I was out at the A&M Farm this morning at 7:30 hoping to
see some activity, but much to my surprise there was not a lot moving until
about 9:00.Once things got going the
Grass Hopper Sparrows, and Dickcissels were pouring their hearts out in
song.While the sparrows and dickcissels
were singing, the few House Finches I saw were busy eating grass seeds.I photographed this finch along the fence
line at the east end of the farm.
Least Tern, Sternula antillarum; Least Tern Colony; Gulfport, Mississippi
On a hot June morning I spent the morning lying on the sand
under a hide photographing when the male flew in and fed this day old chick. Once the fish was down the gullet, the chick turned and ran to its mother and snuggled up under her wing. A few seconds later the chick poked it head from under its mothers wing to give me this intimate portrait. Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/400second @ f/20
Yesterday morning I took a drive out to Alabama A&M’s
Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station just south of Hazel Green, Alabama
to see if I could find some birds to photograph. Fortunately there were lots of birds. Dickcissels, pictured here, Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers, Grasshopper Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, Blue birds, and Tree
Swallows were everywhere. This was only
my third trip to the research station, and my first early morning trip. I was quite happy with the photos and will
make another jaunt to this avian paradise very soon. Hope you enjoy the photo.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, Exposure 1/1000th second @ f/7.1
With its gray
cap, green back and slender bill the Tennessee Warbler is quite a dapper fellow
in the tree tops during migration.This
spring I saw an abundance of Tennessee Warblers at Magee Marsh where they stopped to refuel before heading on to their boreal forest breeding grounds.
Many people were
confusing the Warbling Vireo with this handsome fellow.Though some may think they look similar, they do look quite
different as these two photos show.The
Tennessee has that sleek thin beak where the Warbling Vireo as a stout hooked
beek.The dark eyeline and green back of
the Tennessee is also absent in the vireo.
They are not just
different in appearance, but very different in behavior as well.The Warbling Vireo methodically moves from
branch to branch with a fairly consistent foraging speed, the Tennessee
Warbler on the other hand, moves like lighting in comparison.This behavior easily separates the two
Of course, I love
photographing both, and though I have just returned from Magee Marsh I am
already dreaming of next spring.But in
the mean time, I’ll prepare to photograph these lovely jewels on their return
migration in the fall.
Top photo: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/320 sec. @ f/6.3