Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pic of the Day

Blackburnian Warbler, Dendrocia fusca; Magee Marsh, Ohio
    I made a short trip to Magee Marsh on the south side of Lake Erie to photograph migrating warblers over the past few days. Though I was there for only a short time I got a few good shots.  There were quite a few species of warblers, (18 that I observed), with more species arriving today.  Most of the warblers were pretty high in the trees making shooting difficult, but on Sunday evening this Blackburnian dropped out of the treetops and put on a nice show among the lower branches.
     Blackburnians fly north from their wintering grounds in Venezuela, Columbia and Peru to northern Minnesota, Michigan and New York to Maine and southern Canada.  They can also be found in the higher elevations of the Appalachian Mountains south to Northern Georgia.

     This is one of our most beautiful warblers, and I have waited a long time to get a descent shot.
Both Images:  Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/800 @ f6.3, ISO 500, on tripod

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