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.
Clark’s Grebe w/chick and Fish-dawn
The Elusive American Bittern- I’ve only seen these a handful of times.
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.
Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2017
Several friends and I went out to Central CA to a National Wildlife Refuge to see if any Sandhill Cranes or Snow Geese had arrived and photograph them.
While on the auto-tour we spotted this Red-tailed Hawk on a post. We had a good vantage point to photograph it so we all started framing and firing our cameras which spooked him.
It was just what we hoped for. We all got some really nice shots of him taking off, and flying low in the marsh grass.
I needed help identifying this Red-tail. My National Geographic bird book isn’t very clear on the Light and Dark Morphs. Thanks to my friend Dali for I.D.ing it for me. Since then I’ve purchased a new bird guide-book: Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Between the two books I hope to be able to ID birds more easily.