Personal Web Site
Updated: March 8, 2014
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 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 seen on this page are changed frequently. Older posts are archived and listed in the links to the left.
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March 8, 2014
While photographing the Harlan's Hawk at Big Cottonwood Park, I found a few other cooperative birds to photograph, beginning with Cedar Waxwings on cloudy days:
The fruit from Russian Olive trees is the reason for the Cedar Waxwings being there.
A sunny day, with a male Downy Woodpecker.
A hovering Sharpshinned(?) hawk provided 'Deborah' and me with a few great looks.
March 7, 2014
On Monday, I had the opportunity to photograph (again, after 5 months!)
The Big Cottonwood Regional Park's Harlan's Hawk.
First, a few images of the bird from November, with bright sunlight!
The bird has just taken a rat; unfortunately, a fence interferes with the image.
During November I wasn't able to get many flight images.
In November, I photographed this bird over a 3 week period, routinely.. This day..Cloudy.
A day when the bird did some stretching...
Many other images were taken, only a few posted from November 2013
The following images were from March 2 of this year, taken in a rainstorm!
Preening provided a good look at the red tail...
The sun broke out!
Overcast conditions limited the image quality of birds in flight!
March 3, 2014.
My posts on the 2 Utah Birds' listservs regarding the Hooded Mergansers at Mehraban Wetlands in Draper, Utah, met with great success, with scores of people privately thanking me for the heads-up on the birds' location.
Alas, as of yesterday, March 2, the numbers of Hoodies have rapidly dwindled to 2 adult pair, in contrast with an earlier number of birds, well over a dozen!
Final number of birds as of Sunday, March 2:
Male Hooded Merganser in flight...
A series of 'stretches' by the female Hooded Merganser...
A final image of the 2 remaining female Hooded Mergansers, Draper, UT.
February 26, 2014
For the 3rd straight year in a row, I have found Hooded Mergansers at the same location!
This year there are at least 4 adult pairs, along with a sizeable number of 1st Year birds!
The 2 birds forward are 1st Spring males; with an adult pair bringing up the rear.
2 adult males, with a lone female trailing...
A pair, settling onto the pond...
The same pair...
Here are 2 First-Spring Male Hooded Mergansers, defined by their black bills and eye coloration!
Here we see a 1st Spring Male, with a Female behind him... notice her eye coloring and yellow bill in contrast to the male's eye color and black bill.
Closeup of the 1st Spring male, with an adult male behind...
While photographing these birds I decided to employ the tiny Canon SX50 camera for awhile on a day with overcast sky; and another with bright sun.
The sunny images always work best with this camera, although the flat lighting from overcast skies sometimes provide a 'painterly' outcome.
Closeup of male...
SX50 Canon used for all shots below
Hooded Merganser pair
1st Spring Male...
A series of images, with Male displaying, on an overcast day...
Direct sunlight works better than overcast with this camera.
February 22, 2014
Springtime is just around the corner, announces the male Red-Wing Blackbird!
Male Common Merganser in flight on a cloudy morning...
The male Common Merganser that has only one leg/foot was fishing...
The bird did not dive, rather, he scouted for small fishes this way.
He looked normal until he shifted directions, revealing his loss.
The bird stopped fishing and began to preen. In doing so, his stump of a leg began to move rapidly as if it was connected to a foot!
The bird has adapted marvelously to his handicap!
Compare the behavior of a normal female Cansvasback, doing the same thing!
This bird can preen and scratch with ease.
February 18, 2014
I've posted earlier (below) regarding interesting birds/activities at Willow Pond, Murray, UT.
But this year compared to last year is dismal with far fewer species!
However, here are a few noteworthy images...
A pair of Northern Shovelers, side by side...
A lone male Ring-necked Duck that shows a tiny fraction of its chestnut colored ring, or collar.
Here is one out of the water, relaxing, with no hint of its ring-neck pattern.
However, when it stretched, the 'collar' is plainly visible
At this time of year, Bald Eagle flybys are common at the Jordan/Murray Parkway...
This bird was flying south, directly over the pond.
American Coots were doing their 'ring ritual'...
I've seen as many as 6 birds doing this.
An extreme closeup of a Ring-billed Gull, trying to steal a Coot's 'salad'!
It didn't go very well for the gull!!
Things got heated up in a hurry!
with the Gull "taking the short end of the stick"
Ring-billed gulls were everywhere as the ice retreated...
I'm pleased with what my modest, old, 2nd-hand Nikon 300mm prime
did for this portrait!
I also took advantage of a close encounter with a California gull to do the same!
The short end of the stick...
Gulls were playing with sticks they were picking up from the pond!!
And that reminded me of another bird I discovered at Willow Pond in an earlier year that 'played' with a stick!
Common Loon sequence:
Finally, earlier, I shot Neotropic Cormorants playing a stick game on the Jordan River, adjacent to Mill Race Pond in Taylorsville.
Click on the image below and watch several NECOs passing the stick around!
Allow a few moments for the video to appear... less than a minute.
Also note :
In the above 'screengrab', a distinctive characteristic of Neotropic Cormorants is evident... a PINK gular sac, which separates them from Double-Crested Cormorants (along with size differences).
Watch closely in the video to see these birds display their sacs in 'social signaling'.
Finally, compare my image from 2013 (MillRace Pond) showing both species displaying their distinctive sacs (Neco-pink/DCCO-yellow) during 'gular panting'... a method of thermo-regulation in these birds.