Female Grosbeak!

By: sallywoodphotography

Dec 06 2012

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Category: Birds

9 Comments

Aperture:f/11
Focal Length:400mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/320 sec
Camera:NIKON D700

This is a bit of an odd photo,  but this female Grosbeak was really shy and I’m sure trying to hide from me and my camera.  This past summer I was sitting with my camera at the ready, watching the chickadees, finches, tit mice, sparrows, etc, and then I saw this bird sitting very still (caught my eye, as the others are constantly flitting about!)…  Just sitting patiently watching as the other birds took their turn at the sunflower seed station.   I thought she was a sparrow at first, but then kept watching and finally grabbed my binoculars……….  Hmm,, too big for a sparrow or finch and the tell tale signs were the beak and the stripe over the eye!  Wow!…   I had a female grosbeak in my tree!!!  I was able to grab a few shots, before she flew off, and then I felt bad as I know I had deprived her of some of the seed, as she was just too shy to come out into the open for it.    I have seen pairs of Grosbeaks in Minnesota, but this is the first I have seen here.  Hopefully I will be so lucky some time again soon~!

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9 comments on “Female Grosbeak!”

  1. Wonderful shot of this tough to photograph bird!

  2. She is a Beauty! Lucky you to have seen her. She’ll probably be back knowing there is an easy food source there for her during the winter.

  3. Wonderful shot of this little beauty!

  4. Impressive shot. Bird’s eyes are pretty much focued on you or the camera. Really nice.

    • Hi, nice to hear from you.. I am thinking I am really going to enjoy your blog… seeing this bird so close to my house was a rare treat.. seems like the females of the species are so much more thoughtful, and have so much more personality than the males, who just seem to flit about!

  5. Thanks for following our blog, Sally. I like your photo’s and I like birds. I’m always looking out of the window to see all the birdies and prepare myself for dinner… but don’t tell Granny n’or your birds, ok 😉 Nice to meet you too 🙂


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