The Benefits of Near-Blizzard Conditions
Yuck! That is the best word I can think of to describe the conditions outside right now. Many inches of snow (8″-10″) and continuous high winds make it just not nice outside.
Ugly weather or not, earlier in the day I did shoot some pictures of wild birds. Due to the weather conditions, all species were more willing than normal to sit tight when I pointed my Nikon at them. I will begin with the most unexpected sighting – a small covey of gray partridges. First I saw one bird running for cover and then when I looked in a protected area I saw the rest of the bird’s family/friends.
Gray Partridges in Snow:
This adult bald eagle was soaring in the area of a fresh killed animal of some sort. It may have been a raccoon sliced thin and tossed in the ditch by a snow plow. The underside of this bird was dark due to the brighter background.
At home I had the typical backyard birds.
Pine Siskin in Snow:
Male Northern Cardinal in Snow:
Female Northern Cardinal: