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  1. Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

    Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

    A juvenile bird that has found it's way to the Southern Sierra mountains of California. This a rare sighting in this area, as this bird is more commonly found in the mid-west to the East coast, and up into Canada.
  2. Barn Owls

    Barn Owls

    This is a cavity in a cliff-face that used to be a nest site for Great Horned Owls. These Barn owls have decided that they might make a go of it for themselves.
  3. SHARP-SHINNED HAWK

    SHARP-SHINNED HAWK

    A winter visitor, this adult Sharp-Shinned is very much relaxed as is evident from the leg pulled up indicating low stress levels.
  4. Dark-Eyed Junco

    Dark-Eyed Junco

    California received record snows this last winter. This drove several species of bird into the yard, where I keep lots of food all day. This Junco sat on a snow drift on the top of the fence watching the other birds feeding below.
  5. House Finch and Dark-Eyed Junco

    House Finch and Dark-Eyed Junco

    A House Finch (left side bird) and a Dark-Eyed Junco staying warm. The Junco simply tucked it's head and went to sleep, while the House Finch looks drowsy. In any case, it is common behavior for birds to loft (fluff up) their feathers to stay warm. The space between feathers trapes body heat.
  6. Mountain Bluebird

    Mountain Bluebird

    A winter migrant that comes into the valley. They like open areas, like pasture and lake shore-lines. This male was imaged along Lake Isabella shore.
  7. White-Crowned Sparrow

    White-Crowned Sparrow

    Common migratory bird that is taking advantage of the food I leave on a daily basis.
  8. Western Bluebird

    Western Bluebird

    I keep water available for whatever bird may want a drink. While imaging birds in the yard, this male Western Bluebird came in for some refreshment.
  9. Northern Harrier

    Northern Harrier

    2nd image of series...
  10. Northern Harrier

    Northern Harrier

    On a day trip my brother and I went looking for a Northern Harrier he ( my brother ) had sighted. This bird flew onto this snag where I was able to get several good images. The bird was quite confiding, and did not seem put off by my approach.
  11. Black-Chinned Hummingbird.

    Black-Chinned Hummingbird.

    This and the Anna's are very similar in appearence. So, ID of them takes a little experience and practice. The lack of diffiniteve markings in the chin and throat; lack of markings in the flanks; the shortened 1-3 rectrices help to ID this as a Black-Chinned
  12. Rufous Hummingbird

    Rufous Hummingbird

    Rufous No. 2
  13. Rufous Hummingbird

    Rufous Hummingbird

    Lots of hummingbirds at the feeders. The Rufous tends to be more agressive about defending a paticular feeder. This species of hummingbird has the longest migratory rout. According research, this species has a good memory, able to go back to where a feeder was placed the previous year. A group...
  14. Hermit Warbler

    Hermit Warbler

    Taken on a day trip up to Greenhorn sumit. This is a summer migrant. This is the first time I've been able to get an image of this species. Though I'm pleased to have the image, I'm not satisfied with the quality.
  15. California Quail

    California Quail

    Just another...
  16. Spotted Towhee

    Spotted Towhee

    Nice adult male. Shy bird, but, during winter months the need to find food forces them take a few chances.
  17. Red-Tailed Hawk

    Red-Tailed Hawk

    You can always tell when a hawk is relaxed, and not wary. If you look closely you will notice the bird's left leg is tucked up in a shadow area in the center of the chest/belly area. A little yellow coloring is visible in the shadow. Raptors do this when they don't feel threatened, and after...
  18. Nuttall's Woodpecker

    Nuttall's Woodpecker

    The only difference from the juvenile male to that of the adult male is the position of the red in the head. In this image the red is positioned near the forehead. In the adult male the red is positioned near the back of the head, in what would be called the occipital region. This bird is one of...
  19. California Quail

    California Quail

    No matter how many times I've imaged this bird I still an struck by their beauty. Is it any wonder that it is the California state bird.
  20. Anna's Hummingbird

    Anna's Hummingbird

    I don't like the BG in this image; looks too much like a studio image.
  21. Green-Tailed Towhee

    Green-Tailed Towhee

    Another bird from the day trip (June 7). This is a bird that likes deep vegetation. A common bird, but one that has to be teased out in order to get an image.
  22. MacGillivray's Warbler

    MacGillivray's Warbler

    From Thursdays trip to Greenhorn summit. This is a migratory bird the comes into the higher elevations of the local mountains. It is a figgity little bird (though to image), but it's all about patients.
  23. digishooter

    Comment by 'digishooter' in media 'Blue Grosbeak (male)'

    Thanks all. Kevin, you are correct, they are shy. However, I use recordings of the birds calls, and Grosbeaks respond very well to these recordings. But, there is a certain ethics that should be observed and that is to not overuse recordings, especially when the birds are nesting. This causes...
  24. Blue Grosbeak (male)

    Blue Grosbeak (male)

    A migrant species that comes into the valley to breed. The male, obviously, is a real photo-op. This was taken at Tilley Creek Campgrounds, in Wofford Heights. In this image the plumage is a little worn. I should have gone out about a week earlier to get the bird in it's finest. When nesting...
  25. Blue Grosbeak (male)

    Blue Grosbeak (male)

    A migrant species that comes into the valley to breed. The male, obviously, is a real photo-op. This was taken at Tilley Creek Campgrounds, in Wofford Heights. In this image the plumage is a little worn. I should have gone out about a week earlier to get the bird in it's finest. When nesting, it...
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