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Sunday, July 20, 2008

More Young Birds

Brown thrasher & one of two chicks.

Juvenile Eastern towhee. It has yet to come close enough to the house for me to get a really good picture. At some point between Friday & today, it lost all of its tail feathers (presumably to some kind of attacker.)

14 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

They're beautiful birds. So quick and frenetic.

Travis Erwin said...

I think we may have those in my area as well.

Natural said...

cool. do you use a tripod or are most of your pics handheld. how long do you wait for these birds to show up. i would love to take nature photos...not sure i have the patience to wait for my subject to appear.

laughingwolf said...

neat things, these birds, lana...

maybe sweet talk charles into getting a tele lens for the cam, to get closer to your subjects? ;)

Marvin said...

Cools shots. Yup, the towhee evidently had a close call.

Nice shot of the thrashers. Our usually stay right at the edge of the yard and seldom come into the open so we can get a good look.

Lana Gramlich said...

charles; They're far more tolerant than they used to be. It took months before I could even get their picture. Funny to watch them run so fast across the yard!

travis; Possibly so. They get their name from the way they thrash through leaf litter w/their beaks, looking for bugs & things. If you see any, watch for that kind of behavior. It's kind of funny.

nw; Thanks! Although I finally got a tripod, I haven't used it yet. As for the birds, I tend to have a peek out the window when I'm going by--if there's stuff out there I want to shoot, I go grab the camera & come back. I don't tend to sit with it, waiting on the birds. Sometimes I get the shots, sometimes the birds have gone by the time I get back w/the camera. I know they'll all be back tomorrow, however, so it's typically just a matter of time.

laughingwolf; I have to do some research--I'd like to get into digiscoping, if that's something I can do with my type of camera. It's next on my list, at any rate.

marvin; "Our" thrashers have tended toward shyness, as well. I have very few shots of them to date, but their kids aren't so wary (yet.)

Lisa said...

Oh, how precious! I love your bird shots, Lana. :-)

Britta Coleman said...

Great pics. I've been inspired to take some of birds in my yard but I'm too slow--they end up looking like blurry rocks.

Steve Malley said...

Awwww.... cute!

We're *juuuust* starting to get the courting birdcalls here. Hopefully a sign that winter is on its way out.

Lana Gramlich said...

lisa; Thank you!

britta; I tend to focus on birds which are largely stationary, stopped in our feeding area for a snack. I still get some blurry rock pictures, though. *L*

steve; Winter on its way out already? The technical 1st day was what...1 month ago? *LOL* I'll cross my fingers for you, regardless. ;)

laughingwolf said...

whatever you choose, have fun, lana :)

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; Oh, I do. Believe me!

Birdfreak said...

I really really love Brown Thrashers... I have been seeking out young ones for awhile, especially freshly fledged... such wonderful, charismatic birds.

~ Eddie @ birdfreak.com

Lana Gramlich said...

Eddie; I love them, too. This is the first time since we moved here (about 2 years ago,) that we've seen any chicks. They're funny, too--they chase each other around the yard--on foot (& MAN they're FAST!)

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