Category Archives: Birds Birds Birds

A collection of bird finds in Palo Pinto and Parker counties. Region 2 Osage Plains

house sparrow

House Finch and House Sparrow

Worked last night and came home to a yard full of birds. I posted the newly arrived Dark-eyed Junco a day or two ago. The House Finch and Sparrow braved out most of the Montana winter here in Shelby.

house sparrow

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.7
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 18 April, 2014
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

house finch

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 18 April, 2014
  • Focal length: 235mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/350s

Dark-eyed Junco

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.7
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 15 April, 2014
  • Focal length: 260mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Finally… a bird of a different feather has hit the yard. The first set of the season.

It is dark and rainy but Desi must have heard something because the next thing I hear is “come look at this.” Our Dark-eyed Juncos have re-established themselves below the feeders. I grabbed the camera and snapped off some shots through a rain streaked window.

I had to really crank up the ISO to slow down their frisky and quick movements. The noise was so great that I killed some of the the delicate feathery features in post processing. So worth it! We are so glad to see some variety in the yard. Sprinter (Spring/Winter) is nearly over in Shelby, Montana. Desi and I are ready for full Spring and the vibrant flora that comes with it.

Dark-eyed Junco

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.7
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 15 April, 2014
  • Focal length: 260mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

Dark-eyed Junco

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.7
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 15 April, 2014
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/45s

Horned Lark

Valier, Montana bird finds

Always check your fence lines when moving down a dirt road. Never know what you might find. Took these today in Valier and Williamson Park just south of Shelby.

snow geese and mountains

Snow Geese on Lake Francis

A couple of weeks ago (03/29/14) Lake Francis had record numbers of Snow Geese. It can get tricky trying to photograph such large numbers with 600mm. I finally gave up on close-ups due to all the movement. Here is what I ended up with… the photos do not do it justice. The sound was extreme when they would rise and then land again. We heard that approximately 14 Bald eagles were stirring them and feasting. We did find some indicators of the assault as soft down was strewn about in different areas.

snow geese takeoff

  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 29 March, 2014
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

snow geese and mountains

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 29 March, 2014
  • Focal length: 170mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

Snow Geese with Rockies

  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 29 March, 2014
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

Snow Geese

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 29 March, 2014
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s

Rough-legged Hawk

Birding about Montana

Rough-legged Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco and Ring-billed gull… can you guess which is which? That is of course meant tongue in cheek. We finally got a shot of a Rough-legged Hawk without a fence barring my lens. The Junco was taken last October through the window. Braving a very frosty day. This common Ring-billed gull was so entertaining that I could not pass it up. He was in full swing trying to catch a females attention.

Rough-legged Hawk

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
  • Taken: 23 November, 2013
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s

Ring-billed Gull

Noisy Birds

Sprinter is in the air here in Montana… Texas is already hot and we are missing it… still getting nipped with snow and heavy winds here in Shelby. That does not seem to bother the birds much. They are causing a huge raucous trying to get the attention of a female. Desi and I took a trip around Great Falls, Montana to see what all the buzz was about.

Dedicating this album to our singers, honkers, and Will Ferrell wannabes.

Ring-billed Gull

    Pintails in Valier, Montana

    Pintails were thick today. They darkened the skies at moments. These photos were shot at close to Lake Francis in Valier, Montana.