This was the first Shrike I've seen in Utah. Found this one perched on a frosted branch near the western edge of Utah Lake this morning. Temps were in the single digits and every plant was covered in a white frost.
Very nice shot, great color, nice catch light in the eye. I would be out doing this buts minus 20c with the wind chill unfortunately and I just cannot manage all the ice, cold and my glasses fogging up!
It's been so cold here on days when I was out shooting that my eyes watered so bad I couldn't see thru the viewfinder of the camera. Actually had one of my eyelids start to freeze shut on the way back to my car one morning. Never had an issue with any of my gear though despite those nasty temperatures. Kudos to Nikon...
I cannot resist asking. I get all kinds of advice about cameras in the cold, double bag them, silica gel, and from Nikon rep at a function here do nothing your cameras can survive the arctic (even the d7000). With all this conflicting advice, I have been double bagging my gear. What's your routine?
I've always just carried the camera into the weather and shot. If it gets a little wet I have a towel in the car to dry it and of course all my lens cleaning equipment, a blower to get dust off of the sensor etc. I've never subjected any of my cameras to extreme's but I've had them out in below zero temps and never had a problem.
I've loved chasing these birds over the past 2 winters, but haven't run into one yet this year. When these take off, they usually don't just move to the next tree, but fly off a couple of hundred yards with me in hot pursuit, only to have them fly off another 200 yards when I get close!t I ight try cropping off a little more of the top and LH side, but love the white on white and what you've presented here.
I've only gotten close to 2 of these birds in the past couple years..one in California and this one. I've had the same experience...they don't let you get near them...And yup..they don't just move down the fence line a short distance like Hawks do.. they put some distance between themselves and anything they percieve as a threat...
Fri 08-Feb-13 12:09 AM | edited Fri 08-Feb-13 12:11 AM by psf914
Really enjoyed finding this little guy waiting for me along the lakeshore. First one in Utah and only the second I've seen out west.. Wish I could have gotten a bit closer but these are very timid birds. You get a couple shots if you're lucky then they take off and that's it...They don't give you a second shot.