WINTER... SETTING IN...
Personal Web Site
Updated: December 6, 2013
This site reflects my current passion for photographing birds. I have been photographing for over 50 years; and am now retired from a satisfyng profession 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.
Please Note: the photos seen on this page are changed frequently.
Older posts are archived and listed at the extreme end of this page
(Years from 2010 - present time are found there)
Interested in Birders' Activities in Utah?
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December 5, 2013
Big Cottonwood Park,
after the blizzard,
under clear skies and sub-freezing temperatures.
Very few birds!
A couple of Juncos...
Fun little Juncos, several varieties... winter visitors to the park.
A few Cedar Waxwings were foraging on Russian Olives...
Western Red-tailed hawk...
American Crows are somewhat rare in the park
And they decide to depart...
This is my first Hermit Thrush for Big Cottonwood park.
I now recognize 4 separate foxes, and the one directly below is not the same as the one posted on Dec 3.
December 3, 2013
Big Cottonwood Park,
(A different Fox from the one shown above)
Fox and Horse
Horses and foxes coexist here...
Droopy eyes express a sense of safety for this fox.
The horse moves away, out of sight, leaving the fox alone...
But, is the fox truly alone, or are there other eyes watching it?
I am discovered!
And the fox stands, with its back bowed with tension!
No... what looked like tension becomes a body stretch, including a
"Little Red Riding Hood" Yawn!
Surprisingly, the fox decides to curl up again, in the same location!
This time I become the focus of attention!
People in the park have often expressed a keen desire to see a fox.
This particular afternoon, I took some of them to see this animal,
one of several foxes normally hiding there.
Many of the people said they had no idea that there were foxes, and thanked me for pointing this one out!
December 1, 2013
A unique set of images...
A Hawk, flying upside down to deter an attacking Magpie
high above Big Cottonwood Park
The hawk is in an upside-down position to 'cover his own back'!
(image not perfect, but, oh-well...)
November 30, 2013
Consensus Regarding the I.D.
Big Cottonwood's Red-tailed Hawk.
I was informed that the Red-tailed hawk I discovered at the park is
most likely a
HARLAN'S X WESTERN INTERGRADE
There are more images of the Harlan's-Western Red-tailed hawk below, posted on November 24.
November 28, 2013
This month I discovered a male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker at
Big Cottonwood Park, posted earlier.
(To 'non-birders' reading this:
Discovering a Yellow-shafted Flicker is a nice surprize for a birder!
They are native to the eastern U.S., whereas, the Red-shafted birds are native to the areas west of the Rocky mountains.)
Since I'm regularly finding intergraded Red-shafted x Yellow-shafted Flickers at the park, I decided to create a montage from my portfolio of Flickers, to demonstrate their differences:
Yellow-shafted males have a black malar (moustache), rather than the red malar of the Red-shafted;
they also have a distinctive red crescent on the back of their necks (see inset)
As I said earlier, there are a fair number of intergrades roaming
Big Cottonwood Park.
Below is a series of 2 Northern Flickers, a typical male Red-shafted, and an intergrade, marked with a red crescent on the back of its neck.
These 2 birds were going through all kinds of antics, over a fair amount of time.
It began with the 2 birds rotating around a tree, and with each complete circle they were dropping down toward the ground.
It ended with them taking flight
Strange behavior, but interesting.
November 26, 2013
The Jordan River, around 2300 South, typically receives a sizeable number of waterfowl when all standing water freezes (January).
This year there are already many ducks, with good variety, including
a very special bird, a
Female Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw)!
November 24, 2013
Big Cottonwood Park seems to have its own Resident
Harlan's-Western Intergrade Red-tailed Hawk
these days, much to the delight
of dog owners who routinely visit the park, and tell me of their "discovery".
The hawk now occupies a prominent place in the list of priorities of "Must See" in the park
(with foxes still at the head of the list)
The Harlan's-Western Red-tailed Hawk has been routinely observed for over a month now...
It seems to be undaunted by the presence of humans and their dogs!
The adjacent fields have an abundance of prey...
As is seen here...(somewhat obscured by a chain-link fence!)
November 20, 2013
A rare bird for Salt Lake County, with the only other one ever reported being in 1992...
The obliging bird continues to be seen in West Valley City, near
Lake Park Blvd, Lake Park
Below is a series from today:
The bird begins to poise its neck and body for diving...
Notice the neck extending...
The head is in quick downward motion...
Down it goes...
The bird re-surfaces a distance away.
Loons swallow their food while underwater.
A final image illustrates the Pacific Loon's size by comparing it with these 2 American Coots.
November 19, 2013
Overcast conditions and a
Began my walk at Big Cottonwood Park this morning.
Unaware of me, the fox took its time to thoroughly
The noise of my camera's shutter made my presence known!
