Three guesses as to who got a new camera?

Yep, yep, yep.
And what a good deal I got. I now have a Canon PowerShot S31S. It takes GREAT still photos, has image stabilization, movies with stereo sound, and has like a million features that I will thoroughly enjoy discovering. All my RAPTOR work is coming in very handy. And I think I put it to good use, getting a really cool camera so I can wow all of you.
How’s this for my first photo op with a new camera? A red-shouldered hawk was just sitting on the fence as I pulled into the driveway. ID tip for red-shouldered hawks versus red-tailed hawks: RT’s have darker streaking on a lighter chest. The streaks on a RS are horizontal and on Rt’s they are vertical. RS’s have a longer, banded tail, and RT’s have a short, chunky red tail. And RS’s have red shoulders.
Another sweet shot. A white-throated sparrow cleaning up under one of the feeders.
Grapes on a cherry tree: I put out some past-their-prime grapes on my weeping cherry tree, and it looks as if someone has been enjoying them.

One of our male cardinals. Sad to say that yesterday, filling the feeders, I found scarlet feathers in a pile under the crabapple tree. The cooper’s hawk strikes again.


8 Responses to “Three guesses as to who got a new camera?”

  1. LauraHinNJ Says:

    Wow! Impressive first pics. I tried to get some pics today of the birds and squirrel at the feeders, but as soon as the camera came out they disappeared.

    Cool to have a red-shouldered as a yard bird!

  2. jemkagily Says:

    Thanks for the i.d.-ing tips, Susan, keep ’em coming! Not everybody who loves birdwatching is an expert, and I can use all the help I can get figuring out what I’m looking at.

  3. Mary Says:

    Great photos! You will really be camera-happy now testing all the bells and whistles. My camera is only a year old and it’s just OK…I’d like a fancier one. I can’t get close enough to my feeders to get decent photos of some nice birds.

  4. Mary Says:

    Let’s see Boomer soon.

  5. NatureWoman Says:

    Congratulations! Woo Hoo! Doing a Happy Dance for you! Your first pics are excellent! Thanks for the id tips, too. I’m looking forward to all of the great pics you’ll be sharing with us.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    I agree with jemkagily.

  7. Dave Says:

    I’m jealous. I want a new camera. Great images. Keep them coming.

  8. gr8fcam Says:

    Cardinals are one of my favorites. That was a great pic of the hawk.

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