Photography by J.D. Magers

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POD: Great Sand Dunes National Park, USA

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Great Sand Dunes National Park, near Alamosa, Colorado, is one pretty impressive place.  Eons of natural and geologic forces have conspired to dump trillions of tons of sand at the foot of the San Juan Mountains.  Definitely worth a visit.  Learn more at the Sand Dunes Website.

There are two things I absolutely love about this photograph.  The first is the person in the middle of the frame, who you can just barely see.  This helps show how large these dune fields are.  The second is that perfectly ovular hole in the clouds.  That's not editing.  That was there!  

Hope you enjoy the photo.

Location and Date: Great Sand Dunes National Park.  Near Alamosa, Colorado, USA.  05 June 2010

Tech Specs: 1/60s @ f/11.0, ISO 100.  (3 image panorama)

Camera & Lens: Canon D350; Canon 18.0 - 55.0mm Stock lens

POD: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

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Rocky Mountain National Park was always my home base.  And yet I still have so much more of it to explore.  Long's Peak sits in the background in this view of Moraine Park, near Bear Lake Road.

Location and Date: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado; 23 August 2008

Tech Specs: 1/80s @ f/5.6.  ISO 100.  21 mm

Camera & Lens: Canon D350.  Canon 18-55mm

POD: Brighton, Colorado, USA

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Barr Lake State Park in Brighton, Colorado was one of my favorite places to enjoy an afternoon.  There was great birding there, a nice wide trail, and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.  This particular sunset was especially vivid.  Quite beautiful.

Location and Date: Barr Lake State Park, Brighton, Colorado, USA.  03 Jan 2014

Tech Specs: 1/80s @ f/8.0.  ISO 640.  190mm

Camera & Lens: Canon 5D Mark III.  Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Western Grebe

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As promised, here is the other new (to me anyway) bird species I was lucky enough to photograph last Friday at Barr Lake State Park.  This is a Western Grebe:

This guy was maybe fifteen feet from the shore.  He almost caught me off guard, but I was able to duck down and watch for a couple of minutes.  He would dive below the water and then come up maybe 10 or so seconds later.  Looking for fish no doubt.  A much more experienced birder than I happened to walk by as I was watching two similar birds.  I asked him what I was looking at, and he told me the name.  He also mentioned there have been reports of Clark's Grebes also roosting at Barr Lake.  

When I got home, I looked up these two birds on my ID app.  They are very similar species.  See how the black bank goes beneath the eye here on the Western?  Yeah, it goes above the eye on the Clark's.  Otherwise, they look exactly the same.  I'm going to have to remember that...

House Wren

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Last Friday was my Birthday.  I took the day off.  I needed it.  A few hours of me time is a must have.  What better way to spend the day then to go to Barr Lake and do a little birding.  I didn't have any preconceived notions of what I wanted, instead just wanting to mosey in whatever direction my feet took me, and taking my time.  I was in no hurry, not needing to come home to run errands or go to the store to get something for lunch.  

Anyway, I was hoping to have great light in order for me to practice my bird ID skills.  I didn't get it, as Friday morning was very overcast. Everything I saw through the binoculars, and everything I shot with my camera was gray.  Like more than 18% gray.  I kept walking though, hoping the sun would manage to burn through the clouds.  As you can see, sometime patience and perseverance pays off.  I had seen three (previously unknown to me) birds flying around a next near the beginning of the trail.  I got some decent images of them, but I'm going to need to lighten all of them.  A little later, I happened to spot this guy not ten feet in front of me.  I got one shot off before he flew away.  Lucky indeed.  Then it took me a day and a half of trying to figure out what he was.  You can tell, there aren't many identifying features on these birds.  I finally found an image on my ID app that sort of made me think this is a House Wren, which is very common in Colorado.  My ID was confirmed by a fellow birder in the Front Range Wildlife Photographer's group on Facebook.

House Wren, Barr Lake State Park, Adams County, Colorado.

Overall, I managed to identify and report to ebird.org 17 different bird species.  This isn't bad, considering I am still very much a beginner.  I even got another up close image a little later on.  It was a new species to me as well.  I'll post that image on Wednesday.  Until then, Happy BIrding.