Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bald Eagle X European Starling hybrid

Or maybe it's a partial albino Starling.. Who's to say? My lovely ladyfriend spotted this beast in our backyard during the recent snowfalls... Snowfall = more birds at your feeder, and spring snowfall = oodles of migrant blackbirds at your feeder!

Managed a few quick grabs from inside the house. Not much else to say about it - although I was pretty surprised to see just HOW the white was coming through... I am not knowledgable about the exact causes of plumage abnormalities in birds (I believe there was a great article several years ago on how the mechanisms are different in birds vs. mammals)  but it seems a little more unusual that the feathers are part normal part white (greater coverts) - or part normal part paler-than-normal (primaries) - or straight up white (head etc). 

Friday, March 10, 2017

New website! Same great blog... Somewhat...

A new incarnation of my website ( has arrived! The previous design had been adjusted several times since its inception in 2003, including a complete overhaul after a virus attack - but always followed the same general design/layout.

One big adjustment is the loss of my old site-specific redirect url ( - which I don't think I'm going to revive... If you're reading this, hopefully you're already aware of the change... is the link of the future!

I've enacted a blogging feature on the new site - which I've decided to call "journal" instead of "blog" to avoid any confusion with this site... I hope to blog about photography-specific endeavours on that page going forward -so while updates may be irregular, I hope the quality of the content will be high. First up will be a series regarding some of the hotspots I was able to visit while in San Diego starting sometime next week. (

So boom! Here it is! Let me know what you think!