Saturday, May 4, 2013

Today's Special - Warblers

It's going to be a busy weekend and I just needed some "me time" before it got busy. So rising with the sun (metaphorically speaking, I actual slept in another 30 minutes), I headed to Great Meadows to see what the day had in store for me.

I knew it was going to be a good day when I noticed this Flicker in front of the parking spot I pulled into. While I got out it was content to drill on the tree. It continued as I set up my tripod, camera and lens. As I shut the lifgate I was certain it would fly, but it continued unphased. After warming up my shutter finger on the Flicker, I headed into the refuge.

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It was a quite, misty morning. Down by the river I encountered a few warblers.

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If like me you don't immediately know this warbler from the front

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When it turns around there is no mistaking a Yellow-rumped Warbler

After walking along the Upper Impoundment, I was on my way home to tackle my long "Honey-do" list, when I say Joan Chasan ahead busy photographing something along the trail near the kiosk. I cautiously approached, to discover that she was busy shooting a female Yellow Warbler. Well that was another first of the year bird for me, so chores would just have to wait.

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Even with the warbler's constant movement and unpredicatble behaviour, it was tough not to get a few shots that were in focus without branches or leaves blocking the bird. I was almost ready to head home, when I noticed some more warblers along the edge of the parking lot.

By this time I really had shot enough warbler photos, so I started to get piggish. Just another warbler shot would no longer suffice, instead I waited for the warblers to visit some of the flowering trees along the lot's edge. I'm glad I did. A male Yellow Warbler danced among the white and pink flowers. My favorite is the first one which reminds me of a Japanese watercolor painting

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If you are not excited by warblers, I did see a few other things as I walked around including.

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A different Flicker near the Upper Impoundment outflow canal to the river

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A ubiquitous Red-winged Blackbird. I was struck how this photo catches all the detail in all those black feathers

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This male Wood Duck's eye looks like a toy glass marble eye

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Who can resist photographing a Song Sparrow when the background is this perfect

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I dare not try to identify this bird, but it is nesting high in the trees down near the "Poison Ivy" bench

5 comments:

  1. Love the yellow warbler in the crab apple but the blue-gray gnatcatcher nest is a really good find.

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  2. Terrific and beautiful images Larry!

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  3. That last bird on its nest is a Blue-grey Gnatcatcher.

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  4. Beautiful photos -- and great descriptions, too. Thank you!

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  5. Larry, these are magnificent, and no easy feat! I think we may have another BG gnatcatcher making a home up at Borden Pond.

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