March 2014 Old & New

I recently dug up some OLD pictures I took when I started photo-birding almost five years ago.  At that time I was using a small point and shoot digital camera with a 20x zoom.  These are the best pictures I was able to get back then (2010), which included some not so common birdsa Marbled godwit, King rail and a Snow bunting.

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit

King Rail

King Rail

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

The Great Horned owl and Cooper’s hawk, though more common in Florida, are still not seen that often.

Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

Cooper's Hawk (Juvenile)

Cooper’s Hawk (Juvenile)

The more common varieties I’ve been able to see on a regular basis since starting birding include Great Blue and Green herons, and the Eastern towhee and Pied-billed grebe.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Green Heron

Green Heron

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

A year later (2011) I got my first DSLR camera, a Canon 7D with a 400mm lens.  It quickly improved my chances for getting better pictures thanks to its quicker focusing, and rapid shooting capabilities (up to seven shots per second versus one).  Here are a few of the best  NEW pictures I’ve been able to get since then.

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

Pintail Duck

Pintail Duck

Common Eider

Common Eider

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher

Eastern Screech-Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Whether Old or New, it has all been great fun both looking for birds and getting their pictures!

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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