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Posts tagged “bird

Mother Goose and Goslings


Okay, I found these images a couple months back while on a walk in Downtown Portland, OR. I was walking on the waterfront where, the Waterfront Blues Festival happens every 4th of July weekend. On a quieter, more serene day, one can usually find Canadian Geese mill about plucking at the grass. On this day I found goslings learning how to walk among the flock looking cute as ever. Don’t worry it may appear like I’m really close to the bird in some images, I’m not, I used my telephoto lens so I could stay out of harms way. Besides Mama and Papa Geese, and probably the rest of the flock, were watching me closely, as you can see in some images. My favorite is the gosling in the background and the blurred head other adult.

Peace

~V

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Wild in the City – Laurelhurst Falcons


I found this young fledgling at Laurelhurst Park last week, probably complaining about the heat. If you’ll notice while she’s sitting there on the tree limb her wings are slightly lifted. Makes sense to me that with all those feathers, when they are folded tightly against her body, on a hot day, it’s doing nothing but generating heat? So, why not get some air flowing through? Even though it’s hot air, but probably not as hot up in the trees, lifting your wings, even just a little bit, is somewhat akin to turning on the air conditioning. At 95 degrees this day lifting the wings is something needed and very welcome.

There was a whole family of these beautiful birds on this day. I saw four of them at one time, they were playing chase with the squirrels. But only one of these beautys saw fit to be a model for me this day. The others were shy. It was a bonus to find these lovely birds squawking at each other this day. I’d merely went to the park to do some reading, but I did bring my camera and some nuts, thinking perhaps I’d lure a squirrel my way for some pictures. As luck would have it, the squirrels were hiding, but these falcons were definitely flying about.

I think the family lives in the park right now? The other day I was walking by the park and happened to catch 2 or 3 chasing and playing with each other, as they briefly flew away from the protective trees and over the sidewalk. There may be more images of these lovely birds coming soon, so be on the lookout.

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Peace

~V


Cute Chickadees


In case you missed my previous posts this year regarding this wonderful bird. Here’s another opportunity to check them out. I had a couple opportunities to photograph Chickadees this past year, once at the Heron Haus Bed and Breakfast in Northwest Portland, and another time at Oswald West State Park on the Oregon Coast. Here are some leftover images that haven’t made it onto this blog yet. You can check out the other images by following the links provided above. I hope you like, please share with your friends and family.

Peace

~V


Freakin’ Awesome!


Vince Ferguson - Chickadee - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – Chickadee – Digital Image

Freakin’ Awesome! Special Announcement!

I just got word that this image took Second Place in the Lifetouch Region 8 Merit Image Contest – Fall 2014! Woohoo! This contest is open to Lifetouch Region 8 employees only, so the field of submitters are all awesome photographers in their own right. I know, I work with many of them.

If you’re a regular follower on this blog, you’ll remember last April I was awarded first place in this same image contest? Check it out here. And over the Summer it was announced that I was a Finalist in the Best in Photography 2014 contest through Photographer’s Forum Magazine. So, it’s been a banner year so far for me this year, and the year’s not even over yet! So, enjoy the images posted on this blog, share with your friends and know that you’re looking at images created by an award winning photographer! I’m so humbled that I get to say that!

It’s a great story surrounding the creation of this image I call Chickadee, you can refresh your memory of it by visiting the Charming Cheerful Chickadees.

Peace

~V


Rocky Butte Falcon


Well, these aren’t awesome images, but they are pretty good, and very telling of the fact that I need another zoom lens. These images are blurry because I’ve zoomed in and cropped them from the original image that I created with my camera. I was at Rocky Butte in Portland, OR to find images of the Super Full Moon rising on the horizon behind Mount Hood. But the clouds on the horizon interfered with that endeavor, by blocking out Mount Hood. Still got some good images that I’ll probably share here one day, but this Falcon was flying around and these are the best images I could find. It was fun watching her flying around probably looking for dinner.

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Peace

~V


Charming Cheerful Chickadees


I was out at Oswald West State Park on the Oregon Coast a couple weeks ago. My friends and I needed to take a break from the Summer Heat in Portland, so headed to the coast for our regular hike, where the day reach a crisp high of 62 degrees. It was a great comfortable hike. I’ve been out to Oswald West before, in fact, two of my great friends got married to each other on Short Sands Beach in the park, nearly a year ago. Here are a couple posts that I made last year featuring images from that wedding – Rings and Feet. It’s one of my favorite places on the coast. I’ve explored the North side of the park many times, so this time, I wanted to head South and explore that area for a bit. There are many old growth evergreen trees in this section. The trail we were on is part of the Oregon Coast Trail System, which I guess is a trail that follows the entire coast of Oregon. Towards the end of the trail, the trees give way to an open prairie on top of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This is where we undoubtedly got a little too close to a nest of chickadees?  Because, all of a sudden there’s all these chickadees flying around us, and one in particular just chirping away, keeping her eye on us. It allowed me to take several pictures of these charming birds. Here are two of my favorites. Hope you like also?

