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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! :)






 
 
 
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.