Friday, November 30, 2007
Mike Hendrickson is reminding us to mark of February 15th through the 17th on our new calendars for the Sax-Zim Bog Winter Festival. In addition to some great speakers, food, and fun, Mike has promised that we will see the following birds: Sharp-tailed Grouse, Snowy Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, American Three-toed & Black-backed Woodpeckers, Northern Shrike, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Bohemian Waxwing, Snow Bunting, Pine & Evening Grosbeaks, White-winged Crossbill, and Common & Hoary Redpolls.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Jim & I had a good time yesterday revisiting Crex Meadows. Our bird species count was low -- a few Red-tailed Hawks, a couple of Bald Eagles, a bunch of crows, and a few smaller birds I couldn't identify. The highlight, however, was the two to three dozen Rough-legged Hawks. They were in the air, in trees, and on the ground. I do not know whether they were just passing through or settling in for the winter. They are the subject of most of my posts today and tomorrow.
All of the posted pictures were taken with my XTi and Canon's 300mm f/4 lens. I am disappointed with the small size of the resulting bird images and plan to switch back to the 400mm even though I have to use it on a tripod for ultimate sharpness.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
This morning Jim & I drove up to Crex Meadows for a few hours of exploration. However, before posting some pictures from our trip, I want to share the remnant from my previous trip.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
His bill can hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week;
But I'm damned if I know how the helican.
Thank you, Gail Perrizo
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
However, it is also dimmer.
Both of these shots were taken with my Canon XTi and a 400mm lens.
The comet is not quite head-on as viewed from the Earth, and, therefore, you can see a bit of the tail off to the right of center. Some of the tail may be disconnecting -- read about it here.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Colder By The Lake Birding is Mike Hendrickson's new blog -- check it out. I was unaware of it, and was going to write & ask why he wasn't updating his (old) blog. I enjoy his irreverent attitude and casual writing style. His current project, in addition to leading field trips, is The Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival -- read about it here & plan to attend. I'm looking forward to going, but certainly have to find warmer boots & gloves.
The photo of the Northern Hawk Owl, on the right, was taken at Sax-Zim a couple of winters ago.