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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Yellowstone & Grand Tetons: Be Berry Berry Quiet...

I love visiting my parents when they are out on the road. Every single time I see them they are in a different place, there are fun things to discover and see... of course this time was no different.

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THE TRAVELING TRIO ALWAYS TRAVELING ON THE ROAD AND EXPLORING

Dad sadly has a foot issue. Normally all three of us go off looking for birds or animals to photo but with dad’s foot he had to stay behind. Mom and I took off periodically for an hour here or there so we could get some photos.

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AMERICAN GOLDFINCH

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LESSER GOLDFINCH

Although all the birds we saw were not new birds the park they were at did not disappoint us. There were quite a few birds flitting around and mom and I had a blast finding them.

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CEDAR WAXWINGS

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YELLOW WARBLER

Right next to my parents camp was a nest of a Black Billed Magpie. Although we sat outside right next to the tree with our cameras out for a good portion of the day (me sitting in the shade of course) I was only able to get quazi good shots. This bird is FAST and sneaky. He would fly in while I was distracted and then out of the tree he was in at one of his four random exits.

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THE ELUSIVE BLACK BILLED MAGPIE

One bird in particular, a Western Tanager, who normally hides out way at the top of trees, was nice enough to come down low to play. He even sat there for a good bit in some decent light and posed for us. What a pretty boy he was too in his summer plumage!

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A PERFECT SHOT OF A WESTERN TANAGER - WE CALL THIS A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SHOT

If the Western Tanager was the good bird of the day then the Cliff Swallow was the bad bird. The Cliff Swallow basically just ticks me off. These birds are FAST... I mean faster than fast. Trying to get photos of them is like trying to catch a bullet in your hand. Basically it is near impossible. HOWEVER with the new camera body we got for Christmas (the Canon 7D) paired with the 500mm wildlife lens makes a killer combination for taking photos of birds in flight.

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CLIFF SWALLOWS BUILD NESTS OUT OF MUD AND LOVE THE UNDERSIDES OF BUILDINGS OR BRIDGES

I found a group of swallow nests and then spent a good hour attempting to get a great photo of this bird. I succeeded but it took a ton of work. I was just talking to my mom the other day about how hard it is to get a great shot of an animal. All that hard work pays off though when you get that perfect one like the Western Tanager above or the Cliff Swallow below.

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CLIFF SWALLOW IN FLIGHT

Later that night mom cooked a kick butt dinner and we watched ‘In Her Shoes’. Mom normally does not get to watch what dad calls chick flicks but even daddy liked this one and watched it from start to finish. Camera Diaz was fantastically screwed up and it had a good storyline.

After the movie mom and I grabbed our cameras and took off to attempt to get some night shots because we are both spur of the moment and adventurous like that.

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MOM AND I HUNTING FOR PORCUPINES IN THE DARK

In particular we were looking for porcupine and we were thrilled that we found some. Of course night photography is hard, neither of us were able to get our cameras to work well in the low light. We did follow the very slow porcupine for a while but I just couldn’t get a good shot.

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MY TERRIBLE PORCUPINE SHOT WHICH SADLY IS THE BEST ONE I TOOK

3 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

Nice shot of the Cliff Swallow in Flight. They usually turn out to be a blur and yes, they are almost as fast as lightening.

paul peggy zeus said...

You're right, by the way, that picture of me is not good at all!

lilmansworld said...

RW: you look like your father in that shot moreso than yo mama

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