Willow Flycatcher

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Willow Flycatcher- I thinkWhile out birding for Sandhill Cranes and other birds that are migrating to Central California for the winter I got a quick glimpse of this little Flycatcher. I got three rapid bursts off before a Black Phoebe came flying in to chase this bird off the post.

This is a first sighting of this bird for me. I think it’s a Willow Flycatcher. Please correct me if I’m wrong. If it is a Willow Flycatcher it too is wintering here from the Northeast, Mountain, and Northwest states.

I saw him at 3:30pm when the shadows were getting long, and cloudy, diffused light was getting more golden by the minute. I was shooting at f8 to get as much in focus as I could which resulted in this photo being a bit under-exposed, noisy, and a bit soft.  I like the painterly effect it’s given the image.

I boosted the contrast,opened up the exposure value, sharpened, and did a little noise clean up when I developed this image.

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 300mm f/4 @ f/8| 1/1250s| ISO 500| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Hand-held shot through an open window of the car.

An image I took of the Phoebe taking control of the post. I wasn’t quite fast enough to get the whole Flycatcher in the frame.

Pheobe_5494Yesterday was Veteran’s Day in the States and while at lunch we were lucky enough to see  the last few passes of an Air Show in honor of our Veterans. Here are some photos I snapped before our lunch arrived.

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Nikon D300s| Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4

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