Category Archives: birds

Birds in Flight: Part I

New I’ve recently had questions about photographing birds in flight. Today I will begin to address some of the techniques and tips for flight pictures, although to some degree it will be somewhat general, as there are so many different … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Turnstone

The Black Turnstone is one of the sandpipers that winters along the entire Pacific Coastline of the United States and of parts south. You may have seen my fairly recent post of Turnstones bathing on the shores of Tomales Bay, … Continue reading

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Gobble gobble

Gobble. Gobble gobble, gobble. Gobble gobble gobble Gobble-gobble-gobble. Gibble? Gobble. Gobble! *This post has been brought to you by the wild turkeys of West Marin. No animals were injured or killed in the making of this post, nor were they … Continue reading

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The Red-necked Phalarope: One of the littlest birds that could

New This is one of the funnest little birds that I know of to watch, and one of the more remarkable. I often see them on the bays near where I live during as they migrate between the arctic where … Continue reading

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The Elegant Tern of the Seasons (and no, “auto-correct” did not goof the title)

New Orion twinkled above me as I slid my kayak into the water this morning. I clicked off my headlamp and paddled into the slowly brightening day, my paddlerocketing me my gentle paddle strokes easing me into the coming adventure. … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #79: The Wrybill

New I took this photograph during a fairly recent journey to New Zealand (the Wrybill is endemic to New Zealand, and so the best place to go to take a photograph of one is…) I didn’t however go to New … Continue reading

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The Marbled Godwit: An essay in photos

I must begin this with a quick, simple explanations of the birds “interesting” name. It has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with Olde English. God meaning “good”, and wit or withe meaning “creature”. So the Marbled … Continue reading

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A portrait of Three Young Kestrels

New Where I used to live there was a hole in the eave, and it turned out to be the perfect size and shape for kestrels to make a nest in. You see, they are cavity nesters, and like to … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #80: Helmeted Guinea Fowl

New What does it mean to photograph wildlife? Sitting (or lying) for hours in a hide or a blind? Careful stalking through the woods, practicing woodcraft handed down throughout the generations? Having a 500+mm lens that you cart around in … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a photo #81: The Least Sandpiper

New While kayaking one day along the shores of Tomales Bay in the Point Reyes National Seashore, I saw a small flock of Least Sandpipers land, then begin methodically working their way along the line between land and sea. It … Continue reading

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The Peregrine and the Gull

New I was paddling my kayak through the Giacomini Wetlands, and I was watching two juvenile Northern Harriers (Marsh Hawk, Circus cyaneus) as they dove and swooped upon each other in the skies above. I lost them for a few … Continue reading

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The Walking Loon

New It sounds like the name of a micro-brew beer or a smaller wineries label, but it is actually something that grudgingly happens in nature. You see, loons aren’t really made to walk. Their build… not designed for walking. Ponderous … Continue reading

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