One of the challenges of writing this blog is finding new clever titles for each post. I was pondering what I should title a post of a collection of photos that I took in April, but didn't post until today. Then a bolt of inspiration hit me in the form of lyrics from a hit song from 1972 sung by Three Dog Night, written by Kenny Loggins' brother Dave.
I've got pieces of April,
but it's a morning in May.
So turn up your speakers, click on the link above and hum along along as together we explore Great Meadows last month.
I think spring has to be my favorite time of year at Great Meadows. Maybe that's because three of my favorite subjects to photograph return then.
Among photographers Great Meadows is known as a fantastic place to come to photograph Red-winged Blackbirds. They come for two reasons 1. there are so many of them and 2. they get habituated to humans so you are able to get closer than you can elsewhere. Here as some of my favorites.
While striking a pose similar to the males, I though my birder friends would enjoy the great look at the coloration around the face.
My second favorite species to photograph are the Wood Ducks. The males are some of the most handsome birds around. We all know that the female can't afford to wear such fancy duds because she has to do all the work of raising a family.
If you walk quietly, you may see one among the reeds
While still skittish, several times this year, I've gotten nice views of them
I never saw this male fly by as I was taking a burst of 5 images. It was only in 1 frame, but perfect centered above the pair I was photographing.
In years past this is how I saw the majority of my woods ducks; from the back end flying away as they saw me before I saw them
One of my favorites from the month
I guess I like them because they are small, quick and unpredictable. They tease you with their chattering call and then suddenly pop up for brief moments.
Palm Warbler singing in the sun
Obvious how the Yellow-rumped Warbler got its name
Though they have yellow elsewhere too
Great Blue Herons have returned to the area. Each day several can be found across the refuge. Normally they are skittish but a few have become used to people and let you get closer than normal.
Still taken with my 500mm lens, but close enough that I could only take a portrait shot. I just love the light on the breeding plumage.
There are lots of sparrows at the refuge now. The most predominant are the Song Sparrows, but you have to check because you may be fooled.
There is one pair that is nesting near the water control structure on the Cross Dike. One morning they treated me to a territorial display on dry land. It was great to get shots without reeds in the way.