I’m FINALLY getting to the pictures taken on our trip to Yellowstone back in 2013. Granted this delay is embarrassing, but I blame all the recent projects for keeping me from my photo queue. In this case I can actually take care of both of these endeavors at the exact same time. One of the first sets of shots processed happened to be of a bird – check that, not just a bird, a NEW bird on the checklist!
This bird was shot while Linda was off taking pictures of those flowing water thingies. I can’t remember exactly where we took this in Yellowstone, but do know it was close to the road – at the time the car door was being leveraged for a makeshift tripod. These birds fall in the uber-hyper category and it took everything I had to be able to swing the Beast around fast enough to get a shot before it darted off in a different direction.
Hit the jump to see and read more of this spectrumed beauty.
This trip was my first outing with the 1.4 tele…. that makes this the first trip that validate you only want that extender on if you absolutely have to. Excited about the extra reach capabilities caused me to keep it on bit too much and a lot of my shots went soft as a result. The reach is good if the subject is off in the distance, but tough to sacrifice the crispiness. Unfortunately, without it in this particular case would have resulted in a lot of shots showing some small animal with possibly a green hat on.
Since it was broad daylight the loss of a step (or two) from the tele didn’t have much of an impact and the shutter could be set a little higher than norm to help compensate for any amplified movement. Now, with the extra reach, it is clear that we are looking at a Violet-Green Swallow which officially makes this a new entry on the Birding Life List.
This pretty bird sport a wide spectrum of colors from the top of their head to the very tips of their tails. The palette starts with the standard green hues, but finishes with a brilliant violet/purple proving once again that those lucky bird discoverers are boring as shit when it comes to naming them… uhhhh, that bird is black.. let’s call it a Blackbird – exactly. Guessing whoever gave the common name for the Baeolophus Bicolor was just out alone in the woods too long. But I digress.
Oops, out of pictures. Better throw in some interesting facts or the hate mail will make it into the inbox. First amazing fact is … they eat flying insects. Next up they have … white eggs. Whew, the excitement is killing me. Sit for this one.. they will nest in cliff cavities – get the hell out of here, no way. It’s all true and can all be verified on Cornell’s Ornithology website (link here). Sorry, it was just a big let down from one of my favorite online bird reference sites. With the exception of the egg color, all of these were easily deduced based solely on my 20 minutes spent trying to photograph them. We have higher expectations Cornell.
That’s is all there is folks. Hope you enjoyed the shots as much as I enjoyed adding a new bird to the brand new Bird Life List gallery and thus putting me at least one up on a friendly competition that my brother started tonight – game on!