Morro Coast Bird Festival – part 5

February 23, 2019 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Western bluebird male

The Morro Coast Bird Festival in January 2019 featured a variety of trips, many of them centered around the water. However, some of the best birds were songbirds.

Western Bluebird Male

I carry around a very heavy Nikon D750 with a Nikon 200-500mm lens. This is the sharpest lens I’ve ever owned, and combined with a good camera sensor allows me to crop a small portion of the image and still come up with a relatively sharp and minimally pixelated image.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

We found many great birds at one of my favorite birding spots – the Morro Bay Marina. I’ve been trying to get a good photo of the chestnut-backed chickadee, and one finally cooperated.

Tropical Kingbird

Another life bird was the tropical kingbird, which I thought at first was the more common western kingbird. Apparently our winter kingbirds need to be studied carefully! I also encountered a Cassin’s kingbird at Laguna Lake in Atascadero the previous week.

Dark-eyed Oregon Junco

I have never been a fan of ornithologists reclassifying the various juncos as “dark-eyed” with their varieties as an additional descriptor. It’s still the Oregon junco to me.

Oregon Junco
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned kinglets are a little hard to catch in a good pose because they are such busy little birds, flitting around for insects.

Song Sparrow
Rock Pigeon

A lot of people aren’t fond of pigeons, but I think they’re rather handsome birds.

Morro Bay Marina walking trail

Stay tuned for Part 6!

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1 Comment

  1. Jet Eliot said,

    I thoroughly enjoyed the songbirds at Morro Bay, Cindy. Your portraits are pleasing, capturing the beauty and classic pose of each species, such clarity too. The kinglet photo is almost a miracle, given their nature to never stop; the western bluebird with the caterpillar is stunning; and the chickadee on the cedar swag is perfection. I, too, think rock pigeons are handsome, and this photo proves it. I’m heading off to see previous parts to this series. Thanks so much.

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