Shades of Gray in Three Bird Species

Adult Gray Partridge running through a fieldAdult Gray Partridge running through a field in Montana – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 800, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

It has been gray for a couple of days and it supposed to be gray until this front passes and while gray days can get me down gray birds lift me back up. I have been working on my new photo galleries and came across a few gray birds to post today.

The first is a Gray Partridge photographed in Glacier County, Montana during the summer of 2012 on a farm where there is a small flock of Gray Partridges (sometimes called Huns) that have been there for years & years. Even though they are used to people and farm equipment they are still pretty skittish but the morning I took this image they were a bit more approachable. Personally I love the peachy and rust colors against the soft grays in their plumage.

Gray Partridges are an introduced upland game bird species and in a few areas of grasslands and grainfields they thrive.

Gray Catbird on Half Moon CayGray Catbird on Half Moon Cay – Nikon D200, handheld,  f7.1, 1/125, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

While I lived in Florida I had a hard time getting images of the Gray Catbirds that I came across because they are such skulkers, who knew I would get my best opportunity with the species on Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas? I was wandering around photographing Bananaquits and Bahama Mockingbirds when I found this one peering at me from a shrub.

Gray Flycatcher at Bear River NWRGray Flycatcher at Bear River NWR, Utah – Nikon D200,  f7.1, 1/750, ISO 250, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The last gray bird for today is a Gray Flycatcher I photographed while on the Bear River Bird Refuge auto tour route in August of 2009. The flycatcher flew in so close that I was able to get a series of close frame filling images of it before it left to hawk for insects.

Gray days aren’t so gray when I see shades of gray in three bird species on my screen.

Life is good.



  1. Sarah Mayhew April 27, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Surprised to hear the Florida Catbirds are skulkers. They are common and easily tameable on Martha’s Vineyard Island. I would get one or two to eat raisins out of my hand every summer. 🙂 Love Catbirds, they have a lot of character!

  2. Frances Ruth Harris April 25, 2015 at 11:13 am

    So beautiful!

  3. Patty Chadwick April 25, 2015 at 7:43 am

    An interesting, creative viewpoint/comparison…I espcially like the one of the Catbird…I’ve always been attracted to them ever since I first “discovered” them as a child, when I heard one “mewing” in an old arbor. I thought some had dropped off kittens again. I like their slate-blue gray and black toupee.

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