Manitoba Birds

Yellow-headed Blackbird

  I love bird watching, but when it comes to getting photos of them, I just don't have the required photography skills. One of the best things about Facebook, is seeing the photos that my friends post....and then asking them to share them! 
  This post is Part 1 of a three part series of photos by Brent Sharp. You'll find his bio at the bottom of the page.
Yellow Headed Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird

Ruby Throated Hummingbird
 Ruby Throated Hummingbird.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird
I think this is a female Ruby Throated Hummingbird.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Common Loon
Common Loon - Learn more

Purple Finch
This one was hard, but I think it's a Purple Finch...
I know, it's red, but so are Purple finches!

Duck...hard to tell what kind!

Cedar waxwing
Cedar Waxwing - love the color of these.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagles - Learn more

American White Pelican
American White Pelican

Blue Heron
Blue Heron- Learn more.

Blue Heron
Blue Heron

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl,  Grand Rapids, MB
Learn more about owls.

Blue Winged Teal
Blue Winged Teal

  I had a hard time naming some of these birds! I have one book that belonged to my dad, The Audubon Society Field Guide To North American Birds: Eastern Region by John Bull (1977-07-26), and another smaller guide-Saskatchewan and Manitoba Nature Guide.  I checked these, as well as online images, and found most of the birds, but some I couldn't be sure. If anyone notices a mistake, or can name the ones I missed, please let me know!

Brent Sharp lives in Winnipeg, with his wife, Gwen, and their son, Jacob. He's a carpenter by trade, but says he felt the need for a hobby that was not related to woodworking.  

In 1988, he got is first camera, an old 35 mm, from a pawn shop, by trading his time. He learned photography through reading and a lot of practice. Thirteen years ago, he got his first DSLR. By this time, he had come to realize that he could use photography to express himself. He took literally, the expression, "A picture paints a thousand words."

 Brent says he's always looking for an adventure, and something new to challenge himself with. He can never get enough of the outdoors....as we can see from his photography! His travels have taken him to Europe, Mexico, the US, and from coast to coast to coast. 

  Brent now works as a teacher, training other carpenters. He's kept his passion for woodworking, but photography is slowly taking over. He's always trying to create more behind the camera than behind the computer. His own studio is now on the horizon, and his goal is to share something new with people every week. You can follow him on Instagram- bgassociates

All photos in this post are the property of Brent Sharp, and cannot be used without his permission.


Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

It looks like the duck is a merganser. Gorgeous photos by the photographer. I sure wish I had a bigger and better camera for getting better photos of critters.

Deborah said...

Thanks for the info, Linda. I'll have to look merganser up. Even with a good camera, I don't think I have the patience to get photos like these!

Helen said...

Bird (and bug) photographers are to be commended. Unlike flowers and gardens, their subjects rarely sit still for their portraits! Nice shots, and nice of Brent for sharing. Thanks for dropping by our blog, Deborah.

Deborah said...

Helen, I agree, Birds are so difficult to photograph! Than coming by.