National Bird Day 2017

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My photo friend Jan Timmons over on flickr pointed out that today is National Bird Day 2017.  You know how much I like birds so, to honor them on their special day here are some of my favorite birds. I made these images all in California during 2016.

Snowy Egret-Juvenile; pretty close to fledgling.

Snowy Egret- Juvenile

Clark’s Grebe w/chick and Fish-dawn

Clark's Grebe with Chick and Fish

The Elusive American Bittern- I’ve only seen these a handful of times.

American Bittern

and last but, not least our National Bird in the U.S.A. the Bald Eagle- Adult.  I’m so happy this bird is making a comeback in California.

Bald Eagle-Adult

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2017

Happy National Bird Day 2017!

More to come…




American Bittern

Copyright © 2012 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2012 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved

Sunday afternoon I spent with Rainey and Dali photographing birds and waterfowl. Late in the day we saw a Bittern and an Eurasian Wigeon. The lighting and weather weren’t ideal; the sky was getting darker both due to time, and it had been stormy the night before so the sky was still overcast and flat. Monday the sky was blue, and the sun was shining so we decided to go back in the afternoon to take advantage of the better light. The Bittern was there in the same place  we’d seen it before tucked in the reeds under an overpass with the late afternoon sun warming his back. This shot was taken from the overpass looking down on him/her.

I uploaded Lightroom Beta 4 to try it out. I’m a bit lost since this is the first time I’ve ever tried LR, but I have to say the highlights and shadow recovery sliders are pretty good. The white feathers around his neck were pretty blown out due to the late afternoon sun beating right down on him. LR did a great job of bringing back the detail in his feathers on his shoulder, and neck.  I’m going to be using LR4 for the next several weeks. I’ll be sharing my thoughts and feelings about it as I learn it.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 80-200 @200mm+ Tamron 1.4x TC| f8| 1/50sec| ISO 500| Manual Mode|hand-held