Wild Birds of Bend, Part Two


posted on 22nd of february, 2009
Since my original post on wild birds of Bend, Oregon, more of my bird photos have been accepted on Dreamstime. For starters, this photo of a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus, actually a member of the Weaver Finch family) is one of many I took in a shopping center parking lot on January 2nd, 2009, in front of (what else) a wild bird supply store.





Other recently accepted bird photos include these shots of Gray Jays (Perisoreus canadensis) begging for food at Swampy Lakes Sno-Park, up Century Drive towards Mount Bachelor, on January 31st, 2009.



Meanwhile down by the river, a family of Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) on the Deschutes River at First...

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Posted by Misscanon on February 27, 2009
Interesting article. I love your Grey Jays shots! I have seen this specie only once... Thanks for having used one of my picture :-) Greetings,
Claudine
Posted by Fultonsphoto on February 22, 2009
Not always easy to photograph, nice images.



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Carrion Birds: Avian Janitors


posted on 23rd of february, 2009
It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it! Carrion birds, like this Common Raven (Corvus corax), might not be the most attractive creatures on God's green Earth, but they serve a valuable function for the environment, and their specialized features allow them to more efficiently perform their task. For instance, the oversized beak of the raven is a powerful tool for ripping flesh from bone, and the featherless head of the vulture helps maintain good hygiene while feeding on carrion.

Likewise, the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) is a smaller version of the raven, with a similarly large beak compared to its body size. Its function as a wilderness sanitation technician is the same.





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Posted by Marilyngould on February 23, 2009
Certainly these creatures did not get handed the most in the "looks" department. However, their function is essential and as they say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Cheers!



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PhoDOGraphy!


posted on 23rd of february, 2009
Dogs make great models, but before submitting any dog photo to Dreamstime, consider obtaining a model release from the owner, particularly if it is pedigreed, and especially if it is a registered champion. I've had at least one dog photo refused for that very reason. In that case, it was a Boston Terrier participating in a Veteran's Day Parade.

On the other hand, rescued shelter dogs such as Jack, the cinnamon-colored cross-breed pictured here, are probably a safe bet for posting without a release. Nevertheless, when in doubt, get a model release. In the event I should need such a specialized form, I've modified the standard Dreamstime model release so that it applies to pets and minors, and includes parental/owner permission.

Since I currently have just one dog photo on...

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Posted by Valleymiss on March 20, 2009
I love dogs...big,little,mutts,pettigreed any of them. These photos are wonderful captures!
Posted by Valleymiss on March 20, 2009
I love dogs...big,little,mutts,pettigreed any of them. These photos are wonderful captures!
Posted by Lj1980s on February 25, 2009
phoDography is a brilliant phrase that I can see entering the language!! lol



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