A Trio Of Brown Birds from Antelope Island

Adult Burrowing Owl lifting off from rabbitbrushAdult Burrowing Owl lifting off from rabbitbrush – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

The heat of summer has turned the green grasses brown on Antelope Island State Park so I thought I’d share some of the “brown birds” I photographed there yesterday. A trio of brown birds from Antelope Island that I see there quite often. Topping the list is an adult Burrowing lifting off from a rabbitbrush that it had been perching on. Burrowing Owls are a favorite subject of mine and I think they always will be. Banded legs or not.

A Mourning Dove perched on a dying greasewoodA Mourning Dove perched on a dying greasewood – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 320, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Later on I photographed a Mourning Dove perched on a dying greasewood at the White Rock Bay campgrounds. I’m glad the invasive European Collared Doves aren’t over running the island (yet) because I prefer the softer calls of the smaller, native Mourning Doves.

A Young Western Meadowlark perched on rabbitbrushA young Western Meadowlark perched on rabbitbrush – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1600, ISO 500, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The Western Meadowlarks seem to have had a great nesting season because their numbers seem especially high at the moment on the island, they are every where! This young meadowlark was perched on a rabbitbrush and I had hoped to catch it lifting off so for probably 4 minutes I waited, finger on the shutter button, eye glued to my viewfinder and when it did lift off I missed it because an RV passed by causing it to fly away and my view of the bird was obstructed.

Bird photography isn’t easy.

Life is good.

Mia

5 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover June 29, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the news and the beautiful images. Wow, struggling to keep my lawn from going brown in this oppressive heat.

  2. Elephant's Child June 29, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Brown and beautiful.

  3. Jane Chesebrough June 29, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Three birds that are fun to watch and listen to.Oh I know what you mean about cars and trucks approaching.

  4. Alex (stu) June 29, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Great Images Mia. I think one is allowed to shoot out the RV tires when they occlude a photographers shot ). And a Mourning Dove photo too. I will pass it around to its cousins here

  5. Patty Chadwick June 29, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Three beautiful images…but the second, of the Mourning Dove is my special favorite. We haven’t seen that many of them this year and were getting a little worried. It’s still early, so I hope to see more of them soon….

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