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31 December 2007 @ 06:30 pm
Christmas Bird Count  
So, the most of the Saturday was spent walking on a trail along the Coyote creek just south of where I live. Vivek, Prasad and I were doing a bird count for the county and like always I had my camera in my backpack just in case I had a need to use it. For the first hour or so, I didn't even bother pulling out my camera, but when I had my first lifer, I just had to pull it out to get a shot and like it always happens, the camera never went back into the backpack!

I think I'm finally getting used to the extra weight, speed and control of the D300 and I certainly improved my ratio of the good shots to the bad ones. It was cold, windy and drizzling at times and those are about the conditions that this camera seems to pull away from the other ones. Over the day, I managed to get several life birds and got lucky with a few as well. So, here are my last photographs of the fantastic 2007.

An adult Red-shouldered Hawk

A winter-plumaged Clark's Grebe

A winter-plumaged Pied-billed Grebe

A winter-plumaged Horned Grebe

An American White Pelican

One of the rarities for the day - A Red-throated Loon!!

A restless Yellow-rumped Warbler

Downy Woodpecker - I couldn't believe it let me get this close! :)

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Yathinyathin on January 1st, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Well, 12 MP versus 6MP, and 14-bit color, a more advanced CMOS sensor - so I guess the details are a little better! ;)
Shivakumar: Bird on the Bazookashivakumar_l on January 1st, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Awesomeness :)
Beautiful images Yathin.

Wish you a prosperous and eventful 2008 filled with good light.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on January 1st, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
Happy New Year, yathin! I love the expression on that Clark's grebe - that's attitude.
Ruth: Birdlaruth on January 1st, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
Lovely bird photos. Happy new year!
Yathinyathin on January 1st, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! and Happy new year to you as well! :)
kejnkejn on January 1st, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
oooh, the downy! they have them here in NC too. a regular visitor to the bird feeder, so it's not a shy bird.

happy new year, yathin! hope you're feeling better!
sainath on January 1st, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
awesome! happy new year :-)
depontideponti on January 2nd, 2008 10:50 am (UTC)
I am hoping to be able to spend a few days in Yosemite with Karen, before I go off to St Louis, in late April...must check out your posts before I go!Thanks for the photographs. Glad you are better.
calyx22calyx22 on January 6th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
those are stunning! I love your photography. I am adding you as a friend so I can lurk and enjoy your beautiful photos, I hope you don't mind!
Yathinyathin on January 6th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I added you back as well. :)
calyx22: candle girl in the boat dreamingcalyx22 on January 7th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad. thank you.