For the Birds, August 2004

I hadn't really planned on it, but over the past year or so I have had the good fortune travel with my cameras to some spectacular bird-watching locations.

This includes some well-known places like Lake Nakuru, Kenya, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, Camano Island, Washington, and Montana de Oro State Park in California. But I have also had good luck shooting birds in such nearby locations as Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland, Washington.

I decided it would be fun to pull together a page of recent images of our feathered friends. A few have been published before; most have not. I find birds to be graceful and lyrical to watch. I hope a bit of that comes through in these photographs.

 

At right: Snow geese take flight in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM.  EOS-10D, EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS.

Baby Grebe and mother, Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland, WA. Canon EOS-1D Mark II, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS, EF Extender 2X.

Flamingos perform a ritual mating "dance," Lake Nakuru, Kenya. Canon EOS-10D, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS, EF Extender 1.4x

Wild rooster, Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii. Canon EOS-1V, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS, Kodak E100 VS

Snow Goose angling in for a landing, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. Canon EOS-10D, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS, EF Extender 1.4X

The flock alights, Camano Island, Washington. Canon EOS-10D, EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS.

In flight, Camano Island, Washington. Canon EOS-10D, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS, EF Extender 1.4X.

This stork has just stabbed a tasty meal, Maasai Mara, Kenya. Canon EOS-10D, EF 300 f/2.8L IS, EF Extender 1.4X

Oxpecker and giraffe, Samburu, Kenya. Canon EOS-10D, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS, EF Extender 1.4X

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Kauai, Hawaii. Canon EOS-1V, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS, Kodak E100 VS.

Geese in flight, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. Canon EOS-10D, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS, EF Extender 1.4X

Not a bird, but my friend and colleague Matthew Felton. Camano Island, WA. Canon EOS-10D, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS.

Okay, okay, it's a not a real duck in the window, but I couldn't resist. This building is across the alley from one of my favorite restaurants, Cafe Paaqual's in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Canon EOS-10D, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L.