For a moment the fox came closer before disappearing...
November 19, 2013
The hawk seen below, from
Big Cottonwood Park, Holladay Ut., is a
DARK MORPH WESTERN RED-TAILED HAWK.
November 16, 2013
I've been lax on posting winter waterfowl...
Below are images of sea ducks, etc.,
from Antelope Island Causeway, on November 10,
beginning with a Surf Scoter landing sequence...
about to land...
Here's a group of Surf Scoters of various ages, not the most beautiful of waterfowl!
The Surf Scoter on the far left is a transitioning male. Notice the dark coloration, and the whitish strip on the back of his neck.
Another view of the male...
Compare the above male with this one in Breeding Plumage, I photographed in November, 2011 at the same location.
More to come below...
Various positions of the Male Surf Scoter from 2011 to provide examples of its appearance, from all angles.
Here's a female White-Wing Scoter!
And our current Black Scoter, at the Causeway!
Another view of the Black Scoter...
There were male and female Barrow's Goldeneyes also...
Here's the male alone...
Below is a series of images of a rare seagull,
a Sabine's Gull.
Although the gull was a great distance away, checking out a dead bird, I was impressed with the lovely symmetry as it touched down...
Here are several closups of the juvenile Sabine's Gull.
2 Boneparte's Gulls are seen behind the Sabine's Gull here.
A lone Boneparte's gull's reflection...
A surprise female Bufflehead duck skids to a halt...
Finally we see a Horned Grebe from my journey to the AIC.
November 14, 2013
Images from Big Cottonwood Park, where I've been looking for the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker to appear in better light than I had on 11-7.
I didn't come away empty-handed...
I found another Red-shafted X Yellow-shafted male Intergrade
seen here looking like a typical male Red-Shafted Flicker.
Slight movement of the head revealed the telltale intergrade
red crescent on the back of the neck.
closeup of this marking that identifies the Red X Yellow intergrade.
Later, above me appeared a Sharpshinned hawk being harassed by a Black-billed Magpie, providing some interesting Birds-in-Flight images.
Keeping an eye out for foxes, I discovered this one lounging in the sun.
I've not seen this fox before... it looked more like a fluffy child's toy to me!
It was slow to turn towards the noise from my camera's shutter.
I've been discovered!
Before I left the park, I found the Belted Kingfisher on its favorite perch...
She immediately took flight...
This is my best of the Kingfisher images...
and I'll end here.
November 13, 2013
The following is a
Aerial Feeding Sequence
with the bird capturing a flying insect mid air!
The Lewis's Woodpecker successfully caught the flying insect!
You photographers out there... Try it sometime!!
November 10, 2013
The Lewis's Woodpeckers seen below (Nov. 9)
Had some company of note:
A Black-billed Magpie...
Watching the woodpecker in action...
A Sharpshinned hawk buzzed the woodpecker from time to time...
But the bird that got all other birds' attention....
A huge Red-tailed hawk...
This predator caused the Lewis's Woodpecker pair to vacate!
November 9, 2013
Pursuing a pair of
at Tanner's Park, Salt Lake County today,
(These birds were discovered and the location shared by
Dick and Deedee O'Brien!)
High atop huge wooden power poles that parallel the freeway, a tiny head appeared...
On a 2nd pole a sizeable distance away, I located the mate...
I was fortunate in capturing both birds in the same frame here...
One has an acorn in its beak.
Even though these birds were extremely far away, I was able to capture a few good images...
Seeing that they were actively flying, I decided to
capture a series of Flight images, beginning here...
This image shows some motion blur with the bird passing overhead.
November 7, 2013
On a day with poor light like when I located the
Another RARE BIRD for Big Cottonwood Park today!
Likely my best image...
Notice the black malar replacing the red malar on Red-shafted Flickers.
Contrast the above images of a Yellow-shafted Flicker to this one of a male Red-shafted, taken the same day.
November 4, 2013
Not much in the way of birds at Big Cottonwood at present other than an accomodating Sharpshinned hawk (thanks Jeff!) in flight...
This bird was watching me closely...
OCTOBER 31, 2013
at Big Cottonwood Park!
Male Evening Grosbeak
October 31, 2013
A NEW PAGE
BIG COTTONWOOD PARK,
This series has been primarily created for the "non-birders" who frequent the park, yet it does include some nice images of a few 'rare' birds.
BIG COTTONWOOD POSTS
FROM 2012 TO THE PRESENT TIME
A CHANGE OF PACE...
