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Tracking Animals for Photography: Final Results - Birds

Updated: Jul 6


It's been a year since I started this project last September of 2021 which included four seasons, well if you can call it four seasons in California. Even though it doesn't seem like four seasons, nature still follows a schedule. The natural schedule of things has an extra layer of complication added to my research area. This extra layer is the availability of water, and when spring the busiest time for nature comes around the water starts to disappear.


Pretty much the one constant animal during all my visits to the area was the Birds. Granted not all of them would be out each time but there was enough to keep me busy. The birds of prey were more active in the mornings and early evenings when the rabbits and squirrels were out and about. The rest of the birds were more active at the beginning of spring and early summer with the bloom of the wildflowers and the burst of insects. The one bird that was always active was the Quail. Even though it was the most active bird it was the most difficult one to photograph. When I would get within 100 ft of one, another would sound the alarm and they would all be off in different directions. Even when I hung out in the bushes waiting for them, they would avoid the area or a ground squirrel would alert them. My longest single interaction with birds was with a pair of Vultures, you can read about it here.



​Birds in the area:

​Confirmed

Acorn Woodpecker

Anna’s Hummingbird

Black-headed Grosbeak

Brown Headed Cowbird

Calliope Hummingbird

California Quail

Costa’s Hummingbird

Cooper’s Hawk

Crow

Dark Eyed Junco

Desert Tarantula

Hermit Thrush

Hooded Oriole

Horned Lark

Morning Dove

Downy Woodpecker

Great Horned Owl

Great-tailed Grackle

Lesser Goldfinch

Knighthawk

Mockingbird

Redtail Hawk

Road Runner

Robin

Say’s Phoebe Flycatcher

Silky-Flycatcher

Song Sparrow

Spotted Towhee

Swainson’s Hawk

Tree Sparrow

Turkey Vulture

Western Meadowlark

Western Wood-Pewee

Western Scrub Jay

Wrentit

Yellow Warbler


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Signs: Can refer to anything from Sounds, Bones, Fur, Feathers, or something the animal creates.


Personal Progress:

Stats

Total Time Frame: 12 Months

Boots on the Ground Days: 21

Miles Covered: 105

Low Temp: 42

High Temp: 102

Flowers Photographed: 64

Insects Photographed: 26

Mammals Photographed: 11

Reptiles Photographed: 8

Birds Photographed: 17


Gear:
  • Vortex Recon Optix 8x32 Monocular

  • Nikon Z7 II

  • Nikon Z 70-200mm Lens

  • Nikon Z 105mm Macro Lens

  • Shimoda Designs Action X30 Pack

  • Peak Designs Travel Tripod

  • MountainSmith Trekker FX Lite Trekking Pole with Manfrotto RC2 Head

  • Helinox Chair One

  • Game Camera(s)

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