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Old Dec 23, 2014, 2:46 PM   #1
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Its been a cool and damp December, ideal weather for observing birds, but not the best light for photographing them. But the new camera can handle low light (high ISO) so much better, so here are a few sample shots...

First an "up close and personal" face shot of one of my educational "tools" - Mrs. Barred Owl (one of our captive, non-releasable raptors). Taken with the old A 35-105, which sure seems to work will with the new camera...
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Old Dec 23, 2014, 2:51 PM   #2
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(the rest are all taken with the Tokina 400)

Carolina Chickadees are abundant here in East Tennessee year-round. The tricky part is to catch one being still for more than a second! In the warmer seasons they subsist almost entirely on tiny insects, but in winter they switch to a more "seedy" diet.
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Chickadees in winter join mixed flocks of other small birds. The "teams" of different species means a measure of safety from predators. Here's another species often found in the mixed flocks, a Tufted Titmouse. This one was posing on the "hand" of a bird-feeder (set up by another Park Ranger) to allow park visitors the chance to feed birds by hand!
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Downy Woodpeckers are another common bird here year-round, and usually pretty approachable. They are another species often found in those mixed winter flocks.
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Not all woodpeckers are approachable. I've taken LOTS of flicker photos that turned out to be just a departing blur! But this Flicker was kind enough to perch long enough for a few quick snapshots...
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Speaking of shy birds, our Belted Kingfishers are especially camera-shy. They let me get fairly close, as long as there is no camera in sight. But pull out the camera, and they are gone!
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Kingfishers are not the only fish-eating birds here in December. Our region is home to plenty of Great Blue Herons, year-round. And the herons let you get pretty close, as long as you stalk in slowly...
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Of course, I have to include our Tennessee State Bird in this tour of "Tennessee birdland." Mockingbirds are bold and abundant here year-round. And they are very vigorous in defending their winter berry thickets!
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Hope you've enjoyed this quick visit to some of our common East Tennessee birds, and that you'll share your comments & critique. Oh, and best wishes for a fine & blessed Christmas to you & yours!
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Wow, that is one sharp owl!

We don't get the chickadees here, but the titmice are the most interesting visitors for our sunflower seed feeder.
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