Backyard Feathered Friends – 10/5/21

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The next day’s lunch and birding date.Β  This could easily become a habit.Β  😏

It was a cloudy mid-day and all was quiet for the most part.Β  A Blue Jay stopped for a visit, and for once sat nicely in the open instead of hiding like they do.

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Blue Jay

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A Northern Flicker was chasing a female and obliged with a pretty yellow wing-wave on the way by!

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“Sorry, no time to stop!”
Northern Flicker (male yellow-shafted)

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His sweetheart was landing in a tree across the creek.Β  I love all that hidden yellow we are lucky to see in flight!

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Northern Flicker (female yellow-shafted)

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I spooked a Great Blue Heron into flight who spooked me too.Β  I composed quickly for some shots!

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Great Blue Heron

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In the next shot, it looks like the heron had something to say.Β  I’ll take it as, “Gotta go, see you another day!”Β  (my try at a B&W process)

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Great Blue Heron

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And then the enormous GBH wing-wave!

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Great Blue Heron

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A final bird, one I don’t know for sure the exact species.Β  (Anyone?)

I got these two shots, and there’s not much to show to help ID.Β  So I’ll just let it shine as a pretty bird enjoying life way a-top a tree.

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(Species unknown)

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(Species unknown)

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I’m quickly building some feathered friendships in my backyard.Β  😊

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33 thoughts on “Backyard Feathered Friends – 10/5/21

  1. I can just picture you, settled in your new home, trying to eat breakfast but looking out your window, and jumping up and grabbing your camera to capture something you have just spotted outside. That is the story of my breakfast every day. You will love it!

  2. You do such a great job of getting the focus on the entire span of a bird in flight. Not an easy task to do. If you ever decide to teach a birding and photographing birds in flight class, sign me up! πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you so much, Irene, you are so kind! All I do is practice tracking, over and over again. Getting comfortable with your lens and finger on the focus ring while tracking is key. I do throw a lot of photos away, I promise! But it is so satisfying finding the one shot in the mix that I succeeded. πŸ˜‰ No bird is safe from me in flight even if they think they can outfly my lens. πŸ˜…

      • Thanks for the advice, Donna. My last two attempts at capturing sandhill cranes in flight have shown a little improvement but I will keep working on it. 😊

  3. I enjoyed the Great Blue Heron shots, and the last one , though do not know what it is. Wouldn’t it be embarrassing to discover it is a common one we all know? Ha Ha. Have a good day!

    • Thank you, Jane! I still look at that shot, I hate when I can’t ID a bird, lol. I think it is in the flycatcher species. I have a folder full of shots like these I need to take extra time to scrutinize, see if I can figure some out. Goodness, I’d hate to pass on a new lifer I couldn’t ID. 😁 πŸ˜‰

  4. I’m impressed with your new friends, I wish I had them in my backyard. Great shots, Donna. πŸ™‚

  5. Some lovely friends Donna, it would be lovely for a Blue Jay to land in our backyard one day it would be most welcome, though our Noisy Miners would soon have it on the hop. The unknown bird there reminds me of our Catbird, but not yours.

  6. Nice to see lots of birds in your new neighborhood. Yesterday, I was thrilled to see 2 female, 3 male Flickers foraging on the back lawn, staying for about a half hour. Such gorgeous birds!

    • Thank you, Simon! For such a large bird, GBHs are so graceful in flight. I’m still hung up on the unknown birdie, I’m thinking maybe in the flycatcher family. Oh well! I have a lot of folders of little birdies I don’t know, still working on IDing. πŸ˜‰

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