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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Common Birds

January 30th, 2012 · No Comments

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Colorado was unseasonably warm this January. All the more reason to get out and enjoy nature.

On Saturday I went out on the plains one hour east of Boulder to the Wild Animal Sanctuary and shot the typical tourist photos of lions, tigers, and bears (literally). But my best — closest — shots were of common birds. I was amazed that thousands of European Starling were hanging around, most likely to grab some of the meat the large animals got at too slowly.

A Common Grackle is Quite Colorful When It is Close Enough

A European Starling is Quite Colorful When It is Close Enough

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A Few Sparrow Were at the Wild Animal Sanctuary

A Few Sparrows Were at the Wild Animal Sanctuary

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On Sunday, I went looking for raptors around Lagerman Reservoir, a few miles north of Boulder. I found a Bald Eagle on the same post where I had seen it on Wednesday and got some decent shots, but nothing like I had captured in Alaska. I also saw a hawk, which was soaring too high for precise identification. But the reservoir had quite a few gulls that would often fly up close to me. Here’s one that flew by:

A Ring-billed Gull

A Ring-billed Gull

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