Random Acts of Birding
It’s been a slow couple of weeks. My husband has been out of the country on business and I’ve been home nursing a cold, so there’s not been much birding for us.
Did you all remember a couple of weeks ago that there was the Snow Goose Festival in Delta, Utah? My husband and I went there a couple of years ago. Sadly, the snow geese just weren’t around. They were there but they were keeping their distance. I’m not sure exactly who the festival is for–us birders or hunters who begin their hunt shortly after the festival. Here’s a couple of the shots I got back then:
Okay, enough of Memory Lane. I will say that I’m rather proud of myself that last weekend as I was standing on my front porch I noticed a new guy on a tree branch. I grabbed the camera and even though I had the 300 mm lens, this was the best shot I could get:
The proud moment was that I thought to myself, “I think this is an American Kestrel.” I then found our field guide and voila! I was right! I quickly emailed the photo to my husband who confirmed it for me. I did it! I identified a bird on my own! You see, that’s a big deal to me. I think I’m getting better at this.
We just had a huge birding festival here, but all of the cool events were way out of my price range. Next year, I’ll have that kind of money saved up! lol
I always end up working in the office during our bird festival–sure they have it on the weekend, but all the cool photography sessions are on like a Friday or Monday.
Very nice! It’s cool to see some snow in the photos. The birding blogosphere is very Florida, which causes me severe cases of warbler and shorebird envy in these winter months.
It’s nice to see some clean crisp wintery photos, and of such cool birds as a Kestrel and a Horned Lark too!
Thanks for sharing Lisa; it’s always a pleasure to stop by.
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