The Visitor Center prints are put in a set of 5

Just in case a few of them sell, I wanted to have some extras. I got to The Icon, my printer, just as Luis Diaz was separating these images out into piles. Lucky I could get some shots of the process. IMG_2224icon_visitor_center_prints_pickup_allens_female_23 IMG_2237icon_visitor_center_prints_pickup_allens_17 IMG_2240icon_visitor_center_prints_pickup_allens_16 IMG_2246icon_visitor_center_prints_pickup_allens_14 IMG_2248icon_visitor_center_prints_pickup_hooded_oriole_13 IMG_2272icon_visitor_center_prints_pickup_scrub_jay_5_california_quail_6 IMG_2274icon_visitor_center_prints_pickup_scrub_jay_5 IMG_2276icon_visitor_center_prints_pickup_scrub_jay_4_scrub_jay_5 IMG_2279icon_visitor_center_prints_pickup_scrub_jay_4 IMG_2282icon_visitor_center_prints_pickup_house_finch_3

Red-breasted Nuthatch flies off in a blur; see lower right

I usually don’t post blurry photos, but this extremely rare appearance of the Red-breasted Nuthatch this afternoon 10/2/15 qualifies as a necessary ID shot.IMG_2342bayliss_red_breasted_nuthatch_orchid_tree_e_raw_crop

Hooded Oriole long shots flying off feeder

In the first shot, note the Allen’s Hummingbird at upper right waiting his turn at the feeder, which is a neat one; then the oriole finishes and flies off. I popped up the shutter speed to catch the action. IMG_7618bayliss_hooded_oriole_fest_drinking_allens_hummmingbird_e_raw_crop_noise11 IMG_7619bayliss_hooded_oriole_fest_flying_off_e_raw IMG_7620bayliss_hooded_oriole_fest_flying_off_e_raw

The Hooded Oriole in the garden

Sometimes it’s good to throw a long shot in there to show the environment.IMG_7563bayliss_hooded_oriole_fest_e_raw_crop

Depth of field with the oriole

In the first one, it’s at f/5.6 and the background is more blurry; the second one is at f/8 and the background is more distinct but still nice and blurry. The goal is to get as much of the bird’s body in focus as possible while still keeping the background blurry. The lower part of the bird starts to get blurry at 5.6 and it is clearer at 8. It’s a tradeoff. Which do you like better, or does it matter?IMG_7559bayliss_hooded_oriole_fest_e_raw_crop IMG_7561bayliss_hooded_oriole_fest_e_raw_crop

Hooded Oriole enjoys his feeder

Now this is the right feeder for the oriole. IMG_6912bayliss_hooded_oriole_fest_tongue_e_raw_crop IMG_6923bayliss_hooded_oriole_fest_e_raw_crop IMG_6931bayliss_hooded_oriole_fest_e_raw_crop

Hooded Oriole at hummingbird feeder

He arrives, trie to figure out what to do, looks at me, then flies off. He needs his oriole feeder. IMG_6901bayliss_hooded_oriole_hummingbird_feeder_e_raw IMG_6902bayliss_hooded_oriole_hummingbird_feeder_e_raw IMG_6903bayliss_hooded_oriole_hummingbird_feeder_e_raw IMG_6904bayliss_hooded_oriole_hummingbird_feeder_flying_off_e_raw

Hooded Oriole at birdbath series

This bird really works hard to keep clean. IMG_6879bayliss_hooded_oriole_birdbath_e_raw IMG_6880bayliss_hooded_oriole_birdbath_e_raw IMG_6882bayliss_hooded_oriole_birdbath_e_raw IMG_6884bayliss_hooded_oriole_birdbath_e_raw IMG_6887bayliss_hooded_oriole_birdbath_e_raw IMG_6888bayliss_hooded_oriole_birdbath_e_raw

Hooded Oriole and hummingbird feeder

Quite a rarity here and glad to get it. See the bird on the pole, then on the feeder. IMG_6857baayliss_hooded_oriole_juvenile_female_hummingbird_feeder_pole_e_raw_crop IMG_6859bayliss_hooded_oriole_juvenile_female_hummingbird_feeder_e_raw_crop