Be sure to check out my previous post of Chickadees by visiting the link, just click on the word.

 


Cawk-a-doodle-doo!


I was out on Sauvie Island last week, picking Raspberries for this years crop of Raspberry Jam. After picking nearly 10 lbs, of Raspberries, I was walking back to the main house on the farm and found these guys roaming about. They were very photogenic and fun to create some cool images with.

A rooster is a male gallinaceous bird, usually a male chicken. Also known as a cockerel or cock, they claimed the name of Rooster by “Roosting” or perching to sleep at night, an act actually done by both sexes. The Rooster is polygamous and attempts to watch over his hens by roosting about 5-6 feet above ground. While famously known as a crower at dawn, some roosters actually crow throughout the day, depending on personality. To check out the varied usage of Roosters in Spiritual activities, check out the wikipedia page to learn more.

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Peace

~V


Chickadees


The Black-capped Chickadee to be exact. This little garden bird can be found all over North America. It’s a very common bird found roaming around the backyard or garden just about everywhere. This little bird is the state bird for both Maine and Massachusetts. I found these guys bathing themselves in a rock fountain, in the back yard of the Heron Haus Bed and Breakfest in NW Portland.

The third image in this little collection is actually a close up cut out of the second image in this collection. While looking at these images at home after I found them, The second image in particular didn’t require a lot of touch up, but at one point while looking at it, I zoomed in to find the third image in this collection. I thought it was looking pretty cool – I went from a cool landscape image of a bird bathing into an abstract painting. The burred flapping wings add to this abstract nature.

I hope you like these image also, please remember to share this post with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V


Photo Essay – Rainbows


Here’s an awesome photo essay featuring Rainbows. “Capturing rainbows with the correct composition and lighting is not an easy task, aperture and sometimes filters (such as a polarizing filter) must be taken into consideration in full detail to accomplish a successful shot.” To see all 22 images in this collection, visit the Viewbug Blog.

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Peace

~V

Image Credit - “Rainbows in the Sky” by LizaH

Image Credit – “Rainbows in the Sky” by LizaH


Photo Essay – Birds of Prey


Here’s another great Photo Essay from the Photographers @Viewbug. But sure to visit the Viewbug Blog to see more images in this awesome collection!

“Birds of pray are considered birds that hunt and feed on other animals. The gallery is stunning, be sure to satisfy your eyes by browsing the collection in this photo competition’s gallery.”

Image Credit - “I see you” by beamieyoung

Image Credit – “I see you” by beamieyoung

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Peace

~V


Blurred Robins


During last month’s Winter Snow Storm here in Portland, I just had to get out and find some images that might be interested. With nearly 10″ of snow on the ground I ventured out over to Laurelhurst Park to see what awaits. I found several images that ended up being pretty cool, but perhaps the most intriguing came when I was ready to leave the park. I walked by a part of the park where there are several Magnolia trees, and an occasional Holly bush. Since the ground was frozen and they couldn’t dig up worms, the Robins were raiding the Holly berries for their morning meal. Robin’s seem to be fairly skittish birds, at least they were on this particular morning. They were moving about at a very high rate. Perhaps because of me, but I think probably more because it was so cold out? They were hopping all over these Holly bushes, moving around. By the time I got my camera pointed at them, they had already moved on to another part of the bush, or a different tree altogether. That’s why these are so blurry, a combination of the birds moving around fast, and me moving my camera as they would take off. But I think these are some pretty interesting images anyway? If not out of the ordinary?

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Peace

~V


Photo Essay – Photography Talk


Here’s an amazing collection of random images brought together simply because of their beauty. To see more images in this collection visit the Viewbug Blog post.

Image Credit - “little feathery dragon” by etrdryzt

Image Credit – “little feathery dragon” by etrdryzt

Peace

~V


Something to Crow About!


I just wanted to share these pretty cool images. I found them one morning while up at Rocky Butte in Portland, Oregon. I was there to photograph the sunrise, so in addition to some cool sunrise images, I think I got lucky with these images too? What do you think? Leave a comment or like this post, please share with your friends!

