Back to Antelope Island

October 7, 2018

I made it to Antelope Island just as the sun was starting to rise. I then spent three hours driving and birding around the island. It was a gorgeous, cool, and cloudy day. There weren’t a lot of birds out what with the storm passing through the night before. I tried changing lenses more frequently based on what I was going to shoot. I kept the rodeo lens (Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS) on the camera as a default since it is one I can get into action quickly and it has such a nice amount of zoom. I changed out for the big lens (FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS) for the owls and far away birds such as the shovelers & avocets. Finally I used the smaller lens (Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS) for scenery and wider shots. Maybe, just maybe, I might get this figured out. I certainly got a lot of practice switching lenses though I am still very slow at it.

Scores of Northern shovelers
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Lots of American avocets _JLS1730

A lone Great horned owl
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My favorite Burrowing owl picture _JLS1773b

Takeoff
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These two flying owl photos were accidental. I was shooting the still owl and just had my finger down on the shutter release.  I stopped taking photos and then noticed the movement of him flying away. I didn’t realize I had captured him on the wing till I got back to my computer.

Flying out of frame _JLS1810

I see you
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One of the many ravens flying and swooping around the island _JLS1880

A lovely, cloudy morning
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Porcupine quills _JLS1923b

Fences
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Bison _JLS1962

Along with the birds in the photos there were Tree and Barn swallows, many Ring billed gulls, several Western meadowlarks and Horned larks, and one lonely Willet.

— Jenny

 


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