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A Mid-winter Visit to Arizona
January-February, 2016

It had been a few years since I took a trip out of Ohio in the middle of winter. When I saw an open gap in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's schedule this year at the the end of January and beginning of February this year, I definitely wanted to go somewhere sunny. It was a choice between southern California and Arizona. In the late planning stages of the trip they were getting a lot of rain in California, so Arizona it was. Although winter certainly isn't the best time to see most of the breeding specialties of the state, it can be a fruitful time to visit for the camera in an always enjoyable place to explore.  I took a variety of lenses including wide angles hoping to to do a variety of photography, but when it comes down to it the best light just comes and goes so quickly every morning and afternoon, even in the winter. I ended up concentrating mostly on the birds. Since it will probably take a long time before I get around to processing the photos from this trip, below is a random selection of a couple of dozen birds presented pretty much in the chronological order in which they were taken.


Hooded Merganser (male)
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f10, 1/1250th sec., ISO 500


Hooded Merganser (female)
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/500th sec., ISO 400


Green-winged Teal (male)
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f10, 1/800th sec., ISO 400


Green-winged Teal (female)
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f10, 1/640th sec., ISO 400


Cinnamon Teal (male)
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/640th sec., ISO 400


Neotropic Cormorant
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens
f11, 1/800th sec., ISO 400


Northern Pintail
Canon EOS 1D X, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens
f8, 1/1600th sec., ISO 500


Common Goldeneye
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f10, 1/1600th sec., ISO 400


Gila Woodpecker (female)
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/1250th sec., ISO 400


Curve-billed Thrasher
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/1250th sec., ISO 400


Sandhill Cranes
Canon EOS 1D X, Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS II lens at 330mm
f5.6, 1/320th sec., ISO 1000


Western Bluebird (male)
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f10, 1/1600th sec., ISO 400


Western Bluebird (female)
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/1250th sec., ISO 400


Northern Mockingbird
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/1000th sec., ISO 400


Hermit Thrush
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/800th sec., ISO 400


Loggerhead Shrike
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/2000th sec., ISO 400


Gadwall
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f10, 1/1000th sec., ISO 400


Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/1000th sec., ISO 400


Bridled Titmouse
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/1000th sec., ISO 400


Green-tailed Towhee
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/800th sec., ISO 400


Gila Woodpecker (male)
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/1250th sec., ISO 400


Red-tailed Hawk
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/1250th sec., ISO 400


Abert's Towhee
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f11, 1/1250th sec., ISO 400


Black-necked Stilt
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens
f7.1, 1/3200th sec., ISO 400


Northern Shoveler
Canon EOS 1D MarkIV, Canon 800mm f5.6 L IS lens + 1.4x
f10, 1/1250th sec., ISO 400