Winner: Ruby-crowned Kinglet by Janet Busi. Taken at Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, NV. 12-24-20
Camera: Nikon D7200 with Tamron 150-600 lens. Specifications: 1/1000 sec. F6.3 ISO 360.
Honorable mention: Wood Duck by Connie Krause. Taken at Idlewild park in Reno,NV. 12-20-20. Camera: Nikon D7500 with a Nikon 150-300 telephoto lens.
This month’s bird of the month is the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Bald eagles are raptors. They are one of North America’s larger birds with a wingspan of over 6.5 feet! Bald eagles eat dead fish and other forms of carrion. Bald Eagles were previously an endangered species, however after the enacting of the Endangered Species Act and the global ban of the DDT pesticide, eagle numbers have improved dramatically.
Bald eagles are famous for being the emblem of the United States, and coincidentally they live or migrate through all US states except Hawaii. Why are we not featuring the bald eagle in July for Independence day? During this month eagles are often found in our area of Nevada circling overhead following cattle.
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Winner: Bonaparte's Gull by Jeff Bleam.
Taken at Little Washoe Lake, NV with a Nikon D850, specs: 500mm/f4 with 1.4 TC (700 mm eqv), 1/1250 s, f/5.6, ISO400
Honorable mention: Northern Mockingbird by Rick Mosher.
Taken in Fernley, Nevada. Nikon D500 with a Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 lens and 1.4x converter.
Honorable mention: Steller's Jay by Jen Sojka.
Honorable mention: Black Magpie and American Kestrel by Tim Ng.
Taken in Fallon, NV.
Honorable mention: Rock Wren by Olivia Sembach. Taken in Spanish Springs public lands.
Honorable mention: Pinyon Jays by Janet Busi.
Taken in Lemmon Valley, Reno, NV. Camera: Nikon D500 Lens: Tamron 150-600 EXIF: 1/1000 sec. f6.3. ISO 220
Winner: Snowy Egret by Rick Mosher.
Honorable mention: Fields of Geese by Parker Flickinger.
Taken in Olmstead Park in Boston, MA on a Canon Powershot G12.
Winner American Avocet reflection by Rick Mosher.
Honorable mention: Great Egret by Rick Mosher.
Honorable mention: White Pelican Constellation by Jennifer Silveira.
Taken in the Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, CA on a Samsung Galaxy phone.