February 19, 2016 Salineno Birding Area, Texas

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

Yet More From Salineno

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

Well, a little good news, bad news, for you. The good news is that I have apparently worn out my new Nikon D810 camera taking flight shots of small birds here at Salineno and have had to send it in to Nikon for repair, so, at long last, I now will have to stop taking any more of these shots. The bad news is, I have a backlog of several hundred shots that I have not yet found time to process, so these bird images will continue to be posted as I get the backlog processed.

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

The number of decent shots per session has ballooned as I improve my props and learn how to guide the birds flight paths so that they end up close to where I want them so that they are in focus. Thus where initially I may have only captured one out of twenty shots worthy of review now it is more like one out of six, and I may end up with as many as 200 shots I have to edit and process each day.

Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal

I now find myself throwing out shots I would have been elated to get just a few months ago. Yet, as long as the camera was working, I still had to keep shooting each day because … you never know, that perfect shot might just be the next one you take.

Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Green Jay
Green Jay
Long-billed Thrasher
Long-billed Thrasher
Northern Cardinals
Northern Cardinals
Green Jay and Female Northern Cardinal
Green Jay and Female Northern Cardinal
Green Jay and Female Northern Cardinal
Green Jay and Female Northern Cardinal
Green Jay and Female Northern Cardinal
Green Jay and Female Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal and Green jay
Northern Cardinal and Green jay
Northern Cardinal and Green jay
Northern Cardinal and Green Jay
Green Jay and Female Northern Cardinal
Green Jay and Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinals
Female Northern Cardinals
Long-billed Thrasher and White-tipped Dove
Long-billed Thrasher and White-tipped Dove
Great Kiskadee and Female Cardinal
Great Kiskadee and Female Cardinal
Great Kiskadee and Female Cardinal
Great Kiskadee and Female Cardinal
Great Kiskadee and Altamira Oriole
Great Kiskadee and Altamira Oriole
Northern Cardinals
Northern Cardinals
Northern Cardinals
Northern Cardinals
Altamira Oriole and Northern Cardinal
Altamira Oriole and Northern Cardinal
Altamira Oriole and Green Jay
Altamira Oriole and Green Jay
Altamira Oriole and Green Jay
Altamira Oriole and Green Jay
Green Jay Kiskadee and Altamira Oriole
Coming and Going
Altamira Oriole and Green Jay
Altamira Oriole and Green Jay

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February 15, 2015 Gunsight Wash BLM near Why, Arizona

Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal

A Weekend of Bird Photography

This weekend I decided to stay home and see what birds I could attract to my campsite here at, and at the edge of, Gunsight Wash. This is a BLM dispersed camping area right on Route 85 just a little south of the village of Why. There is a lot of dense vegetation along the edges of the wash and I had a feeling it might prove to hold a lot of desert birds.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version, and I might suggest that you do for some of these larger versions are pretty nice, if I say so myself..

Gila woodpecker
Gila woodpecker

All of these images were actually taken from inside my motorhome, some taken through the glass when necessary, while others were shot through the open window after I removed the screen ( fortunately there are few bugs here ).

Troublesome verdin
Troublesome verdin

I did set out the hummingbird feeder in the closest Palo Verde tree and while it did attract a few Costa’s hummingbirds, it proved to be difficult to maintain as the verdins and the gila woodpeckers were determined to find a way to drink.

Gila woodpecker
Gila woodpecker
Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal

Only about 20 feet from the motorhome window was a dead saguaro cactus, it’s bare skeleton held erect by the remains of the skin on it’s upper branches, and this provided a great spot to hang out some oranges in an attempt to attract some gila woodpeckers, a bird I did not have any decent images of.

Verdins
Verdins

Turns out that almost all the birds here were interested in the oranges.

Brown towhee
Brown towhee

Took me a while to figure out just who he was, for this is a new bird to me, but this brown towhee was a regular visitor over the weekend,

Rufous-sided towhee
Rufous-sided towhee

and his more secretive cousin, the rufous sided towhee, also raced in and out first thing in the morning when there was never enough light to get a good shot.

Gambel's quail
Gambel’s quail
Gambel's quail
Gambel’s quail

This lone Gambel’s Quail showed up a few times, always alone, kind of an odd thing for this bird, always seen in flocks.

House finch
House finch
House finch
House finch

There were lots of house finches,

White crowned sparrow
White crowned sparrow
White crowned sparrow
White crowned sparrow

White crowned sparrows, as well as other unidentifiable ( by me anyhow ) sparrows, often as many as a couple dozen ground feeders in a t once.

Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal

But the star of the show was this male northern cardinal, without a doubt, the most perfect specimen of this species I have ever seen. He absolutely glowed, the most brilliant plumage I have ever seen on a cardinal.

Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal
Northern cardinal

He was very aggressive about chasing the female cardinal out anytime they both were here, which seemed a little odd,

Female northern cardinal
Female northern cardinal

so she was a little more of a challenge to capture since she was always forced to eat and run.

Verdin
Verdin

I finally did get a nice closeup shot of a tiny verdin.

Antelope squirrel
Antelope squirrel

A pair of antelope squirrels joined in downing the bounty here. They often were gathering seeds shoulder to shoulder with the birds, who exhibited no fear whatsoever of these small rodents.

Gila woodpecker
Gila woodpecker
Gila woodpecker
Gila woodpecker
Gila woodpecker
Gila woodpecker
Gila woodpecker
Gila woodpecker

And, of course, now I can say I have a few shots of the gila woodpecker.

It actually rained a little Saturday night, as in even hearing raindrops on the metal roof. The “Green Desert” the Sonoran, is going to now get even greener, as if that were possible.

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