A few 'desert' birds shots from a recent trip to Palm Desert

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Terry O

Active Member
Thanks to all of the water/golf courses, the Palm Desert/Palm Springs area is an oasis for birds. Here's a few of the better shots I took during the week of February 17th (my 81st) :)

All shots taken with the Canon 5Diii and 400 mm f5.6L - mostly 1/1250s and low ISOs, thank to the light!! All hand held.
(best resolution if you click on the image).

A Black-crowned Night Heron - often they hang out at a local Palm Desert Park with lots of attractive ponds

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And a Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron in the same area

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To my amazement I captured a couple of shots of a female Kestrel perched near the top of a very tall palm tree - looks like it might be a nest

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And a new bird for me, but common in the desert - a Verdin (thanks to Cornell Ornithology app for the ID)

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Really nice series, Terry! I'd love to get a black-crowned night heron someday... such cool looking birds!

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