Tuesday, November 15, 2011

#158 Mute Swan

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Sailboat Cove, Smithville Lake, November 12, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cattle Egret, Squaw Creek NWR, October 2011

DSC_4255 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_4255, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

There has been a group of cattle egrets hanging around at Squaw Creek NWR for the last month. They have been very cooperative about posing for pictures. I've never seen a wild bird that was as approachable as these egrets.

Monday, November 7, 2011

#157, Bonaparte's Gull

DSC_4637 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_4637, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

The little guy in the middle. Smithville Lake, October 4, 2011.

Monday, October 24, 2011

#156 LeComte's Sparrow

DSC_3967 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_3967, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR, October 23, 2011

#155, Greater White-fronted Geese

DSC_3886 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_3886, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR, October 23, 2011

#154, Peregrine Falcon

DSC_3884 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_3884, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Enjoying a delicious meal of Killdeer, Squaw Creek NWR, October 23, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

#153, Orange-crowned warbler

DSC_2787 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_2787, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR, 10/14/2011. There was quite a nice fall out due to the cold front that passed through and ruined the good photographic light.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Change in tactics

OK, I've decided that I'm no longer limiting myself only to birds photographed in Missouri. This just leaves out too many cool places!

So let's add the following birds (photographed outside MO) to my life list:

#148 Clark's Nutcracker
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#149 Red-breasted Nuthatch
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#150 Golden Eagle
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#151 Common Nighthawk
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#152 Red-naped Sapsucker
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#147, Franklin's Gull

DSC_1839 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_1839, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Smithville Lake, September 23, 2011

Great Blue Heron

Lake Jacomo, October 5, 2011

I love the fall! Such beautiful colors.

#146 Great Horned Owl

DSC_2193 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_2193, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR, October 2, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Orchard Oriole

DSC_7255 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_7255, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

First-year male, top
Female, bottom

#145 Dickcissel

DSC_7186 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_7186, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR, June 4 2011

#144, Northern Bobwhite

DSC_7209 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_7209, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Here we find a typical ground-dwelling game bird. In a tree. Go figure.

Squaw Creek NWR, June 4, 2011

#143 Red-Headed Woodpecker

DSC_7230 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_7230, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR, June 4 2011

Tree Swallow

DSC_7284 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_7284, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR, June 4 2011. They were nesting in the end of this pipe.

#142 Orchard Oriole

DSC_7362 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_7362, a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR, June 4, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Get your duck(ling)s in a row!

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Wood Duck Mama and family

Lake Remembrance, May 30, 2011

#141 Purple Martin

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Lake Remembrance, Blue Springs May 30 2011

Singing Baltimore Oriole

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Fleming Park, May 20 2011

#140 Louisiana Waterthrush

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Burr Oak Woods, May 19 2011

The root of the Flickr problems?

I think I've finally figured out my Flickr problem. It appears that Aperture is updating the Flickr sets and messing up the static URLs. So Flickr may not be at fault after all.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The trick to getting really good pictures

Number one: Be in the field as much as possible! Every day I'm at work I wish I was out in the field.

Number two: Take lots of pictures. Digital memory is cheap. Just keep shooting.

Number three: Understand your camera's controls. I'm still figuring out how to do this, and I've had the camera for years!

Number four: Always be ready. Birds do seem to have an inherent sense of when we're not paying attention. Then they do interesting things!

Number five: Get closer! I've found that using a blind really helps. If that's not an option, get the birds to come to you. Use food or calls to get them closer. Remember not to overdo it with recorded calls. A lot of the time, you're stressing out birds who think they're fighting a competitor.

Number six: Shamelessly study better photographers' techniques!

Flickr FAIL

I know I've mentioned it before, but I'm getting increasingly unhappy with Flickr's service. When you use their "blog this picture" feature, it would be really nice if the pictures ACTUALLY DISPLAYED IN YOUR BLOG.

Anyway, if you want to see the photos, just click on the "this photo is currently unavailable" link to see it on Flickr.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Female Baltimore Oriole Gathering Nest Material

DSC_6512 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6512 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Bird Fight!

DSC_6501 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6501 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Baltimore Oriole vs. Eastern Kingbird. The oriole won.

#138 Swainson's Thrush

DSC_6420 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6420 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Burr Oak Woods, May 15 2011

#137 Warbling Vireo

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Lake Jacomo, May 15 2011

#136 Chimney Swift

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Terrible shot, but getting a good shot of these guys is like "trying to catch a bullet" as a bystander watching me try to get a closer shot remarked. Lake Jacomo, May 15 2011

Eastern Towhee

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Male, Burr Oak Woods, May 15 2011

#135 Eastern Towhee

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Female, Burr Oak Woods, May 15 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

#134 Northern Parula

DSC_6398 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6398 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Weston Bend State Park, May 14 2011

#133 Kentucky Warbler

DSC_6199 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6199 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Thanks to Heidi Retherford for calling this guy in. He got mist-netted later and banded. Weston Bend State Park, May 14 2011.

#132 Red-eyed Vireo

DSC_6207 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6207 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Caught in a mist net for bird banding, Weston Bend State Park, May 14 2011

American Redstart

DSC_6358 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6358 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Male, Weston Bend State Park, May 14 2011

#131 American Redstart

DSC_6385 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_6385 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Female, Weston Bend State Park, May 14 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

#130 Piping Plover

DSC_5650 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_5650 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR May 1 2011.

With Least Sandpipers

#129 Common Yellowthroat

DSC_5655 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_5655 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR May 1 2011.

In the brush on the Mallard Marsh road.

#128 Palm Warbler

DSC_5659 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_5659 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Squaw Creek NWR, May 1 2011.

The Mallard Marsh spur road is FULL of warblers and other birds in the low brush along the creek!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

#125 Sora

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Eagle Bluffs CA, April 29 2011.

#124 Snowy Egret

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Eagle Bluffs CA, April 29 2011. The yellow feet caught my eye!

#123 American Avocet

DSC_5146 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_5146 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Eagle Bluffs CA, April 29 2011

#122 Wilson's Phalarope

DSC_5176 by Harold of the Rocks
DSC_5176 a photo by Harold of the Rocks on Flickr.

Eagle Bluffs CA, April 29, 2011