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I’d sing it in the morning!
Last Saturday morning I spent a lovely morning out birding with friends Dali, and Rainey. The weather was great, cool, with a blue sky with a few big, puffy white clouds for just the right amount of diffusion, and not too many intruding city-life sounds.
We went out with the hopes of finding Stilts, and Avocets with chicks or on nests, but we found few Stilts, and only saw two or three Avocets. Overall there were very few shorebirds at all in either of the places we birded yesterday.
We did see quite a few other birds so the morning wasn’t a total bust. Here are some of the images I took Saturday morning.
Mallard and chick. This was the only chick we saw with her sadly. Actually it was the only chick we saw all morning.
A Mockingbird imitating several birds. I like this pose and setting.
The Cliff Swallows were very busy making sorties to and from their nests.
Hummingbirds are very entertaining and didn’t disappoint this morning either. I saw a territorial spat, but with my 300mm lens wasn’t able to get both birds in the frame. Here’s the offended Hummingbird who thought he had territorial rights to the whole tree.
…after a little of this posturing this Hummer decided he wasn’t having another Hummingbird on the tree, so he went on the attack. I didn’t get them both in the frame, but here’s the intruding Hummer on the defense. They squabbled a bit then they both flew away, and neither returned for sometime, so we moved on.
The Bumble bees were busy with the only blooms I could see.
…and there were other kinds of birds practicing their landing skills at a nearby airport.
Another little Anna’s Hummingbird posed for me.
The most colorful bird of the morning was the Ring-necked Pheasant.
Saturday morning was also a great opportunity to really give my 300mm f4 lens a workout. I hadn’t really since getting it back from Nikon. I’m so happy to report it works really well. It is quieter than before the fix, and AF (auto-focus) seems quite snappy, and responsive even with my 1.4x Teleconverter on it.
It was a good morning despite there being only few shorebirds.
Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4| Hand-held