Morning photo: The birds and the bees …

Backyard buzz …

A red-shafter flicker in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — I’ve often said I’m not a wildlife photographer, but in the past few weeks, I’ve been roaming around with an older Canon EOS that has a pretty decent 75-300 mm zoom lens. Along with some shots of the muskrats living in the backyard pond here in the Lagoon neighborhood, I’ve had a few birds perch long enough for me to get a decent shot or two. I can totally see the fascination with bird and wildlife photography. It’s more challenging — or at least challenging in a different way — than shooting landscapes, and all these birds have their own unique character. Taking the time to try and het photos of them lets you appreciated that.

Backyard duck.

I stalked this bumblebee around the Heaton Bay campground for quite a while before it actually settled on a fireweed blossom long enough for me to get a decent shot. This is one of my all-time favorite closeups.

This bee was more restful and easier to photograph.

A gray jay near Dillon Reservoir.

A bee harvests nectar on a wild thistle near Heaton Bay.

Clark’s nutcracker.

Grebes only make a short stop at Dillon Reservoir before flying 1,000 miles south.

Ptarmigan in winter plumage. Photo by Kim Fenske.

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