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Old Nov 20, 2005, 10:05 AM   #1
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Thursday was icy cold, a stiff wind and termperatures below freezing. Plum Beach was gorgeous and filled with some odd stragglers of migration. I've seen Snow Buntings before, but only in large flocks and from a distance. This guy was by himself, and was not cooperating - I followed him for a quarter of a mile before he decided to pose.

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BUNT1.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BUNT2.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BUNT3.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/BUNT4.JPG[/img]

I've NEVER seen a Red Phalrope before, and this lone bird is probably heading further South. The name comes from their Summer plumage - here he is in Winter feathers.


[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/PHAL1.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/PHAL2.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/PHAL3.JPG[/img]

This Song Sparrow, although the colors are a wee bit off, posed nicely....

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SPARR10.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SPARR11.JPG[/img]

[img]www.davidbarkinphotography.com/Temp/SPARR11A.JPG[/img]

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Old Nov 20, 2005, 12:43 PM   #2
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Excellent series Dave... The snow bunting is a beautiful bird. I haven't seen them around here and according to Sibleysit's rarely seen in Oregon.-Kent

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Old Nov 20, 2005, 12:55 PM   #3
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Excellent series Dave... The snow bunting is a beautiful bird. I haven't seen them around here and according to Sibleys it's rarely seen in Oregon. -Kent
Well, they sometimes Winter in Brooklyn. But I've never seen one close enough to shoot before. According to National Geographic's handbook they can be found your way in Winter. They Summer far to the North in Arctic Tundra. Look for them in mixed flocks with Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks.

I actually thought I was seeing a strange Sparrow. Didn't make the I.d. until I got home. Same for the Phalarope, which I've NEVER seen before.

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Nice "crisp" shots of a great find, Dave
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Old Nov 25, 2005, 1:02 PM   #5
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Were you laying on the ground to take these photos?
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Old Nov 25, 2005, 3:27 PM   #6
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Were you laying on the ground to take these photos?
Actually, I lug the equivalent of the Hayden Planatrium around with me when I shoot. Thus, I can be a good distance off when I shot. I can't even focus on something closer than 16 feet.

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Old Nov 26, 2005, 12:13 PM   #7
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Great shots! I've never seen a Snow Bunting. Got to go look that one up to see if we ever have them here.
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Old Nov 26, 2005, 9:12 PM   #8
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Outstanding series Dave. I've never seen a Snow Bunting nor aRed Phalrope. Beautiful birds and you really made a wonderful capture of them and that goes for the Song Sparrow as well. Very good job on these.

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