Bird images from 2 vacations to
Monterey/Carmel/Pacific Grove, California
in April, 2011, and
Click (HERE) FOR BIRDS PAGE, APRIL 2013
Click (HERE) to enter the Birds page, April 2011
Click (HERE) to see a Landscape Slideshow of the Area, April 2011
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE "LONDON WETLAND CENTRE"
by David Meyer,
my son-in-law who resides in London with my
daughter Penny, and lives within walking distance
of this spectacular area!
photo courtesy of David Meyer
All photographs on this site are the property of Richard Young. They are protected by U.S. copyright law.
Please do not download or reproduce them without written permission from Richard Young.
TECH-TALK FOR BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY
BIRD PHOTOS AND THEIR LOCATIONS.
IN THE LIST BELOW YOU WILL FIND NUMEROUS PAGES OF BIRDS BY
clicking on text
Random Images From Recent Jaunts (a page devoted to two years worth of earlier homepage birds)
Approximately 50 bird species photographed along the Jordan River Parkway.
Uncommon Birds in Northern Utah (including NECOs)
Birds at Mill Race Pond, Taylorsville, Ut. April-May 2010.
An Osprey Catching Trout (with a surprise ending!)
Birds from Southern Utah, Nov. 2010. A late season visit to St. George, Zion N.P., and adjacent areas.
Snow Buntings at Utah Lake State Park, Nov.14, 2010. An extended visit with these birds, foraging, bathing and preening.... Simply remarkable for us as we photographed!
Belted Kingfishers A series of images featuring some of the many kingfishers found on the Salt Lake/Jordan River Corridor
Snow Geese Spring Migration (February) of Snow Geese to Gunnison Bend Reservoir, Delta, Utah
Bald Eagles (Circa 2001) Each year in February, eagles concentrate and feast on carp intentionally killed with rotenone to enhance the growth of aquatic vegetation, essential for waterfowl.
Camera used: Nikon D100 (old technology by current standards)
UPDATE:March 15, 2012
Mystery Bird An apparent Hooded Merganser appeared to be some kind of variant
Cedar Waxwings photographed summer through winter 2009-10, Crestwood Park and Jordan River Parkway
Local Hawks in my neighborhood, Autumn 2009
Red Foxes Surprise Bonus while photographing birds, Jan. 15, 2010
"Merlinus Struticus" A Prairie Merlin arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in the Autumn, 2009 (Kennecott Nature Center/ Murray/ Jordan River Parkway). He perched high up in a dead tree and stretched extensively. The bird provided some amazing contortions, and a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity.
using my photographs can be seen (HERE)
My "Neotropic Cormorant Corner"
The significance of Neotropic Cormorants is, they are "Accidental" in Utah
A single bird was first discovered in southern Utah in August, 2007 by Rick Fridell.
On April 29, 2009, I located 4 of them in Northern Utah
and have been locating, and studying them each summer since that time.
Below, notice 4 Neotropic Cormorants of varying ages. The 2nd from Left is an Adult, with Breeding Plumage
A Series Demonstrating Behavior In Neotropic Cormorants
dIscovered in Utah
Photographs to asssist in correctly identifying Neotropic and Double Crested Cormorants,
Using photos of NECOs found in the Salt Lake Valley, the Panel provides visual evidence of yellow lores in juvenile NECOs, and demonstrates how the yellow coloration likely progressively recedes during maturation.
Watch on You-Tube
A SERIES OF IMAGES DEPICTING AND DEFINING A FEW
FIRST-SPRING MALE BIRDS
The time of life for sexual dimorphism to occur, when male birds, LOOKING MORE LIKE FEMALES begin to 'morph' into ADULT males.
1) HOODED MERGANSERS:
2) COMMON MERGANSERS:
3) BARROWS (and Common) GOLDENEYE DUCKS
Links to "Rich B. Young" Posts on UtahBirds.org
COMPARISON OF NIKON D300 CAMERA WITH NIKON 80-400 VR LENS
THE DIMINUTIVE CANON SX50 HS POINT-AND-SHOOT CAMERA WITH ITS 24-1200MM ZOOM LENS
(You'll see several 'rare' birds I've encountered while testing lenses/systems recently!)
This year I celebrated my 50th anniversary of photography.
In those years, I mastered a wide variety of techniques, using my cameras/darkroom.
By midlife, photography was my full time profession.
Although bird photography is a current passion, I've had many other interests; and I've decided to present some examples of them here!
I begin with the spectacular colors of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) as seen through a plane-polarized microscope!
This image was a prizewinner in Nikon's first international "Small World" competition.
The year 2012 can be found (HERE)
The year 2013 can be found (HERE)
From Another Life...
Aside from Biomedical and Bird Photography...
I was a biochemist, Research Faculty at the University of Utah, College of Medicine,
During which time I authored papers on:
The Basic Mechanisms of Action of Adrenal and Gonadal Steroids.
For any interested, click (HERE) for links to just a few of my publications that I discovered are still available online!