Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Birdies

Dale and I took some time to enjoy spring break and the last day of winter by taking a short trip to the canyon. We always take our cameras because we never know that we might see. It turned out to be a good day for birding.

The colorful fellow above looks similar to a robin, but is a spotted towhee. I had to really work for these shots of him, because towhees spend a lot of their time in the underbrush digging up grubs and other insects. He calls attention to himself by kicking up leaves. But since he stays under the darkness of the salt cedar bushes, I had to wait quite awhile to get a clear shot of him in a good light.

Mr. Robin seems to be a bit indignant of my camera pointed right at him. Or perhaps he was trying to see if I had any spare grubs.

I like this fellow too. He's a black crested titmouse and is very fast! He's also a challenge to photograph because he doesn't seem to like to hold still! I had to put my camera on rapid fire to get some decent photos of him. I like his fancy hairdo.



  1. You did a great job, Shell! Your Towhee puts mine to shame. They are very difficult to get a clear shot of. You did good today. Nice shooting!

  2. Ah...thanks sweetie. Just luck.

  3. Wow, you take some amazing bird pics! I would love to have a camera like yours! So lucky to have a wonderful partner who enjoys the same things as you do.

  4. Shell, these are all stunning. What a lens! Absolutely amazing. I'm so glad you have a wonderful partner in photography AND birding! And now, I'm off to visit Dale!


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