These colorful birds are one of the easiest to find out in the wild. A very loud bird who is not afraid of humans. They travel in small groups, constantly talking to one another. The California Scrub-jay is slightly different than the Western Scrub-jay, and is usually separated by the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Photo taken on February 7th, 2019 at Putah Creek in Davis, California. Full HQ gallery can be found HERE. Video of the day can be found HERE.
Canon 5D mark IV with Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. 600mm, f/8, 1/800s, ISO-800, +1 EXP.
While walking through the UC-Davis arboretum I saw many beautiful trees, shrubs, bushes, and plants. The landscaping was immaculate and flowed around the creek. The water was so still it was like a mirror. I wanted to show a different perspective, a tree growing “down” from top to bottom, with this reflected photo.
Photo taken on January 3rd, 2019 at the UC-Davis Arboretum in Davis, California. Full gallery of that day can be found HERE.
Canon 5D mark IV with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM. 70mm, f/2.8, 1/50s, ISO-400.
This Western Bluebird was posing for me on that branch when it suddenly jumped down and flew away. I barely caught this striking bird as it took off. One of my favorites from that day. Links to the gallery and video below.
Photo taken on February 7th, 2019 at Putah Creek in Davis, California. Full HQ gallery can be found HERE. Video of this trip can be found HERE.
Canon 5D mark IV with Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. 600mm, f/8, 1/2500s, ISO-3200.
After taking the photo of the silhouetted tree, I was watching these hawks fly back and forth over the parking lot. It was far too dark to get a proper exposure of them, so I tried to capture a silhouette with the sunrise color behind them. It turned out very well! One of my favorites from this day.
Photo was taken February 7th, 2019 at the Putah Creek in Davis, California. Gallery can be found HERE in higher quality.
Canon 5D mark IV, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. 600mm, f/8, 1/1600s, ISO-6400.
Wood ducks have always been very interesting for me. They almost don’t even look real with their sharp coloring and feathers. They are also very interesting in that they do like to go up into trees as well. This was the first time I was able to photograph one high up in the woods before.
Photos taken on February 7th, 2019 at Putah Creek near Davis, California. Canon 5D mark IV, Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. 1st: 600mm, f/6.3, 1/1000s, ISO-6400. 2nd: 600mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO-1600. Click them for full screen.
This was the first photo I took on that morning. The sunrise was so cool, but I had no vantage point or way to see more. This tree was silhouetted so nicely I had to take a photo. The colors and contrast really made it shine.