Category Archives: BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS

Birds of all species at the Tualatin River Refuge and other wetlands

Commonwealth Park

Finally!

Sometimes when I start out to do a video it becomes quite a project. Besides shooting it, I get involved in trying out new effects. Sometimes that leads me to a circuitous route of learning new software and problem-solving.

 That’s the case with this video. The front part of it, the first minute, took way longer than I expected. But, sooner or later you come to the point where you say, “done”. It’s time to move on to something else.
I like to do video for two reasons: One, there are thousands of pictures of virtually every kind of bird out on the Internet, and I can’t do a better job than those talented photographers. Two, every bird has a kind of personality, and I think I can capture that better with even a few seconds of watching it twitch around.
So here’s some video I took at a local park. I hope you enjoy it.
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THE BEAUTY OF WAXWINGS

I’ve been fiddling with video again. I’ve also been visiting Greenway Park here in Beaverton to watch birds and other creatures and to take their pictures.

Thanks to beavers, Fanno Creek in the park has been dammed, and a nice wetlands has developed behind it. A thriving ecosystem exists in the midst of office parks and residential neighborhoods.

It’s 15 miles out to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge but only about two miles to the park. So…

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

I’m in day two of the Great Backyard Bird Count. It’s a four day period to go out in your backyard and count the kinds of birds you see there. I report my results through eBird, a cool smartphone app developed by Cornell Ornithology Lab. The results are uploaded to a master database of observations from around the world. Probably the best database of its kind in the world. The project is organized by the Audubon Society.

Today I got a few snaps. I’m refining my technique so I can juggle binoculars in one hand, a camera in the other, grab my phone held between my thighs, and get a slurp of coffee when I can. Actually, it’s a lot of fun.

YAY! THE FIRST BIRD AT OUR FEEDER!

First Junco-0 v2

In December my wife, Marilynn, bought me a bird feeder for my birthday. I put it up for a couple of weeks, but I took it down because it rained so much that no birds showed up and the seed got moldy. In January the feeder was  up and down. Every time I put it up the rain would start again, and I really didn’t want to waste the seed.

I put it up again this week and this morning the first Dark-eyed Junco landed on a perch and sampled the seed. By the time I got my camera it was gone. But it came back for this blurry portrait.

Finally!!