Friday, December 17, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
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Monday, June 21, 2010
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Judges Comments: "This is the kind of image I would see in National Geographic. The first thing that strikes me is the eyes of the owl that captures the viewer and holds them. It is an intense stare and you get a connection to the owl because of this. I like the way the creator of this image simplified the background through shallow depth of field, the background is completely indistinct and just becomes a lovely green backdrop to this image. I like the rim light that really make the bird stand out from the background, and the fact there is enough shadow detail for those eyes to grab you. I think the only thing I find myself wanting is a little more intensity in the eyes...not too much. That might be accomplished through a low-power fill in flash or perhaps some mild post-process. All in all, a great image."
I really enjoyed getting the judges' comments on my own image, as well as the others, as they help me improve as a photographer.
I knew when I saw the winning image that it would probably take first, and I agree with the judges' 1st. place pick. Personally, I would have liked to see a little bit more light on the eyes, though. See it here.
Monday, May 31, 2010
I don't know much about these long legged birds, but I think they are quite pretty. According to the "Birds of Idaho Field Guide", they sweep their bills back and forth to find insects in the mud in shallow water. They migrate to Mexico and they nest in southern Idaho. They are also one of the few long-legged shore birds in Idaho.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
These newly fledged house finches enjoyed hanging out on and around the feeding station.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
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Friday, May 14, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
The lectures are very interesting and informative. There are falconers on site with live raptors as part of some of the lectures and in the vending hall. You can view them up close and ask questions about them.
I went on one of the tours last year. It was the Burrowing Owl Tour and it was an awesome experience! Below is one of the pictures of the owlets, just over a week old, I took on that tour. Click here to see more of the photos and read about my experience.
This year I plan to attend again, and I hope you will, too! Next year I will probably be a vendor there, but in the meantime, you may purchase my photography as fine art prints, framed or unframed, as well as greeting cards.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
After a nice long look, he turned and strutted away as if to say, "Oh yeah, I'm lookin' good!" Too funny!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
"The female laid her fourth egg at 3:18 p.m. She rested for about 45 minutes and then the male stopped by for a close look at the newest arrival. See more pictures on our Facebook page."
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
"19 April 2010
At first light this morning, observers saw a second egg in the nest! The female occasionally leaves the eggs for short periods to eat but often the male is in or near the nest box while she is away."
Exciting, now there are two eggs. We will look for another possible egg in a couple of days. Go Boise Peregrine Falcons!
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Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tomorrow morning I will get to see the Long eared owl. I will add this bird to my life list, and hopefully get a couple of photos to share with you all.
Our local Peregrine pair has their first egg of this year, as of 9:19am. local time this morning.(MST) Two or three more eggs can be expected, generally every other day. This is so exciting! HERE'S THE LINK for the webcam so you can stay updated and see them for yourself. You can also become a fan of the Peregrine Fund on Facebook.
Here is an image I took last summer of the Peregrine pair perched on a downtown building, where their nest is located. Enjoy your viewing!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
I know that some of you may already know about the owl box, but for those of you who don't, here's some basic information. The Owl Box is a live streaming (Ustream) of a mother barn owl, named Molly, in San Marcos, California. Her mate is named McGee and he comes around mainly at night and brings the food to her. Don't be alarmed when he gets on top of her as he arrives. They say it is like a hug, just bonding...but I'll let you decide.
She originally laid 6 eggs, but one was infertile, so she ate it. Of the remaining 5 eggs, 4 have hatched. The first was Max, then Pattison, then Austin and now as of 12:02pm pst Sunday, Wesley. One egg to go and thousands of people tuning in to watch. Many of them were camped out all night last night awaiting little Wesley's arrival. (I was not one of them, I went to bed...finally!)
