Birding at Almaden Lake Park

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I stopped off at the local lake to see if the Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets had returned from their winter holidays yet.
It's been pretty boring this year, with nothing but Canada Geese and ducks to shoot. Mallards are beautiful and even
pose for portraits, but I'm anxious to try out my new 80-200 zoom on the white egrets.

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Recently, an influx of gulls, driven inland by bad weather, have offered good opportunities to practice techniques for
photographing flying birds. Unfortunately, today's flight pattern was very high...

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... and I only got a few tries at low altitude shots.

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But while I was snapping away at gulls that were out of range, a larger bird glided over my head.

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I've been advised that it may be a turkey vulture, but it was truly beautiful, and I was thrilled to grab a few shots of it. The shoot
ended on an even more excited note when I ran across this new arrival.

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The Snowy Egrets are back! More to follow :).
 
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Some nice captures Frank.......

luv the mallard drake and the turkey hawk. That 300mm af-s f4 would sing for you!! :wink:

I keep staring at your hummingbird pics, I am just envious and jealous of you..........I think I could make it to SanJose in about a day and ahalf driving non stop for 20+ hours...LOL

nice PS work, saw it posted in the retouch forum, did a great job. Alot of work there to get to that end result. awesome job........

Keith
 
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Re: Some nice captures Frank.......

Keith R. said:
luv the mallard drake and the turkey hawk. That 300mm af-s f4 would sing for you!! :wink:
It would have, if you hadn't sold it out from under me :cry:.

Hey, was that big bird a turkey vulture, and turkey buzzard, or a turkey hawk??? I've heard it described all three ways.
 
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Re: Some nice captures Frank.......

UncleFrank said:
Keith R. said:
luv the mallard drake and the turkey hawk. That 300mm af-s f4 would sing for you!! :wink:
It would have, if you hadn't sold it out from under me :cry:.

Hey, was that big bird a turkey vulture, and turkey buzzard, or a turkey hawk??? I've heard it described all three ways.
The Audubon guide calls it a turkey vulture so I guess we probably should also.
 
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Re: Some nice captures Frank.......

greyflash said:
The Audubon guide calls it a turkey vulture so I guess we probably should also.
Thanks for clearing that up, Gordon. I've got to do a little research on these critters. I wonder what they're
doing hanging around an urban lake.
 
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Cool

I like the detail in the mallard shot, I have found it hard to capture the buzzards you have done good with these. Glad to see your little friend has made it back, look forward to you covering his return.
 
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