My photo walk Saturday was focused primarily on big birds, images of which I will share here soon. However, some little ones also garnered some attention. Among them, a spotted towhee, a bird I had never seen in person before and best of all, I managed a capture of it with a meal. Others were a common grackle all fluffed up, a killdeer along the river’s edge and a kingfisher.
As I have said many times, I don’t normally take pictures of “little birds,” what I call almost any non-raptor bird. However, when the opportunity presents itself, I will snap an image of one every now and then.
There are so many smaller birds, I have a heck of a time identifying them and usually rely on friends to help me out. One friend calls these little ones he can’t identify, “LBBs” – Little Brown Birds. That keeps it simple and is oftentimes descriptive. 😉
Here is a look at some of the non-raptor birds that I have photographed in recent weeks.
These cool birds with the spiked ‘hair’ have always been a bit of a ‘white whale’ for me. They are notoriously skittish, always shying away from the camera, and I just have never had any luck getting pics of them. Out for a walk at Barr Lake State Park, Colorado yesterday as a snowstorm was winding down, I finally found one that was willing to let me get a couple of captures. She didn’t sit still for long and the lighting wasn’t very good but I am glad to have gotten what I did.