Monte Stinnett [knobby6]

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BIOGRAPHY
I have been retired for about a three and a half years now. I worked for department of water and power as a control operator supplying the electricity you take for granted every day. I previously shot film for a long time, but was mostly taking snapshots on trips. Since I've been retired I am more serious; what was a hobby has turned into an obsession/addiction and there is no ten step program if you decide to quit. I predominately shoot in the greater Los Angeles area and have learned to be resourceful. You may have guessed my passion is shooting birds and the thing about birds is first you have to find them. Amazingly enough there is a wide variety of birds that you would never guess reside or migrate thru this area. Thus, where the resourcefulness comes in, Second, you need to learn their habits, meaning what type of terrain, where do they roost or what do they eat. Third, you have to shoot them where they are, you don't have a lot of control over the lighting angle or how bright is the light or is the background nice or ugly. You can try to position yourself where the light and background is advantageous, but more often than not, you don't have that option. Fourth you have to practice, practice, and more practice on quick draw, panning and just being alert so you don't miss the shot. I've missed so many shots because I wasn't 'keeping my eye on the ball' so to speak. I just meant to write a couple of lines, but that's how it is with obsessions.

Country: US

GALLERIES

Single Photos

Romance

Kestrels

Peregrines

Recents

Grebes

PHOTOS

caspian terns - Lemme go!

Bolsa Chica egret

Double breasted cormorant

great blue heron on a overcast day.

shot late afternoon at 1/100 sec

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Hey boy, give me that fish!

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I think I can, I think I can.........

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killer heron eating a mole

sora

pied bill grebe

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Oh crap!

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virginia rail

virgnia rail

spotted sandpiper

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belted kingfisher

The great blue heron is the greatest opportunist. If it moves he/she will eat it. It has a mouth/throat like a snake in that it will stretch to very large sizes.

Just swallowed a 2 lb carp.

Light-footed clapper rail - rare and endangered species

reddish egret

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turkey vulture

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redish egret

"In case you didn't know it, us ravens are much better looking than raptors."

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white pelican eating carp

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White pelican spent 10 min trying to swallow a 4lb carp. Finally gave it up.

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First loon of the season at bolsa chica.

black crowned night heron

northern harrier

black necked stilt

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reddish egret

reddish egret

not another pelican

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osprey and halibut

osprey and halibut

female bufflehead

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the heron and the bullfrog

the king of the fisherbirds

Mr bufflehead

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'This is my territory boy.'

The burlesque dancer

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kestrel sitting on a steel magnolia

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Meeting of the minds...

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Your can actually see his double crest, thus the name double crested cormarant.

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This is a breeding male. They have yellowish/green legs and feet all year which turn pink when they are breeding. Go figure..

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'My mom can beat up your mom."

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Spotted Owl

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and a couple of ants for good measure.

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Osprey

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1/800 sec at F4, iso 2500 I put that these were great egrets, but now I'm pretty sure they are snowy egret juveniles.

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Sunset

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Kildeer

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Overcast and cloudy, so reverted to my trusty flash, thus the gray conditions.

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The Ballerina

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View Larger............Not a zoo cat

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View larger - Food chain - cormorant/smelt/brine shrimp

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View larger - This particular morning they were skimming for mosquito fish, which I believe is what he has in his bill.

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view larger - Like certain ducks, they swallow the shell too.

view larger - He kept dropping the stick, then would dive to retrieve it. Kind of like a child entertaining himself.

View larger - 'I'm back from the market kids.'

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View Larger - This was early morning and light was still on the dark side. 1/800, F4@ iso 5600

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view larger . Western Grebe

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Osprey and the gull

Red tailed hawk

Ferruginous Hawk (view larger)

Wigeon (view larger)

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Western Grebes (view larger)

Western Grebes

Great tailed grackle (female)

Western Grebes courting ritual in the display of leaves. (view larger)

Life can be tough being a cormorant

cormorant and trout (view larger)

Breakfast is served (view larger)

redtail and gopher (view larger)

White winged scoter, a somewhat rare duck for Southern California swallow these clams whole. (view ...

Bufflehead (view larger)

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western grebe courting ritual (view larger)

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Common Goldeneye (view larger)This is part of the GE courting ritual.

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Western Grebes courting dance

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white faced ibis (view larger)

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view larger - He hunts from about 30 ft in a tree making him much smarter than the average heron.

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Grasshopper, my favorite

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Peregrine Falcon - View 160 ft below is the ocean/surf (view larger)

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Little Blue Heron

Elegant tern shake

The Dancer

Barn owl hunting

Barn owl

Barnowl with prey

avocet fledgling - view larger

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Black skimmer (view larger)

forster adult feeding fledges

More maternal stuff

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The spearmaster - They usually spear gophers with bottom section of bill.

