WC really was off photographing birds this past weekend, which is why there haven’t been a lot of blog posts. There’s still a big digital stack of photos to review, but here are some random shots and notes for the weekend’s efforts.
This species had been a bit of a nemesis for WC. While they are fairly common, WC has had trouble finding them and even more trouble photographing them. This is a pretty heavy crop, but WC likes the perch and the blacks and whites are pretty good in the early evening light. Garden Valley, up on the Middle Fork of the Payette River, isn’t exactly nearby, but WC will be giving it another visit soon.
Horned Larks are pretty cosmopolitan. WC has photographed them in the Brooks Range, along the Denali Highway in the Alaska Range, and in Idaho.
This pretty ragged-looking Mountain Chickadee has an active nest in a box at Mrs. WC’s family’s cabin outside of McCall, Idaho.
Osprey are uncommon in Interior Alaska, although the population is increasing as summer lengthens. But in Idaho, even fairly small creeks supports numerous Osprey nest along their length. This bird was actively fishing as WC watched.
Another photo from Mrs. WC’s family’s cabin on Payette Lake. It was pretty dark for this shot; for camera geeks this is ISO6400, but the quality is still pretty good. In WC’s film days, ISO400 was state of the art. This is is sixteen times more sensitive. Sometimes technology is just very cool.
This is another Wilson’s Snipe along the backroads of Long Valley. It’s also a much better shot than the one WC posted Sunday. Farm to Market Road is among the best places WC has found to see and photograph the sometimes elusive Snipe.
A great weekend photographing birds.