Monday, January 02, 2012

Photograph 100 bird species

I started in on my quest to photograph 100 bird species. I took advantage of an 80 degree January day to walk through my local park with my camera and a 300 mm lens. I managed to shoot 12 different bird species. I was able to identify 11.

  1. Western Kingbird
  2. American Coot (at leas 200)
  3. California Gull
  4. Ring Billed Gull
  5. Band-Tailed Pigeon
  6. Rock Pigeon
  7. Cackling Goose
  8. Mallard
  9. Double-Crested Cormorant
  10. American Wigeon
  11. Bufflehead

My favorite bird was the first. The Western Kingbird caught my eye as I was walking into the park. I managed to get a half dozen shots of it perched on a sign.

So I’ve shot 11 birds – none of the photos are good, which is typical for me. I have almost no practice shooting wildlife, and from the looks of things, I have a lot to learn.

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5 comments:

Andy said...

American Coot? I'd guess there would be lots of them flying around during an election year.

Kyle said...

Where do you live?!

Its freezing here in utah.

I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures!

krissthesexyatheist said...

80 DEGREES...dam Joseph, even I think that is warm for now and I live in Sacramento. Awesome buddy, good luck on UR project,

Kriss

ps Hey was' up Andy.

Anonymous said...

Ooops! I'm late to this party. That's an excellent project! My own little ritual is to use an image of the first bird I photograph decently during the new year (generally on New Year's Day) for my facebook avatar for the remainder of the year, so 2012 is the year of the Anna's Hummingbird.

Good luck!
Pete Moulton

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