Peace

~V


Beautiful Varied Thrushes


I stumbled across a flock of Varied Thrushes in Laurelhurst Park on my morning walk the other day. It was the morning Portland got it’s first snow of the year. About an inch of snow, enough to make Portland driving turn into slip and sliding maniacs, is what we received. I was out at the park taking pictures of the fresh blanket of snow. Unfortunately it wasn’t very much snow at all, so I didn’t get any snow cold landscapes, but these Thrushes were skittering about in the underbrush, and I think I got a few images that are pretty decent? Varied Thrushes always surprise me with their beauty. They can be some what camouflage in the Northwest forest, but they skitter about a lot, so if you hear one whistling – like a referee’s whistle – nearby, stop and wait a bit, they’ll move fast and you’ll see their beautiful nature revealed. What do you think of these images? Leave a comment below or rate this post above.

I was fortunate in my life to have had to walk through a giant Redwood Forest to get to classes while in college. In Northern California I lived with a 700 acre Redwood Forest in my backyard, the school I needed to get to, on the other side of that forest. Over 2 years, I walked in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings, listening to the Varied Thrush’s call, thinking it’s a referees whistle on a park basketball court. Despite it’s loud whistle for a call, the Varied Thrush is an elusive bird, preferring to stay high in the forest so no one will see them. I didn’t see my first one for at least 2 years after living in the Redwood Forest. Occasionally they will venture down to the lower parts of the forest and forage in the underbrush. And that is how I saw my first one.

As I had some extra time one afternoon, I went for a casual hike in the forest one day. Along some brush I had to pass to get into the forest, I heard the tale tell whistle of the Varied Thrush. I stopped, and looked into the brush for about a minute before the Varied Thrush that called, moved. What a beautiful bird I thought while gasping when I saw her. She was camouflaged in the brush until she moved. And, I saw my first Varied Thrush, up close and personal.

Thanks for stopping by.

Peace

~V


Hum… Humm… Humming… Hummingbirds


I got real lucky when I got the chance to create these images. I was down at a newly discovered flower garden trying to figure out a great way to photograph these beautiful Crocosmia flowers. I found some when a bee fluttering about and had my eye in the viewfinder of my camera taking some images, when a giant shadow crossed the image. I was startled to say the least and upon removing my eye from the viewfinder I found this hummingbird flittering right in front of me, checking me out, almost as if to say, “Hey bud, whatcha’ up too?” Well, I immediately turned my camera on to her and started snapping my camera. As you know already these are very fast creatures so I didn’t get very many good images. But she stayed on a branch long enough for me to get a few, then hovered back to the Crocosmia flower, left for a bit, then came back to sit  of the branch. Although, I think there were two flying around that evening, since in the two images I have here of the bird on the branch, one appears fatter than then other. Not sure if that’s my imagination. Anyway, I hope you like, feel free to leave a comment below, or rate this post above. Thanks for stopping by today.

I believe these are Anna’s Hummingbirds, which is a year long resident in Oregon, rather than migrating in the Winter? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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Peace

~V


Backyard Birds


There are a couple Blue Jays that have decided to nest in my backyard. They seem to nest nearby pretty much every year. I don’t know exactly where their nest is, but every time my cat goes outside, or a neighbors cat, or even raccoons, come around, the Jays are rustled from their nest, calling out to protect what’s theirs. At first, it can be pretty sweet pretty, but this particular call is the same, monotonous tone, and their call is fairly constant. So after about 5 minutes, or longer, it can start riding on the ears a little bit.

Last year, I had a couple Robins, built a nest, in the trees right outside my backdoor, but they never went further in regards to living in the nest. I think they ended a little two close to the Jays, and got an early eviction from their new home?

Finally, in today’s post we have a couple images of a Gilded Flicker. All of these birds in today’s post were difficult to photograph, but the Flicker in particular is a very skittish bird. They just don’t stick around long enough when humans are around. I don’t blame them either.

The Flicker is a cool bird in my opinion, except when they decide to peck the metal grate at the top of my chimney. Talk about loud? OMG! The first time I heard it, I didn’t know what it was, and the view point from my backyard to the chimney doesn’t make it easy to spot what might be up there making the noise. One day I walked out of my place to my car, and heard the familiar sound. I looked up and saw a Flicker pounding on the chimney top at the apartments from across the street. I was amazed. If anyone knows why they do this, please leave a comment?

