MARCH 2015

 

MANDARIN DUCK-BIG COTTONWOOD PARK, Holladay, UT.

 

"Birds are Poetry Come to Life and Set to Music"

(Elizabeth Gordon-1912)

 

 

Personal Web Site

 

Updated: March 31, 2015


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This site reflects my current passion for photographing birds.

I have been photographing for over 50 years; and am now retired from a satisfying profession beginning in Biochemistry, and ending in Biomedical Photography.

Below are links to my most recent nature photography. Hopefully you will find as much enjoyment in viewing it as I do in creating it.

 

The photos on this page are changed frequently.

Older posts are found by clicking the rectangular "buttons" on the left side of this text.

 

 

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richbyoung@isp.com

 

 

 

Please note:

My images are copyrighted and I ask the courtesy to not use them without written permission.


 

March 28, 2015

 

A Series of Favorite Images!

3rd installment...

 

(March 31 Note: I've added some images of older juvenile Pied-billed Grebes, and also older juvenile American Coots.

I believe there are lots of you who have never seen these stages of maturation within these 2 species.)

Continuing with a review of my image series being printed, I now turn to Springtime as it relates to newborn birds.

Here I submit some humorous images of a Pied-billed Grebe Family, with the youngsters temporarily looking like tiny tigers?!

 

 

A cloudy day shifted the colors; but they are still fun to look at here!

 

 

 

The parent shows agitation, with ruffled head feathers here.

(I'm sure you could come up with a funny caption with the 'child' driving the parent nuts!)

 

 

 

I've added 2 more images of juvenile Pied-billed Grebes, where they are almost adult size, but still wearing juvenile style feathers.

Adult parent: left rear; older juvenile: right foreground.

 

 

Older juvenile alone.

 

 

 

American Coot families look like someone had been playing with fluorescent spray paint!!

 

 

 

Up close, we can see 'what's for dinner'!

 

 

 

Some time later these same juveniles look like this!

 

 

 

Close proximity to a parent reveals considerable growth.

 

 

 

Cruising with Mom....

 

 

Juvenile foraging on his own...

 

more to come...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 25, 2015

 

A Series of Favorite Images!

2nd installment... Bullock's Orioles!

(As before, the images I'm posting are ones I'm currently custom printing on Epson Professional Archival paper for display.)

 

The Jordan River Parkway is an extraordinary location for Bullock's Orioles each year!

Here are just a very few of my images from that location:

Male Bullock's Oriole

 

 

 

Female Bullock's Oriole after she discovered a favorite man-made source of nesting material... monofiliment fishing line, from which they create remarkable HANGING NESTS!!

 

 

"Let's see... where to start...!"

 

 

"This stuff it tough to break!"

 

 

 

During the 'fledging time' all baby Orioles leave the nest and move about, waiting for an adult to bring food.

Fledgling Bullock's Oriole

 

 

Adult Bullock's Oriole (R) appears to be a 1st year male (note black coloration below the beak).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 22, 2015

 

A Series of Favorite Images!

 

As the northward bird migration is still pending, I've been busy organizing and printing a large number of my favorite images,

(for sale)!

 

I decided to post a few of them as I go along!

 

The first series features a tiny Least Tern, rare for Utah, photographed in Springtime in Utah County.

 

Least Tern,

(smallest Tern)

 

 

Least Tern, compared to an American Avocet in size!

 

 

The larger American Avocet eyes the diminutive Least Tern closely!

 

 

 

Another image depicting the enormous size differences...

 

 

 

The Least Tern in flight is tricky to photograph!

Body measurements: length-8 inches; wing-span-21 inches.

and it is a fast flyer, diving vertically for small fish!

 

 

 

As seen here (tricky to do on a cloudy day)!

Look closely and you'll see a very tiny fish in its mouth!

 

As I await Spring Migration, I'll continue to post more of my (now hardcopy)...

COLLECTION of FAVORITE IMAGES.

 

More to come...

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 15, 2015

By popular demand, I'm leaving the earlier Mandarin Duck images online.

However, I'm adding others from sunny days (as contrasted with the earlier images taken on cloudy days.

 

The direct sun creates strong, colorful results as seen below

 

 

 

 

 

 

The male Mandarin has taken up with a female Mallard companion!

 

 

Gotta love the reflections from a sunny day...!

 

 

The male Mandarin begins its 'bowing' gesture here...

 

 

A deep bow, with his head-crest raised high!

 

 

Mandarin+Sunlight = strong, saturated colors!

 

 

This bird makes all photo enthusiasts look good, with a guaranteed gorgeous outcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 6, 2015

 

At present, several of my bird-photographer colleagues are capturing images of Tundra Swans on the waterfowl refuges as they migrate northward!

Looking at their posts, I was reminded of a time such as now, when a lone Tundra Swan visited me in the middle of the valley,

at Willow Pond in Murray, UT.

Here it is, amidst other water birds...

 

 

 

Up close...

 

 

Even closer!

 

 

Over time it decided to fly away, providing me this cool image!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 6, 2015

After a several day disappearance of the Male Mandarin Duck at Big Cottonwood Park, late last evening I saw the tiny bird flying in the company of several Mallards, circling the pond, and finally landing on the grassy north end!

 

 

Not the best of images; but there's no denying, it's the Mandarin!!

 

 

 

On the ground, the bird stayed in the company of Mallards as seen here.

 

 

 

A dog gave chase to the birds, and they ended up on the pond, giving me the opportunity to do some more Image-Quality testing with my new lens!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2014

First-of-Year Killdeer (4 ea.) on the Murray/Jordan River Parkway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2, 2015

Brief storytelling dialogue for awhile, a few nice pics of the

Mandarin Duck as I continue to sort my images...

 

A Stretch...

 

 

 

 

 

"The end."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 1, 2015

I begin my March posts with the delightful male Mandarin duck that has graced the tiny area of open water at Big Cottonwood Park pond for several days now.

After Deborah Drain's post announcing the presence of the bird yesterday, a sizeable number of birders and photographers appeared, giving the occasion a festive hue!!!

I enjoyed mingling with new faces, especially the photographers whose images were improved by my assistance with how to set their cameras.

 

I'm sure there were lots of extraordinary images created by other photographers present yesterday, similar to the image below:

This bird is especially photogenic and cooperative!

 

However, with this post, I've selected some behavior/action images:

 

Mandarin duck chasing an adult male Mallard to the far end of the pond!

Closeup...

 

 

 

Afterward, it does a 'Victory Dance' of sorts...

 

 

 

 

 

 

finishing up with an elaborate series of stretches!

 

 

 

Note the remarkable symmetry of colors normally hidden!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then the bird opted to 'take a walk'...

 

 

The camera's intentional shallow depth of focus assists in creating a

3 dimensional look to the bird!

 

 

A male Mallard is no longer intimidated by the smaller Mandarin!

 

 

 

They actually walked side by side for a distance...

 

 

 

Again, the Mandarin duck is isolated to create a 'classical pose'!

(Cloudy days often reward me handsomely when photographing birds!)

 

 

A few more steps toward the water, and the background is magically changed!

 

 

 

The bird surveys the area.

 

 

 

and goes back into the pond.

 

 

 

at which time he begins his 'siesta'!