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Paradise is at the top of the Pacific Flyway and all along the valley are excellent places to shoot migratory and local birds. Some of the shots that follow are from Oroville in the Forebay, some from Gray Lodge.

Most of the shots are taken with one of the two Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS lenses that I've owned. Really the best zoom bird lens out there. Sold it once - won't make that mistake twice!

As it turns out, yes I will! I sold for the Nikon system and a 70-300VR. Not anywhere near the lens the 100-400 is, for sure. It is a decent lens, tho. Fast AF and pretty amazing IQ for a consumer grade lens. A couple shots of jays and squirrels here show that.
Scrub jay at the feeder
Scrub jay at the feeder
And another scrub waiting his turn
And another scrub waiting his turn
Looking for competition
Looking for competition
This is all we get? I was told there would be tacos...
This is all we get? I was told there would be tacos...
Seed, again.
Seed, again.
He's checking me out checking him out
He's checking me out checking him out
What are YOU lookin' at?
What are YOU lookin' at?
Another RedTail
Another RedTail
A probable Cooper's
A probable Cooper's
One of thousands...
One of thousands...
A panorama of geese
A panorama of geese
Unknown raptor at the top of the tree
Unknown raptor at the top of the tree
Cleared for landing on waterway 2-left
Cleared for landing on waterway 2-left
More of the geese
More of the geese
A bit of a scare
A bit of a scare
Jay at our feeder
Jay at our feeder
Another shot of the Jay
Another shot of the Jay
A pair of Wood Ducks on the wing
A pair of Wood Ducks on the wing
Egret
Egret
Ten seconds later...
Ten seconds later...
Sharp-Shinned? Cooper's? Red Tail?
Sharp-Shinned? Cooper's? Red Tail?
Probable Red-Tail
Probable Red-Tail
More than likely a Red-Tail
More than likely a Red-Tail
WTF is it??
WTF is it??
More than likely a Red-Tail!!
More than likely a Red-Tail!!
Couple of Black Necked Stilts
Couple of Black Necked Stilts
Lone guy in the marsh
Lone guy in the marsh
Little Guy Taking Wing
Little Guy Taking Wing
Little Guy in a Tree
Little Guy in a Tree
Last of the series
Last of the series
Vulture Tree
Vulture Tree
Vulture Lift-Off
Vulture Lift-Off
Vulture
Vulture
Two Vultures
Two Vultures
Another Vulture Shot
Another Vulture Shot
Red Tail in Flight
Red Tail in Flight
Same RedTail
Same RedTail
100-400 Duck Shot
100-400 Duck Shot
Duck shot with 100-400
Duck shot with 100-400
Cropped 100-400 Duck Shot
Cropped 100-400 Duck Shot
Mallard at the Forebay
Mallard at the Forebay
Few more Mallards
Few more Mallards
Mallard Pair
Mallard Pair
Diving for Dinner
Diving for Dinner
Mallard Group
Mallard Group
Shake it off, Baby!
Shake it off, Baby!
..and then she said that's not food but I had already swallowed and...
..and then she said "that's not food" but I had already swallowed and...
Did I see Wonder Bread?
Did I see Wonder Bread?
Muscovey Duck
Muscovey Duck
Gull on the Wing I
Gull on the Wing I
Gull at Oroville
Gull at Oroville
Gull Landing
Gull Landing
Gull on the beach at the Forebay
Gull on the beach at the Forebay
Another gull at the Forebay
Another gull at the Forebay
Gull on the Wing II
Gull on the Wing II
Just a nice shot - I liked it anyway!
Just a nice shot - I liked it anyway!