Monday, June 5, 2017

Pic of the Day

Magnolia Warbler, Setophagq magnolia:  Magee Marsh,  Ohio
      This is another one of the beautiful warblers that can be seen migrating through Magee Marsh during the spring migration.  There were a lot of magnolias this year and this male put on a great show for photography.  I am already looking forward to retuning to Magee next year.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4,  1/640 second @ f/8

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pic of the Day

Cape May Warbler (female), Setophaga tigrinya:
Ohio Department of Natural Resourse parking lot near Magee Marsh.
     During my visit to Magee Marsh last month I had a few rainy, cool days. Okay, they were down right cold days.  Birds were not very active and photography was slow.  About hour before the sundown on one of those days, I decided to leave early.
     On the way out I stopped at the Ohio DNR parking lot to check for birds.  One of the evergreens, which I believed to be a spruce, had a few warblers flitting around.  The birds were busily feeding, hopping from limb to limb gleaning insects from the needles.
     There was not another soul, or car for that matter, in the parking lot so I drove up to the tree and parked about 14 feet away and patiently waited for the birds to feed on the limbs closest to me.  After watching the birds for about fifteen minutes, this female Cape May Warbler hopped right in front of my camera.  A few other birds came along over the next 30 minutes, giving me some great photo opportunites.
     Cape May Warblers breed in a few of our Northern States and Canada.  They build nest close to the top of spruce and fir trees some thirty-five, to sixty feet off the ground.  During the breeding season, the Cape May primarily feeds on insects, but on its wintering grounds in the Caribbean, and Central America it uses its tubular tongue to feed on flower nectar and fruit juices. 

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/160 second @ f/8

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pic of the Day

Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator:  Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio
    On my recent trip to photography neotropical migrants in Ohio, I spent some time at Ottawa NWR photographing swans. Trumpeter Swans are native to Ohio, but were extirpated during the early part of the twentieth century.  In 1996, a population was reestablished at Ottawa, and the birds have made a miraculous recovery.  As I drove the backroads of  Ottawa, I counted seventy-nine trumpeters.  Most seem to be paired.  This is just another, of the many success stories of federal and state recovery programs.  Efforts of the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the protection provided by the Endangered Species Act are essential for continued restoration of wildlands and its endangered flora and fauna.  Our relationship with the world in which we live is tenuous, but the average person cannot, or does not want to see the earth’s fragility. I think Aldo Leopold explains it best when he said,"We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."  The real question is, how do we instill this sentiment into those who are clueless?   
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/2000 second @ f/9

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pic of the Day

American Redstart, Setophaga ruticilla:  Magee Marsh, Ohio
     While I was at Magee Marsh last week I spent a bit of time atop the board walks canopy tower.   The tower rises to the forest midstory where warblers can be seen eye to eye.  While foraging among the tree leaves, this American Redstart landed on a dead branch with a perfect background.  It provided the perfect opportunity for a portrait showing off its brilliant plumage.  After a couple of clicks, the bird was gone, but what a striking pose it gave before taking flight.   

Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, Exposure 1/125 second @ f8