2/22/2008

Kiss my flying.........




I've been trying to take some photos of birds in flight with VERY limited success. Actually it's not really measurable on any scale, never mind the Richter scale. For some great examples of birds in flight check this out and this. The reason I am struggling is because I need a faster lens - no really that's my story and I WILL stick to it.


Any takers on bird ID's?

16 comments:

Lynne said...

I don't know about the ID's but the pictures and text made me LOL! I needed it too.

Owlman said...

Lynne, always happy to oblige - especially when it's at my own expense!

Island Rambles Blog said...

This is so great...I am trying to get birds in flight and it is so hard. I had a good laugh at your blog and your attempts look so similar to mine. I have many half eagle, half hawk photos. I have a new lens now, and it is really fast. I just have to focus correctly...ah well. Thanks for putting this in.

noflickster said...

Even though I'm terrible at them I'm a sucker for "limited-info identification" (sounds better than "bad picture IDs," doesn't it?).

Top bird: Barred Owl?
Lower bird: Sharp-shinned Hawk?
- Mike

Owlman said...

Mike you're batting 500 buddy. For those of you who aren't getting the baseball terminology, Mike missed one and got one.

Lynne said...

I'm going to say Barred Owl on top and Cooper's Hawk on the bottom.

Owlman said...

Oooooh Lynne: 0/2. Maybe I should give you credit for Owl and Hawk

;-)

Actually the fact that you got neither just shows how bad these pics are, so the egg is actually on my face. Mike was being polite when he said 'limited info id'. But as they say, practice makes perfect and clearly I need lotsa practice.

noflickster said...

OK, take two: what I meant to say was:
1. Great Horned Owl
2. Sharpie

I hear you about pictures - I'm on the long, slow learning curve to understanding photography, and the longer, slower financial curve to get the right equipment!
- Mike

mon@rch said...

LOL, fast or slow cameras . . . we all have days like this! To be honest . . . I love shots like this!

Owlman said...

You got the hawk - it's a little sharpie that sat on my gazebo on the deck checking out the world. The owl is a lot tougher and personally my guess would have gone to the Barred owl too. So it's not a Barred or a GHO and more takers? In all honesty what amazed me about this picture is how similar the bigger owls look in flight, which must make identifying owl feathers a nightmare. I’m not a feather expert so maybe someone can tell me.

Mike, I hear you. Bird photography is tough at the best of times although I’m sure that having a nice ‘bird’ lens must help. I’ve managed to get a few decent pics and at least now I can blame the bad ones on my lens, camera, tripod……

A Portland Backyard said...

I feel your pain. I too, have been trying my hand at birds in flight. I get a good one every once in a while but, I just have to say, thank God for digital cameras! I would go broke processing all of these photos in a lab. Great blog and thank you for stopping by ours!

Pixel-Pixie said...

Don't I know how you feel?! I have plenty of photos like this too.... ;)

Thanks for sharing -

Tanya (in Kenya)

noflickster said...

OK, now that I've opened a field guide and looked at some (hopefully) distinguishing features, let's try again:

Top: Long-eared Owl (based on barring on flight feathers and the tail)
Bottom: Cooper's. No, I'm kidding, I'm sticking with Sharpie . . .
:-)

One thing I haven't said: regardless of the ID, you must have had really nice views of both!

Cheers,
Mike

Owlman said...

Bingo Mike. Yeah, the photos don't do the birds justice. Both of them were real close to me and actually the owl shot was a pure reflex click of the button and it's kinda a nice shot in its own special way.

Elaine said...

The top photo is really interesting, but I love the photo of the tail! The glimpse of the top of the wing shows some intriguing barring. I'm going to suggest the top photo is a Short-eared Owl. The bottom photo is a Sharp-shinned Hawk. I think it hints of a Gray Hawk as well, but since I don't know where you caught it, I figure most likely it was in NJ.
But I'm new at identifying owls and hawks, though. The only owl I've ever seen in the wild was a Short-eared Owl at the Forsythe drive-around in Port Republic (NJ). :)

Fondea said...

Keep up the good work.