Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bird Glamour Shots

Sharp-shinned Hawk 
One of the things that I am really enjoying about bird photography, is the chance to look at a bird closer and longer in a still image.  The feather structure and color patterns are amazing, and more abundant than I imagined.  You can see bristles around the beak and other details that you otherwise miss while looking through binoculars.  Bill shape, size and color, and eye shape and color are so impressive when enjoyed with a close-up and zoomed in photo.

Lazuli Bunting
Townsend's Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Common Nighthawk
Virginia Rail
Cooper's Hawk
Dusky Flycatcher
Long-eared Owl, juvenile
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Rufous Hummingbird


  1. Now those are some beautiful pictures. Love them.

  2. I only have three words to describe these photos Robert, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    The raptors would have to be my favorites, especially that first shot of the Sharpy! Wow!

    I imagine some of these were birds in the hand at Idaho Bird Observatory?

    You are definitely right about being able to study the bird more closely with a good still photo. I often see things in my photos after downloading them to the computer that I never even saw out in the field. Photographing birds is a great way to document what you are seeing.

  3. All of the photos are great, but the one of the sharp shinned hawk is amazing! Sharp, clear, you can see right into the bird's eye!

    I also liked the Virginia Rail. I have never seen one up close.


  4. I agree with the other comments - those are great photos! I really like the Hummingbird but I think that's because we don't have any out here in Australia.

  5. Thanks for all the kind comments guys.

    Larry is correct. A few of these were birds in the hand at the Idaho Bird Observatory that I have recycled and cropped down from a previous post.

  6. All gorgeous photos- wow! I stared at that first one for a while, taking it all in.

  7. Yowsers! You have some incredible close-ups here. Just beautiful!! I agree....I love looking at stills. I learn some much about feathers and details. The Sharp-shinned close-up is incredible...they all are!

  8. Amazing close-ups! It lifts my spirit looking at them.

  9. Wow! Thanks all for the very nice comments. Have a great week!

  10. Awesome images. Were you banding or observing?

  11. Thx Zen Birdfeeder! I was assisting in the banding of the hawks and just observing the banding of the song birds.

  12. a great collection of portraits of the birds. :)

  13. I love those close-ups and Warbling Vireo is an all time favourite, so understated

  14. @NatureFootstep Thanks for the kind compliment.

    @Phil - ah, you British know how to appreciate the understated, even if you spell favorite in a strange way.