Here’s a real short post on a few shots I got on May 8, 2012, including a video of a Mourning Dove, and a few more shots taken on May 17.
I recall this being a very low-activity day for wildlife at the refuge and I think I only shot about 100 frames–way below my normal of around 500-700.
Let’s get started with a shot of a Common Yellowthroat, tucked away in the cattails. (6:49 a.m.)
The shots usually look better and more detailed in the larger view. Please click once on the thumbnails you see below to view the larger versions.
Next I get a fairly decent look at an immature Bald Eagle flying by. There was a bright white sky at the time so I thought I would insert a more colorful background for the heck of it. I rarely do this (change out backgrounds) and when I do, I make sure to disclose it. Here’s the shot. (6:59)
I drive by the cattail area between posts #3 & 4, and this Mourning Dove lands in a perfect spot for a shot–camera level, decent light, and nice perch. On top of this he decides to start calling out, so I switched over to video to capure his ‘song.’ Here’s the still shot. (7:13)
And here’s the video, which I had posted a few weeks ago in my Videos section of the website. Have a look if you haven’t seen it yet and turn up your volume.
May 17, 2012 at Mt. Tabor Park in Portland, Oregon.
I decided to give Mt. Tabor a try again since I have seen a nice variety of springtime birds there in the past. But things were really quiet here, too. So I have three shots I want to post–two of a bird and one of a critter!
Here are a couple of shots of the Dark-eyed Junco. Both shots taken with flash since the bird was in fairly dark shade. I don’t prefer these strong flash shots but I figure it’s better to have a shot with flash than no shot at all. (2:30 p.m.)
And here he is with a bug in his mouth. (2:42)
And a squirrel poses for me near the road. This shot did not use flash. (3:17)
My next post will include some shots from May 25. I have a cute video of the two Great Horned Owlets that I’ll post, too. Until next time, thanks for dropping by!
4 thoughts on “May 8, 2012 – Tue. – Ridgefield NWR; May 17, 2012 – Mt. Tabor Park”
Another great post! Especially love the mourning dove shot! Beautiful!
Thank you, Kimi!
Gorgeous. We have mourning doves who visit our yard. They are the sweetest looking birds. I often hear, coo, coo, coo, coo… sometimes it seems like hours.
Thanks, Sue! Yes, doves seem to have a calming effect on me and for the most part, they are not too skittish when it comes to photographing them.