
 
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Hardeman, the Red-tailed Hawk at TRC

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Photography Workshops, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2020 by lilybug1960

Hardeman, the Red-tailed Hawk at TRC.
 
When we take our group to the educational program with the Teton Raptor Center, Becky, the Educational Director, will often ask if we can capture a few images of birds they need for their purposes. We are always glad to do what we can to help so we focused on a few birds this year for her. Hardeman was one of the birds we spent extra time with for portraits. Hardeman is named for the historic barn that is located on the property where the TRC is located. This past year the moved the barn over slightly to help preserve it for years to come. Hardeman was brought to the Center after being struck by a car and lost vision in his right eye. With all the focus on the renovations at the TRC and how incredible it will be with all the new structures, the historic barn will be a center point of how the new there has embraced the historic past of the property. Hardeman’s namesake will be talked about often and each time he educates someone the story of his name will be mentioned. He has a big year ahead of him and well, many more as well. Hopefully our portraits will help in the efforts of the TRC.
 
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