CBWC: Local & Exotic Birds

I would love to travel all over and take photos of birds in the wild. For now, I go outside and take photos of local birds, or I visit my favorite–the San Diego Zoo–to capture exotic birds. I have included a few birds here, both in color and also in black and white, for Cee’s Black and White Challenge (CBWC): Birds. (The bird at the top of the post is a Spotted Laughing Thrush at the San Diego Zoo, normally located in India and China.)

Great Blue Turaco at San Diego Zoo, normally found in Africa.

Black-naped Fruit-dove at San Diego Zoo, normally found in Philippines and Borneo.

California Brown Pelican perched on top of building on Huntington Beach Pier.

Curious flamingo at San Diego Zoo.

Red-tailed hawk waiting his turn for a bath at my waterfall (or, he saw food in the yard??); captured with 300mm lens.

I love attempting the black-and-white photo editing, especially with my favorite birds. They have so many details to them. This last photo is of a hawk that has been waking me up early every day, screeching and squawking around the pine trees by my house. He landed on my fence while I was inside, drinking coffee. I tried to run and grab my Nikon, quickly snapped a photo through the sliding glass door, but then he flew off before I could get outside for a clearer shot. Unfortunately, the light was shining through my stained-glass front door all the way to the back of the house and causing a terrible reflection on the sliding glass door. I tried to edit this photo the best that I could with that glare. I saw another hawk nearby making similar noises, so either there’s a bunch of adolescent hawks calling for their mommy, or it is mating season. Either way, it is fun to watch the birds and try to photograph them!

Published by Dawn Palmer

I am an avid nature and ecology lover and enjoy sharing my photography in my blog writings. I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening with my camera, trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

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