Quail of a time

On my way home from a doctor visit this morning and decided to make a quick bird check detour.  These were taken a few blocks off Ahtaneum Road.  The last two pictures aren’t quail, but they were in the same neighborhood.  The quail is actually in the first picture, sure glad they make zoom cameras.  I don’t normally find them on top of bushes or sage brush.  He posed very patiently.

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A quail in the distance
A quail in the distance
A bit closer
A bit closer

 

 

Thought I saw a bird here

Thought I saw a bird here

Not a quail, but cool. bird anyway
Not a quail, but cool. bird anyway

Barn Swallow

On my way to the doctor’s office this morning and stopped off at the park for a quick look at birds.  This little Barn Swallow obliged me my posing for a few minutes.  No big deal, just the first pictures I have taken of a Barn Swallow.  I never see them unless they are going 90 Miles an hour.  They are actually a pretty cute bird.,

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Bob and Sally’s Most Excellent Adventure

 

Hey Sally Let's take a road trip..
Hey Sally Let’s take a road trip..
Sally:  Hey Bob how far is it? Bob:  Just up the hill, I go there all the time.
Sally: Hey Bob how far is it?
Bob: Just up the hill, I go there all the time.
Sally:  Slow down Bob, my feathers got mussed. Bob"  "Come on, get a move on"
Sally: Slow down Bob, my feathers got mussed.
Bob” “Come on, get a move on”
Sally:  Hey Bob, where's the water, I'm thirsty, and this place looks dangerous. Bob:  Relax, it's just a few feet further.
Sally: Hey Bob, where’s the water, I’m thirsty, and this place looks dangerous.
Bob: Relax, it’s just a few feet further.
Sally"  What is it Bob?  Did you find something?  I'm scared, wanna go home. Bob:  Relax, we're almost there.
Sally” What is it Bob? Did you find something? I’m scared, wanna go home.
Bob: Relax, we’re almost there.
Sally"  "Bob, don't you dare leave me up here all alone."  I am thirsty and I want to go home!!! Bob:  "Don't get yur feathers in a bunch, I'm coming."
Sally” “Bob, don’t you dare leave me up here all alone.” I am thirsty and I want to go home!!!
Bob: “Don’t get yur feathers in a bunch, I’m coming.”
Sally:  Bob, my feet hurt, I wanna go home.  Bob"  "Just a minute Sally, let me get my bearings will you."
Sally: Bob, my feet hurt, I wanna go home.
Bob” “Just a minute Sally, let me get my bearings will you.”
Bob:  "Sally, I hate to say it, but I think I am lost." Sally:  "Bob, you are such a bird brain, follow me."
Bob: “Sally, I hate to say it, but I think I am lost.”
Sally: “Bob, you are such a bird brain, follow me.”
Sally:  See Bob, I told you so.  Look Ahead.  There's a couple of our bird buddies over there."
Sally: See Bob, I told you so. Look Ahead. There’s a couple of our bird buddies over there.”

 

Cool clear water, home at last.  No more adventures today.
Cool clear water, home at last. No more adventures today.
They see their friends on the lakes edge.
They see their friends on the lakes edge.

Poppoff Trail

Kind of an unusual days for birds at Poppoff, lots of little geese, a rabbit, and lots of racket.  Quite a bit of activity, birds chirping everywhere you turned, hard to get focused on a particular bird.  Her are a few pictures taken today at Poppoff or on the way there.  There were two geese families, the goslings looked two week old in one set and about two days old in the other.  More pictures later.

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A Day Trip at Costco Pond

A fun morning at Costco Pond, a duck with ten little chicks going for a day trip.

This looks pretty easy… I think I can do it.bd10

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Killdeer chicks

These pictures were taken on May 7th near Costco Pond in Union Gap.  Although I saw 4 that looked to be from the same hatch, I could not get them to sit still long enough for a group photo.  Just guessing, but I don’t think they are over 3 or 4 days old.

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Hummingbirds

The hummingbirds are back in Yakima this spring.  After a day of trying to photograph them, I think I have discovered why I like taking pictures of  hawks and eagles, they sit still once in a while.  Hummingbirds are easier to hear than they are to see.  If I want to see their wings, I will need a faster shutter speed.  It seems that out of every 50 photographs or so, you can actually see a bird in one.

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