I have three images for you today that are leftovers from earlier shoots. The one above was taken April 3rd and I think it is a Gold Finch although it looks a little different than the finches that stop by our feeders. I’m not very good at identifying birds, I like to photograph them but not big on doing the research of what they are. 🙂
This Red-tailed Hawk was sitting on a pole when I drove past him. I stopped up the road and got the camera set up, did a U-turn and came back slowly. I was surprised and delighted that he posed for me (tolerated me) for several shots before becoming annoyed and flying off.
This is not a very good image. But it is the first image I have ever made of a young owlet. My friend Andreas has followed this mother owl for several years and has gotten many great shots of her and her offspring. It was a very windy day when Jeanne and I stopped by the park and I only had my 300 mm lens so this image is heavily cropped and pretty grainy. However you can tell it is a young owlet. 🙂
Yard work for me the rest of the day.
That’s it for today. Enjoy your day and I hope you have a happy Easter.
Hi Dave, the first image is most likely an Eastern Meadowlark and I wished I would have made the picture 🙂 There is a small chance that it is a Western Meadowlark, both species are found in Iowa during the summer, but it’s difficult to tell from just one image.
I’m glad you saw the owlet. I haven’t been home much lately and wasn’t at the nest for some time. Used the last two days to fill the memory cards in Southern California. Will still be here for business for the next five days.
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Hi Andreas. Thank you for the identification. I was pretty sure it wasn’t a gold finch. I’m so envious of you getting to spend time in Southern California. I know it’s a lot of work but lots of new scenery as well. Safe travel my Friend.