Disclaimer: Warning! Watching The Owl Box is incredibly rewarding and unsuspectingly addicting. I take no responsibility for any such addiction and shall not be held responsible for the information in this post or embedded video stream, leading to such addiction, nor any subsequent job, sleep loss or other negative outcome as a result of viewers and followers watching the link provided herein. :D
(If you want to watch the birds with the chat going on, use the link or the large arrow in the middle of the video screen above this post. To just watch the video stream in the current window, click on the small arrow.) Enjoy...you've been warned! :D
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Had a very cool experience recently, thanks to my wonderful husband. He had noticed a nesting pair of Great Horned Owls in our area, as he was driving one day. He took me back to the site, to see if I could get some photographs of them. It was fun shooting these images as the owls were quite relaxed, in spite of our presence. Several other people stopped to see them while we were there, including a group of cyclists, and they still weren't bothered.
One owl was in the nest the whole time, most likely incubating, and you could only see the ears and every once in a while, the eyes. Too cute! The other owl was sitting perched near the nest, but outside of it. I believe it was the male sitting outside, although both the male and female incubate, because he looked smaller, and the males are smaller than the females and have a deeper voice. They could be sitting on 1-5 eggs. We'll have to be careful when their youngin's arrive as they are very protective parents and could attack us if we get too close. Yikes! Don't want that to happen. Might need a longer lens. :D
I have learned that these owls have a 5-15 year lifespan. They weight 2-5.5 lbs. and have a wingspan of 3.3-5.8 ft. They are carnivores. They eat a variety of animals such as rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, birds, falcons and even other owls. They also have a habit of eating skunks and may be the only animal to have such a desire. Better keep an eye on your domestic animals, too, if there are Great Horned Owls in your area. These owls are mostly nocturnal and hunt at night. They have a wonderful digestive system. They often swallow their prey whole and then the "left-overs", mainly bones & fur, come back up in the form of pellets. You can disect these pellets to see just what they ate for their last meal, if you have a desire to know. LOL Oh, by the way, those are not ears on top of their head, they're feathered tufts.
Hopefully, I'll soon have some owlette images to share! To see more of my Great Horned Owl images, CLICK HERE.
Isaiah 34:13-15 (New Living Translation)
"Thorns will overrun its palaces; nettles and thistles will grow in its forts.The ruins will become a haunt for jackals and a home for owls....Desert animals will mingle there with hyenas, their howls filling the night.Wild goats will bleat at one another among the ruins, and night creatures will come there to rest.There the owl will make her nest and lay her eggs. She will hatch her young and cover them with her wings. And the buzzards will come, each one with its mate."
Monday, March 1, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
We went inside the tent where they had ample information on all sorts of birding things, for instance, the Idaho Bird Observatory and the Golden Eagle Audubon Society; our local chapter of the Audubon. (see my photo on their January 2010 newsletter) It was fun to see Heidi, whom we met during fall migration, working the IBO booth. They had educational activities for children as well, like color sheets, information, a check off sheet with 100 things to do outdoors, stickers and the like.
There were the American Kestrel, a Short eared owl, a Great Horned owl, a Gyrfalcon, a Peregrine falcon and a young Red-tailed hawk. I was able to get several nice close-up photographs of these gorgeous birds.
We walked along the path that borders the Barber Pool Conservation Area in search of the Bald Eagles that nest in the cottonwoods nearby at this time of the year. We did see one through one of the spotting scopes they had set up, but it was not close enough for me to get a shot.
The highlight of the day for me, was the 1 hour lecture where we went to an indoor venue. We had run into fellow Christian birder, Val Lee, and we sat together as we were awed by the up close and personal experience of the birds shown to us by Jane Fink Cantwell of Birds of Prey Northwest. These birds were all injured or otherwise imprinted by humans and could not be returned to the wild. We saw, a pair of American Kestrels, a Red-tailed Hawk, a Swainson's Hawk, a Great Horned Owl and finally, Liberty...the female Bald Eagle. Boy, was she ever impressive! Jane had a gentle way about her, but you knew she meant business when she said to that it was very important we all sit very still and quiet and sadly, we could not take pictures in this setting. Even the children did a great job of controlling themselves.
I'm looking forward to attending this event again next year. If you'd like to go, you can watch for updates on next year's event HERE.