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  1. Landscape and Scenery photographs!

    Have not been on here in a long time. Southwestern New Mexico Nikon D4 Nikon 24-70 lens
  2. Landscape and Scenery photographs!

    Have not been on here in a long time. Caught this bolt during daylight hours just before the storm came in Southwestern New Mexico Nikon D4 Nikon 24-70 lens
  3. In Flight

    Had Zoltar {golden eagle} out getting him some exercise and took these shots. He is a falconry bird, so, I have the advantage of him flying towards me and being extremely close, not away as is the case of wild birds. You guys do a great job of capturing the wild birds in flight, but, I can't resist taking pics of Zoltar under these circumstances. It certainly is not the same as capturing the wild birds and you guys deserve the credit for that. I took these with the Nikon D700 and the Nikon 85mm 1.8 lens having broke my 70-300mm lens about a month ago.
  4. Landscape and Scenery photographs!

    The Molten {sp?] Barn is the number 1 iconic shot in GTNP. The 2 mornings I was there trying to get a decent shot, there were at least 30 to 40 other photographers from all over the world standing in the field trying to get a shot. The morning I took the above shot, was a gorgeous sunrise on the other side of the field from the barn. The pink reflection in the clouds was from that sunrise. We even got a little rainbow the day before. Here is that image
  5. In Flight

    Zoltar, taken with Nikon D700, Nikon 85mm lens.
  6. Landscape and Scenery photographs!

    Made a trip to Grand Teton National Park this past Sept. This is the Moulten Barn on Mormon Row and is the most photographed thing in GTNP. We were hoping for sunny days but as you can see we had 3 days of stormy wet weather.When you are on a trip, you take what you can get.
  7. MacGillivray's Warbler

    creeker, hope to see this guy again today so I can get better pictures.
  8. MacGillivray's Warbler

    Birdbrain, if your ever in New Mexico, we have an extra room. NM is beautiful but in a desert sort of way. We don't have any of that green stuff called grass. Don't even own a lawnmower.
  9. MacGillivray's Warbler

    ejay, thats every day in my back area. I live in Southwestern New Mexico {near Silver City} in the mountains with no one behind my house except the mountain. The deer come in 2 or 3 times every day and jump the barb wired fence to get to my water pond and the birds come in for the bird feeders. I sit on my back porch with my tripod and camera all set up. Wildlife we have plenty of, just no people.
  10. MacGillivray's Warbler

    Thank you all.
  11. MacGillivray's Warbler

    Thanks The BillyPilgrim., you just made my day. Today in my back yard I saw, black headed gross beak {male &female}, cowbirds, house finches, white winged dove, eurasian collared doves, Mexican Jays, Bullock Oriole {male&female} Scotts Oriole, Raven, bushtit, Juniper titmouse, and about 40 band tailed pigeons, plus al the hummingbirds ,but, this little guy {MacGillivray's warbler} was the high light of the day.
  12. These are not good pictures, but, hoping this is a MacGillivray's Warbler. First one I have ever seen or even heard of. This bird was underneath a juniper bush with very little light.
  13. In Flight

    Was in Tucson yesterday and as I drove by this field, I saw the swain son's standing on the ground. I turned around and got this series of shots. I already had the Nikon D4 and the Nikon 300mm 2.8 lens set up sitting on the passenger front seat in case I saw something. I got these shots off just as the bird was lifting off.
  14. In Flight

    Stopped by the Bosque Del Apache a couple weeks ago and took these shots. All taken with the Nikon D4 and Nikon 600mm lens.
  15. Birds of prey share yours

    The only domestic eagles that can be used in the sport of falconry are depredation eagles and Wyoming is the only state that allows the take of these birds because of the large sheep ranches in that state. The eagles feed on the lambs. We don't use the bald eagle because it primarily feeds on fish.. There are probably 35 to 50 eagle falconers in the US. These birds are not pets and are kept just as wild as we can and still be able to handle them. They are used to hunt with. Most falconers are smart enough to stay away from these guys because they can really hurt you. USFWS only allows 6 eagles per year to be taken out of the wild when trapping is allowed. No trapping has been allowed for the past 3 or 4 years. Native Americans are given 26 birds per year for their ceramonial rights. Some tribes sacrifice the birds, others breed the birds in captivity.