Owls of Eastern Oregon recently photographed.
Here are additional photos from the Costa Rica trip spanning from 6 miles s of the Nicaraguan border to the mountainous highlands at 8000 ft of the south.
We just returned from a trip to Costa Rica and visited many different habitats from dry tropical forest, wet tropical lowlands, cloud forests and coastal mangrove.There were a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles photographed.The birds included many Hummingbird species,Trogons, Toucans, Motmots, Herons, Warblers, Tanagers, Owls, Hawks, Kites, Orioles, and Oropendola, Macaws, Parrots, and Woodpeckers.We stayed at remote lodges in at least 5 areas.Tropical Birding organized and led the trip and did an excellent job of finding birds and locations.It really is necessary to have a guide to find many of the birds as they are not always that obvious. We will be updating with new posts with more images in the coming weeks.
Black Bear Cub
” Why Don’t We Do It In The Road ?” The Beatles
Black Bear Cub Cinnamon
We spent 12 days in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton near Jackson Hole, Wy. Most of the wildlife was shot in the Lamar Valley in the NE section of Yellowstone east of Mammoth Hot Springs. We were there the middle of May until the 22 and it snowed once or twice with some rain. Temperature ranged from 29 to 45 at night and mostly in the 50’s to 60 days. This is a good time to go before the large influx of tourists although there already were plenty clogging the roads every time a bear appeared on the side of the road. Most of the wildlife was shot with a 300 mm f2.8 Canon lens with either a 1.4 or 2 x extender and a Canon 7d mark ii or the new Canon 1DX mark ii body The landscape was with a 17-40 mm wide angle mostly on the full frame body. There are more photos which I will post later.
We just returned from a trip to SW Florida including Ding Darling Preserve on Sanibel Island, Corkscrew Swamp (Audubon) near Naples, Fl, and Cape Coral, Fl where the Burrowing Owls and the Bald Eagle nest was located. Winter from Nov until March is the best time to go before some of the birds leave and the weather gets hotter and more humid. Sanibel Island (Ding Darling) is best early in the morning at sunrise and low tide. Forget the middle of the day as the light is too harsh and the birds are not very active. You need at least a 300 mm lens or 400-600 for more distant birds. Some birds are not very afraid of people so they come within 10 feet at times if you stay still but I used 420 mm most of the time. ( I used my new 300 f2.8 IS II with a 1.4 extender most of the time giving me 420mm with my Canon 7d mark II.) On the Bald Eagle nest I used the 300 with a 2x extender as I was over 150 feet away (as close as allowed with signs protecting the nest).
I will post more photos including Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Painted Bunting, an alligator, and a Red-Bellied Woodpecker soon in the next blog.
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Recent photographs taken near Tucson at Desert Museum outside of Saguaro National Park and San Pedro River near Bisbee, Arizona with new Canon 300 mm f2.8 IS II lens on Canon 7D Mark II body.
On our latest trip to the Chiricahua mountains in southeastern Arizona, near the town of Portal, there were some spectacular birds. I was able to photograph Western Screech Owls, Whiskered Screech owls, and Elf owls.The Elf Owl is the smallest owl in the world at 5-6″ high and weighing only 1 ounce. Other birds include the Elegant Trogon only found in a few mountain ranges in southeast Arizona, Mexico and Central America with an estimate of only 100 birds in the U.S. These were in the south fork of Cave Creek Canyon south of Portal. The Pyrrhuloxia is a subspecies of the Northern Cardinal found only in S Texas, New Mexico, and S. Arizona. The Gambel’s Quail were in a breeding ritual with the female jumping in the air and making different vocalizations. Two males fought over the right to mate with the female.
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Burrowing Owls are becoming increasingly rare in San Diego Co due to loss of habitat and predators. This is the first time I was able to get the juveniles as they start to leave their underground burrows, often empty ground squirrel burrows. They primarily eat insects, mice, lizards, and small rodents.
Here are some recent photographs of Great Horned Owl chicks and Barn Owls. The unusual part is that they were in the same barn and coexisted. Usually Great Horned are dominant and will kill or chase away the Barn owls.
The Great Blue Herons are in tall pine trees near the coast and the young can fly but still hang around the nest to be fed by the adults. It is not smart to stand directly under the nest as the extensive “white-wash” on the ground is a warning.
More Snowy Owl photos from our trip to Seattle in early Jan. I went through my original images and found a few more that I liked out of a couple of hundred raw shots. Sometimes it pays to go back and process images that did not “pop out” the first time around.