My family and I return regularly to Bozeman and other parts of Montana for mountain getaways. I figured I might as well start collecting birds from that area, too. Some of this set were shot with a Tamron 150-600mm supertele, and more recently with a Canon 100-400 L ISii. I did some learning on the fly, so to speak, and had some success after a little early fumbling. It turns out that tracking a bird on the wing at 600mm is a bit like looking through a drinking straw. As the 600 is very heavy, I didn't carry it on all outings. Some photos were shot with the Canon 70-200 f/4 L.
Bald Eagle (juvenile)
Dark-eyed Junco (juvenile)
Eurasian Collared Dove
Great Horned Owl
Red-tailed Hawk (adult & juvenile)
Rock Dove (Pigeon)
White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)
I've decided to start a formal collection of Minnesota's birds. Here are some of the best shots I have for any species I've captured, most of them since May 2016. Some aren't very good at all, but that sets a goal for me... improve for that species. See just my best shots of Minnesota's birds.
The majority of these shots were made with a Canon 7D (original or Mark II) and the first or second gen Tamron 150-600mm, and the rest were with Canon's 70-200 f/4L. The Tamron isn't as fast or sharp as the 200, but sure helps me reach the birds when they're small or far off.
Bird identification can be a challenge, since individuals can vary and I'm new to the game. If you have corrections, please let me know. Scientific names are linked for more information.
See a timeline of sightings for selected species by clicking the icons. See the Exif data for images in the popup view by clicking the icon.
American Redstart (Warbler)
Read more: Birds of Central Minnesota