October, Fox In Motion, Big Cottonwood Park

 

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Updated: October 18, 2014


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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.

 

Please Note: the photos on this page are changed frequently. Older posts are found by clicking the rectangular "buttons" on the left side of this text.

The most recent posts can be seen by clicking on the Button, "Past".

 

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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 a few of my publications that are available online.

 


 

October 18, 2014 (Saturday evening)

For those of you Big Cottonwood Park folk who have lamented the disappearance of the Harlan's Red-Tailed Hawk over the past days...

Good News!!!

The bird is back as of 5:30 P.M. this afternoon!

Below is a series of images showing the bird as it left the park for the evening, sure to be back again in the coming days!

 

Ramping up to leave for the evening...

 

 

 

For some reason, the bird thoroughly ruffled its feathers just before takeoff, looking somewhat like a Gorilla!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Starling had better move away fast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How often does a photographer have access to the same wild bird such as this one, for a total of 7 days, and still counting?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 16, 2014

At Big Cottonwood Park I photographed a rare bird, a male Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker (not seen here).

This is the 3rd year (approx. the same time) that I've located such a bird.

However this year's image was poor in quality, so I'm still looking for a better one!

In the meantime, I've been practicing on Flickers in Flight, as seen below, a male Northern Red-Shafted Flicker, common here.

 

 

A few successful images of the common bird, I'm hoping to do the same with a Yellow-Shafted male this season!

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a female Northern Red-Shafted Flicker, carrying a Russian Olive in its beak!

 

 

The female lacks the red stripe sported by males in the malar (cheek) area of the head.

 

 

 

These 2 male Northern Flickers were sparring.

 

 

 

One is a Red X Yellow-shafted Intergrade.

Can you tell which is which?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 13, 2014

My walk began in Big Cottonwood Park at 9:00 A.M. this morning...

The shaded areas under the trees were covered with frost.

At 10 A.M. I was walking past the empty old dead tree where the Harlan's hawk has perched every day until now.

As I stood there in the early morning light, a huge dark object appeared... the Harlan's was back for today!

The beauty of the hawk in flight, illuminated with intense directional backlight was awesome!

My camera instinctively came into working position and I fired off a very few images before the masterful Hawk landed amidst the tangle of dead twigs near the top of the tree.

 

Note: This is the 2nd time I've posted the hawk coming to rest in the tree; but this time its low level incoming flight required it to CLIMB at the last minute!

In the earlier post, the bird arrived high in the sky, and DROPPED onto its perch, using its "alula feathers" to stall.

Its "alula" feathers did not factor in during this current landing!

 

 

Bird continuing to climb...

 

 

with feet moving into position to grasp a tree branch

 

 

Where to land?!

 

 

in this tangle of branches!

 

 

Done!

 

 

A woman out for her walk, standing to the side of me said, "That's enough to make me cry!" She remembered the hawk from last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 9,2014

More images from today, of the Harlan's Hawk at

Big Cottonwood Park!

 

The bird provided some exceptional images today, by flying from one location to its traditional tree.

Other seasons when photographing this bird the Experts always asked if I had any images showing the undertail area.

Well, today I certainly do, along with the bird's use of its Alula feathers

to stall while landing (thanks Kris P.).

 

The bird was partially hidden in foliage here...

 

 

 

It decided to fly the short distance to its favored tree...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hawk begins to deploy its "Alula" feathers" in a landing stall...

 

 

The "Alula" on each wing edge is very distinctive in this image. They are the sunlit projections on both edges of the wings

 

 

 

I'm hoping this and the following images will provide more undertail plumage detail for I.D. purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 8, 2014

What are the odds?!

Deborah Drain is to be given credit for "flagging" a very special

Harlan's Red-Tail Hawk's presence in Big Cottonwood Park these past days!

She also deserves credit for discovering and announcing the presence of the (apparently) same bird each year for 3 years now!.

I've been photographing the same bird in fall/winter for 2 years including this year.

Enjoy a series of images from this morning, photographed in the Traditional Old Dead Tree on the east side of the park, adjacent to the melon field!

In future posts, I'll bring up last season's images of the bird for comparison.

From this morning

 

 

 

 

 

After preening...

 

 

Magpies and a Cooper's Hawk harassed the bird unrelentingly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hawk went to ground after being harassed by an unbelievable number of Magpies and a hawk!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nape coloration...

 

 

 

 

With any luck, the apparent Harlan's Red-tail Hawk will continue to thrill many other people (as it did today) by its presence in Big Cottonwood Park!

 

 

Note: I now have a presence on Flickr... See it (HERE)