Back to the Robins. This past Winter in North Portland, there was a small die off of Robins, folks didn’t know what had happened. Some tests where done on the dead birds and we discovered they had died from Alcohol Poisoning. Since the ground had frozen, they couldn’t find any worms to eat. So they turned to Holly Berries, that ended up a little more fermented then normal. How fascinating.

And Blue Jays. What can I say about Blue Jays? The bully of the bird world, they come into an area and bully their way about. I remember one morning while camping a long way back. I’m sleeping outside in the bag next to a picnic table. Early that morning, just as it was getting light, a Blue Jay comes up onto the table and starts squawking away. Waking me up from a very nice sleep. I haven’t been a very big fan of Blue Jays every since. They are indeed beautiful birds however.

I hope you enjoy this week’s post. Be sure to visit back next Saturday and every Saturday, for great images from my attempts at Documenting the Portland area, and beyond.

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Peace

~V


Second Chance – Taking Flight


Well, I almost didn’t have a post for today. Although I’m trying to stick to my posting once a week, every Saturday. I awoke on this Saturday with no post ready, just a busy week. But while fulfilling my regular volunteer shift at the Rental Sales Gallery in Portland, OR, my co-worker – Jenny Watson, just started reviewing my Osprey image of last week. If you may remember last week I visited an osprey’s nest on the side of the highway in North-Western Oregon, I post 5 images from this session on my blog last week. While Jenny and I were thumbing through all the Osprey images from that session, we started making tweaks to some of the images. Before we know, I had a post for today! Yeah! So, this post is dedicated to Jenny! Thanks for making my Saturdays at the gallery more fun!.

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Peace, and have a great weekend.

~V


Taking Flight


This week I decided to give myself a little bit of time and take my time on my way to a job in Salem, OR. I work a lot in Salem, and living in Portland, I get tired of taking the same I-5 south every time I have to head down that way. So, occasionally, I like to mix it up a little bit.

On this particular day in the last week of April 2013, I decided to take the OR Highway 99w Southwest out of Portland, toward McMinnville. Just shy of McMinnville is a little town called Dayton. You can catch Highway 221 South out of Dayton and head to Salem in about 20 minutes. Just after leaving Dayton, OR, I saw a huge nest sitting on a telephone pole with an Osprey standing guard. That was pretty exciting! I didn’t have time right then to stop, so I took a survey of the landmarks and marked the next mile post, mental note created.

That afternoon, after completing my job for the day I left Salem and head back home. I take the same exact route, my mental note told me what mile post I was looking for. I parked the truck along the road a little distance away from the nest. I didn’t want to spook her sitting there. I was close enough to see that she was there. I got out and start creating images. I slowly walk closer and closer to the nest, creating images every couple steps. Finally, though not intentional, I get close enough to spook her, she takes off. She doesn’t fly off very far. I was still able to continue getting some good images.

I heard her cawing, but then realize, what a minute, I’m looking right at her through my camera, but I don’t see her beak moving? It was at about the same time that a giant shadow passes over me. I look away from my camera, and up. There’s another huge Osprey flying around, checking me out. It didn’t take long before this new bird probably assesses that I’m not a threat and flies off. So my focus went back to the female still sitting on the pole.

I walk closer until I spook her again, she takes flight and I get some images of her flying over and around me. It was about 20 minutes into the session that decide I’ve had enough for today and head back to the car. But wait! Turns out the male was busy from a couple minutes ago when I saw him flying over me. He comes flying back to the nest with some kind of rodent in it’s claws. He sees me still hanging around and detours away to fly the safe route. He flies around the long way and then back to the nest. By then the female had made her way back too. I watch them both enjoy lunch.

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Peace, and have a great weekend.

~V


The Days are Getting Longer!


Daylight Saving begins on Sunday, Mar 11th! As we move further into the light of the season, the days will get longer, the nights shorter. I saw cherry blossoms on a tree in the park the other day. I also saw my first Rhododendron flowers the other day. Beautiful yellow crocuses line the sidewalk along my neighbors house. Daffodils will start popping up their yellow heads, mimicking the sun as it’s presence warms things up a little more. I wanted to share some images of light I’ve taken over the previous Winter while working on my Sunrise Series. Sunrise Series? You may be asking yourself? Well you’ll be seeing those images coming up on my blog soon too. In the meantime enjoy these images of light to tide you over. If you want to see more great images, be sure to visit my Facebook Page. You’ll get to enjoy a lot more great images.

Peace

~V

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