A novice birder's observation of birds and other natural wildlife with wings ... or maybe not with wings...
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco (#3)
A Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco on the Dewey Pt Trail, Yosemite Nat. park, CA; 6-17-09.
One of the prettier of the Juncoes is the Oregon Junco, another variety of the Dark-eyed species. We saw lots of these while hiking in Yosemite National Park in the summer of 2009. Again at the time I photgraphed them, I didn't know they were a Junco until I looked it up after the trip. Their complete black head set off by their reddish brown body, while retaining the white belly of the Slate-colored variety, is a very striking combination. In summer, they are quite common along the West Coast of California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia and inland into the higher altitude Sierra Nevada and Cascades Mt Ranges. During winter they are widespread as far east as Nebraska and Kansas and south into Mexico.
Another Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco, McGirk Meadows Trail, Yosemite Nat. Park, CA, 6-17-09.
Hello, I have always been interested in birds, undoubtedly influenced by my mother and grandmother. As a young boy I remember paging through my parents' bird books. Both my Mom and Grandma would identify birds by both their songs and their looks. I enjoy nature and being out in it as often as I am able. Being a teacher helps - as I have much of the summer to do just that. I have done some nature and wildlife photography, but until a few years ago I never thought about photographing birds thinking that it would be too difficult - too small and too flighty. After a few thousand photos, my girlfriend suggested that I open a blog sharing some of the pictures that I have taken and hopefully will be taking in the future.
During the 3 years that have been writing this blog, I have graduated from my first camera, a Sony Digital, to my 2nd, a Canon Rebel T1i, to finally my 3rd and current camera - Canon EOS7D. I started with the standard 18-55mm lens, which I soon found was totally impractical. I then purchased a Canon 55-250mm which I used for quite some time, until I bought a Sigma 150-500mm.and finally sold that one and replaced it with a Sigma 150-600mm, my current birding lens.