Two years ago, I was pleased to see an increased volume of warblers at Magee Marsh (this past year was the slowest I've seen!). For instance, there was one day when four male Blackburnian Warblers (Setophaga fascia) flitted about within feet of me, one coming so close as it foraged for insects that I could have reached out and touched it! Magee is definitely a magical place for a few weeks each spring as the majority of migrants stop to refuel before hopping Lake Erie to their breeding grounds in Canada.
These are startlingly beautiful birds...fireheads. In the summer months, they are mostly in Canadian pine forests, nesting at the tippy-tops of the trees.
Canon 5Ds R, 600 ƒ/4 IS II, 1.4x TC III
840mm, ƒ/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO 1600
A gregarious character who isn't prone to shyness, the Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis)
breeds, yes, in Canada. But also in the northeastern U.S., and all the way down to Georgia along the upper elevations of the Appalachians. Known by its black necklace, the Canada warbler is an avid fly catcher, chasing many an insect down on the wing. It will do so by startling flies out of hiding and then darting off its twig to catch them.
Such a fly and flight aficionado is this warb that it has historically borne names such as the Canadian Flycatcher and the Canadian Flycatchimg Warbler.
Canon 5D IV, 600 ƒ/4L IS II, 1.4x III
840mm, ƒ/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO 1000
We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.
1918 hours ago
SIGUIENTE PARADA: Vitré
A las puertas de Bretaña, Vitré y su castillo medieval seducen con sus viejas callejuelas y sus casas medievales de entramado de madera perfectamente restauradas.
Un pueblo que nos sorprendió bastante, sobre todo la almendra central. Tiene 3 calles en las que se concentra todo el casco antiguo y es una maravilla pasear por él. Las casas de entramado están bastante bien conservadas. Desde fuera, hasta da vértigo pensar que alguien pueda vivir allí, con las vigas tan inclinadas.
Birds in Flight - Great Horned Owl
Oliver, the Great Horned Owl, put on quite the show during my first Raptor Photography Workshop at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy. I'll post some video showing how fast be flies at the assembled photographers, who are often lucky to snap off one or 2 captures in focus.
Canadian Raptor Conservancy
Nikon D500 - Nikkor 200-500mm
EXIF: 290mm f5.6 1/3200 ISO-500
Captured September 14th, 2019
The lady Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) like that seen here isn’t quite the study in contrast that her male counterpart is. Males—with their stark black and showy white bodies positioned atop two orange juice-colored legs—take the cake there. Yet the females have a more elegant beauty, at the same time understated and loud. Her feathers show shades of black, draped in an olive hue…and her legs are no less orange.
Both the ladies and the gentlemen are among the last of the spring migrants to return to their breeding grounds in Canada’s boreal forests. Their springtime sightings here in New York are met with bittersweet attention, as their presence marks the nearing end of migration season.
Canon 7D II, 100-400 ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II
400mm, ƒ/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 400
• neděle večer; projížďka; slunce; mlživý opar; teplý podzimní večer;
..takovými slovy se dá popsat tento snímek, vidím v něm ale mnohem víc; třeba úspěšně odpracovaný víkend na zahradě provázený přemýšlením a bilancováním ze vzteku z práce mimo domov;
..kde v nás vznikne ten pocit, že jsme si dovolili připustit k mysli myšlenky a k tělu lidi, kteří nám nestojí zato?
..já říkám “vše je v hlavě”; pocit štěstí i neštěstí je stav mysli a vždy jsme to my kdo to změní.. a já opět mám v životě pocit, že ten čas se zrovna nachýlil... •
“Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise / Running in the shadows, damn your love, damn your lies /
And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You will never break the chain...” #thechain#fleetwoodmac#justamood
25311 October, 2019
• we’re sometimes too different, strange and interesting than other people that it annoy them already • [edit - filter]
Short, slow motion clip of a Northern Harrier hunting over the grasslands. Isn’t it cool to see how this #marshhawk navigates and hovers over the field in search for prey?
Comments, questions and critique are always welcome 😀
Feel free to repost (just don’t forget to tag me) 👍
The male Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) is one of the most distinctive of the more than 50 wood warblers endemic to North America. Looking like he got caught with his head in the pumpkin seed jar, the blackburnian warbler in breeding plumage is a striking sight against the green of a forest canopy, where he spends the majority of his time foraging for insects. Lady blackburnians are slightly less striking, with muted colors. But they work together to lay ~4 brown-spotted eggs in mossy nests.
Last summer, these guys gave me a run for my money in a forest near Ithaca, NY. While I'm pretty comfortable with their spring songs, I definitely was NOT with their summer I'm-watching-my-nest calls. Took me quite some time to figure out that those calls (sounding to me like a DJ spinning and breaking Cerulean Warbler songs) were actually coming from Blackburnian throats.
Canon 5D IV, 400 ƒ/4 DO IS II, 1.4x TC III
560mm, ƒ/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO 1600