Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge 6-4-2016

My son, Patrick and I went to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge near Brigham City, Utah. On Friday, I had to see my heart doctor in Murray Utah and my dying cousin, and my son, a vet and a herb expert, had a four hour walking tour on Saturday at the University of Utah Red Butte Garden teaching folks about medicinal plants. We visited the refuge in the afternoon.

I have been going there for 70 years. I use to hitchhike with my friend the 80 miles to Brigham City and then hike the 14 miles to the refuge. After walking the few miles around the dike, we walked back to the highway and hitched a ride home. It made a long day.

Things have changed at the refuge. The Great Salt Lake flooded the refuge in 1983, the refuge was devastated, inundating the wetlands with salt water and decimated the structures of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. When the levels of the lake finally receded in 1989 the roads, dikes and water control systems all had to be rebuilt.

What We Saw at the Refuge

Grebes: Clark’s and Western and Pied-billed

The Clark’s grebe were very  numerous. The Western but few.

Pelicans and Cormorants: White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant.

Both very numerous.

Herons, etc.: Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, White-faced Glossy Ibis

Swans, Geese & Ducks: Canada Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Cinnamon Teal (abundant)

Hawks, etc.: Marsh Hawk (N. Harrier)

Rails and Cranes: American Coot

Plovers, etc.: Killdeer, Black-necked Stilt, Am. Avocet,

Gulls: California (didn’t bother looking for Franklin or Ring-billed but probably present.

Doves: Mourning Dove (Where I live in Idaho, the Eurasian Collared Dove had almost completely replaced this species.)

Jays and Crows: Black-billed Magpie

Swallows: Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow

Starling: European Starling (currently eating my cherries here in Idaho.)

Blackbirds, etc.: Red-winged, Yellow-headed, Meadowlark, Brewers Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird

Some of My Pics:

I used my Lumix Camera which has a magnification of 60X. P1010336

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Red Butte Garden
My son lecturing at Red Butte Garden on medicinal herbs.
My son lecturing at Red Butte Garden on medicinal herbs.
Clark's Grebe. On the Western Grebe, the black goes under the eye line.
Clark’s Grebe. On the Western Grebe, the black goes under the eye line.

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Some of My Son’s Pics

My son used my Canon T-5 with a 300mm lens and a 2X Extender. He used it on manual focus to keep the camera from focusing on the reeds, a problem I had with the Lumix (I need to read the instruction book, I guess.)

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I think this is a juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron. What do you think?

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Canon Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-Ss 18-55mm IS II & 75-300mm Zoom Lens

My oldest son bought me this camera. Since I am a birder,  I prefer the 75-300 mm lens. However, I prefer a 600 mm lens. Therefore I purchased a Digital Concepts AF 2X lens extender. This extender works with autofocus, but for most of my shots, some through brush, I usually use it in manual mode.

The following shots were taken at 2-300 meters. They are not enlarged in any way. There is also no photo processing.

First, let’s compare with my Lumix 60X Camera.

Bald Eagle which I photographed near my home. 60X Lumix Camera
Bald Eagle which I photographed near my home. 60X Lumix Camera

Now the Canon

Canon Camera 300mm with 2x extender. Bald Eagle near my home.
Canon Camera 300mm with 2x extender. Bald Eagle near my home.
Canon with 300 mm lens and 2x extender. Same Bald Eagle
Canon with 300 mm lens and 2x extender. Same Bald Eagle

Now Some Cropping

Cropped image of Bald Eagle Canon 300mm lens with 2X extender.
Cropped image of Bald Eagle Canon 300mm lens with 2X extender. You can see that it’s getting closer to the Lumix 60X image.
Further cropping of image Canon with 300 lens and 2X Extender
Further cropping of image Canon with 300 lens and 2X Extender This was taken with manual focus.

You can see why professional bird photographers carry a auxiliary camera like the Lumix for high magnification shots with a single click. But I’m satisfied with my Canon. I just have to learn how to use it more proficiently.

John

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Trumpeters on Snake River by my home. Lumix 60x
Trumpeters on Snake River by my home. Lumix 60x

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Double Crested Cormorant which I photographed on the Snake River down the road from my home.
Double Crested Cormorant which I photographed on the Snake River down the road from my home.

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John

John T. Jones, Ph.D. Buhl, ID

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