Birdies

A small assortment of accumulated bird pictures.

But is having colouration like a gravel road a sensible survival adaptation? (Ruffed grouse)
Prison guard. (Northern rough-winged sparrow)
Blending in. (Alder flycatcher)
Serenity. (Barrow’s golden eye)

Incidentally WordPress no longer allows me to edit published posts in any way, so whatever typos I make are now permanent.

First cabin trip of the year!

What can I say? The road is in terrible condition and there’s still snow out there!

Saw this spruce grouse along the way:

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Got out there and the snow hasn’t all left:

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The lake level is extremely high this year:

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There’s another tree down across the path I’ve been trying to clear for years:

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This Barrow’s Goldeneye was relaxing on the water (never seen one before):

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And of course this is why I go:

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Oh it looks good, but it needs massive amounts of work inside yet! Especially since a packrat took up residence over the winter and destroyed a lot. Also, the batteries for the power system have failed – after ten years.

Work, work, and more work. Plus money.

Cameras used: Canon T100, Fujifilm F80 EXR, Nikon P610.

 

Water birds

Just when I was thinking I would run out of subjects …

On a necessary trip to the transfer station I passed by the over-flowing Bridge Creek, which was being enjoyed by a few visitors.

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Canadian Geese
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They are exempt from social distancing
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Common Merganser, which is uncommon around here
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Post-shoot zoom-in
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Bufflehead – no, really; that’s what it’s called
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Digital zoom-in

Fortunately I had the Nikon with me as the ‘single bird’ shots are at full focal length – 1440mm. The Canon’s 250mm would not have caught much detail as the birds were a long ways off. That is the one disadvantage of that camera: there is no way to get that kind of focal length without spending huge money and getting a lens normally associated with astronomical research. This is where the ultra-small 1/2.3 sensor shines. (If there had been sun the pictures would have been much better.)