American kestrels

Clarks grebes (view larger)

Forster terns(view larger)

Anna's hummer (view larger)

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Saturday night fever (view larger)

GBH (view larger)

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The shake (view larger)

predator (view larger)

predator 2 (view larger)

cormy and trout (view larger)

Woodstork (view larger)

Northern pintails (view larger)

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Juvenile red tailed hawk

Ferruginous hawk

Great Egret and sunfish

Osprey (view larger)

eagle owl (captive owl) View larger

Cactus Wren

western grebe dance (view larger)

Male kestrel = view larger

Golden Eagle with lunch (view larger)

Peregrine falcon (view larger)

Peregrines mating (view larger)

Golden eagle - One of those overcast days with high winds.

Western Grebes - end of the dance (view larger)

Great blue heron and trout

Baldy

Allen's hummer (view larger)

Anna (view larger)

Red winged blackbird

American Kestrels food exchange (view larger)

Cormorant and breakfast (view larger)

western screech owl

burrowing owl

White tailed kites mating

Avocet and babies

Golden Eagle (view larger)

white tailed kite food exchange (view larger)

Hide and seek

Peregrine Falcon (view larger)

elegant tern with dinner

Golden eagle dropping of food to young (view larger)

Golden Eaglets

Peregrine falcons with lunch

peregrine siblings (view larger)

Kites food exchange (view larger)

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Coopers hawk with prey

Elegant terns aerial acrobatics

See ya later!

kestrel food exchange (view larger)

Reddish Egret (view larger)

Osprey and trout (view larger)

Golden Eagle (view larger)

Golden Eagle (view larger)

Bufflehead (view larger)

cropduster (view larger)

Reddish egret (view larger)

Great egret and gopher

spotted towhee

red breasted merganser (view larger)

Golden Eagle (view larger) - Most powerful and majestic of the North America raptors.

Double crested cormarant

Peregrine falcon (view larger)

Spearmaster

northern pintail (view larger)

mallard (view larger)

Coot fight (view larger)

Bufflehead (view larger)

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Northern Shoveler (view larger)

Western Grebe shake (view larger)

Great Egret (view larger)

Osprey and trout

Great blue heron and trout (view larger)

Red whiskered bulbul

Bald Eagle (view larger)

white tailed kite and prey - One of my favorite birds which is becoming pretty uncommon in so cal. ...

Northern mockingbird (view larger)

osprey

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white tailed kite food transfer

Peregrine Falcon (view larger)

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Great Horned Owl (Tiger of the air)

Great horned owl

Western Grebes and chicks

Snowy egrets in breeding plumage (view larger)

great horned owl

White tailed kite food exchange (view larger) This is dad teaching Jr how to do aerial exchanges.

White tailed kites training session - Fledgling learning the ins and outs of aerial food...

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Long eared owl

Kite kourtship - Male presenting mouse to female..

Barn Owl

Elegant Tern

kites food exchange

Barn owl on the hunt

Reddish Egret

White tailed kites food exchange

Ferruginous hawk (click for larger view)

Peregrine Falcon and dinner

Peregrine falcon fledges

Peregrine and prey

Golden Eagle (Please view larger)

Golden eagle and snake

Golden eagle with prey (view larger)

Dad teaching Jr how to do aerial exchanges

Allens hummingbird

Peregrine Falcon

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American kestrels - Mating pair

Cormorant and trout

Ruby crowned kinglet

white tailed kite and breakfast

Nothern Pintail

Osprey and trout

Hooded merganser

Hooded Merganser hen (view larger)

Green winged teal

The redtail and the coot

Bufflehead or as I call them speeding bullets

Redtail and the coot 2

annas hummingbird

osprey and trout

White tailed kites exchange

Annas hummingbird

great horned owl fledge

Great gray owl chick

hummer bathing

peregrine falcon feeding fledges

peregrine falcon feeding fledges

Lil blue heron on the hunt. I would have liked a better reflection, maybe next time.

Great horned owl

Great gray owl and chick

Golden Eagle

Osprey and carp

osprey and carp

Red breasted nuthatch

Great egrets flying

white pelican and catfish

Northern Pintail

Peregrine falcon after breakfast

Surf scoters mating

Survival of the fittest

white tailed kites and prey

Hummer nest - Closing comment below.

The heron and the squirrel

peregrines aerial exchange (view larger)

Peregrine falcon aerial exchange (view larger)

harrier and coot

northern harrier and coot

harrier and coot

my coot says harrier