birds

If you’re a resident of Arizona and you like wildlife parks, I highly recommend a trip out to Williams for a drive through Bearizona. At Bearizona, you can drive through and see bison, black bears, big horn sheep, and wolves right outside your car window. Further into the park, you can see other woodland creatures such as raccoons, bobcats, and smaller bears. They also have a show for the high country raptors including this beautiful owl that flew inches above my head.

European Eagle Owl - High Country Raptors - Bearizona

Camera: Nikon D90 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Emu Sees You

by Kristi Hines

Some stars are born ready for their closeup. This bird was definitely one of them – she gave me a little time to get a great face forward shot before wandering away.

Emu Closeup

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Taking a Breather

by Kristi Hines

On my way out of the office the other evening, I got the opportunity to watch two hummingbirds at play, chasing each other back and forth between trees and bushes. It seemed like they had designated “time outs” that they would take in this one tree. Here’s one of the little guys, catching his or her breath before the next super sonic chase. Reminds me of the first time I saw hummingbirds growing up right outside my office.

Hummingbird

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Greeting a New Week

by Kristi Hines

Last week was a bit of a whirlwind, but ended on the high notes of an awesome photowalk (pictures starting tomorrow) and a (hopefully) fully recovered kitty. So this week I am greeting with open wings in hopes that everything will stay on a positive note with no drama or cat-tastrophes! :)

Flamingo

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 55-200mm Nikkor Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Bird on a Rock

by Kristi Hines

If there is one thing that I am never good with, it’s titles. I’m sure it’s because I’m one of those literal people, or because I do some SEO and have the mindset of keywords over creativity. Either way, after a super stressful evening that resulted in me having to leave my cat Zoe at the vet overnight because of a high fever, this was the most interesting title I could think of for this photo. Any alternative title suggestions are welcome!

Bird on a Rock

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 18-270mm Tamron Lens
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust

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Black Bird at the Pinnacles

by Kristi Hines

There were several large black birds scattered throughout the hike from Cape Woolamai beach to the Pinnacles where my husband did some shots at sunset. While he was finding his best landscape shot angles, I went a little further down the trail to spot some wallabies and other wildlife.

Black Bird at the Pinnacles Cape Woolamai Australia

Camera: Nikon D3000 with 28-300mm Nikkor Lens
Details: Shot at 180mm, 1/500s – F/5.6, ISO 800
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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You can find beauty everywhere, even on your way to work. One lucky morning, I stumbled upon a hummingbird’s nest in the trees right outside my office doors. I got to watch the journey from when these birds were only eggs in the nest to the day that they flew off to start building nests of their own. A truly wonderful bird-watching experience that happened in an otherwise mundane place.

Baby Hummingbirds

Camera: Fuji FinePix S5100 (retired)
Details: Shot at 5.7mm, 1/150s – F2.8, ISO 100
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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