Feeder birds in the snow (21 February 2013)
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About This Shoot
Date: 21 February 2013
Location: My backyard
Shoot Type: Wildlife
Rating:
Synopsis:
A snowstorm provided a nice backdrop for the feeder birds. I temporarily moved my feeding station to my deck so I could get a better view of the birds during the storm. I photographed some of the birds during the storm, but the main photography was after the storm cleared and the sun came out before sunset. One of the best takes from this shoot was of a pair of Dark-eyed Juncos displaying toward each other, which was a cool behavioral scene.

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21 February 2013

Feeder birds in the snow


Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:23:52 -0600
Interesting Dark-eyed Junco behavior in the snow. 21 February 2013
While out photographing the birds in the backyard last night after our
one-foot snowstorm, I noticed two juncos engaging in what I would guess
describe as "unison calling"... something that is far more common in
cranes. I am not sure exactly if this is a typical courtship/mating
behavior in juncos or not, but it was really interesting to observe and
photograph. I was very pleased to see that my images came out sharp.
It only carried on for about 20 seconds or so before they resumed their
normal foraging and frolicking in the snow. Attached to this post are
the three best frames:

#1

#2

#3
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Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:32:11 -0600
Amazing sundog and sun pillar after the major snowstorm in Dodge City. 21 February 2013
  
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Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:25:19 -0600
A foot of snow north of Dodge City! I temporarily moved my bird feeder setup to the deck for the snowstorm. 21 February 2013
  
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Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:08:54 -0600
Brown-headed Cowbird at my feeding station (temporarily moved to my deck) during the Feb 21 snowstorm
  
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