Sunday, July 15, 2018

House Finch, Haemorhous mexicanus
Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station
Hazel Green, Alabama

     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.


Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/1000 second @ f/8

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pick of the Day

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


Friday, July 13, 2018

Pic of the Day

Dickcissel, Spiza Americana;
Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station:
Hazel Green, AL.  USA


     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

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pic of the Day

Black-throated Green Warbler, Setophaga Virens; Magee Marsh, Ohio



Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm  f/4, Exposure 1/1600 sec. @ f/8

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Pic of the Day



Tennessee Warbler, Leiothlypis peregrina:  Magee Marsh, Ohio

                                   Warbling Vireo, Vireo gilvus:  Magee Marsh, Ohio

     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 species.

     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
Bottom photo: Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/640 sec. @ f/8