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The Biggest Week in American Birding

I just returned from another trip to Ohio where I led one of the field workshops at The Biggest Week in American Birding: Techniques for Better Bird Photography Field workshop led by Christopher Taylor.

The Toledo Blade was on location interviewing me as I broke down the basics of bird photography to the participants of my class. The article can be found here, ‘Shooters’ look for prize bird.

Some highlights of the trip:

Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler

Canada Goose
Canada Goose

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Summer Tanager
Summer Tanager

Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler

Blue-headed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo

Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer

 

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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Magee Marsh, Crane Creek, Ohio – May 9

Ohio Sunset
Ohio Sunset near Toledo

It was Mother’s Day and the Magee Marsh boardwalk was packed to the hilt! Fortunately I missed the even larger crowd the previous day [International Migratory Bird Day].

The morning started off pretty chilly at 35F and barely got past 45F by mid-afternoon. Other than that it was a gorgeous, sunny day! Most of the passerines present had been there a couple days already since weather conditions were not conducive to continue on their path north the previous nights.

Had a lot of fun shooting with some old pals that I’ve met on previous trips to Ohio. My friend’s grandson snapped this pic of me. See if you can spot me in it below!

Magee Marsh Boardwalk
Magee Marsh Boardwalk

And of course, here are some bird photos I took!

Canada Goose
Canada Goose

Canada Goose
Canada Goose

Nashville Warbler
Nashville Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler

Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

Canada Goose
Canada Goose

 

Posted by on May 14, 2010 in Photography Adventures

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Ohio – Memorial Day Weekend

I spent all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Magee Marsh/Crane Creek near Toledo, OH. Although the weather was absolutely gorgeous – mid 70’s, partly cloudy skies and a steady 15-20mph wind from the north – it was not conducive for bringing in gobs of migrants. In fact, we pretty much saw the same birds over and over again all weekend and limited numbers of those birds at that. It did allow me to work on better photos of some of the species present. Despite the disappointing diversity and quantity I still managed to come away with 8 new photo birds – unfortunately, Connecticut Warbler not being one of them.

I spent early morning Monday at Oak Openings Metropolitan Park just west of Toledo. I didn’t find the Cerulean Warbler (which was the primary objective) but I got photos of Blue-winged Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Indigo Bunting and Summer Tanager…and if I ever keep track of an “Ohio” state-list I recorded Lark Sparrow and Blue Grosbeak as well. Mid-day I headed back to Magee Marsh and was disappointed that it was yet another “boring” day there….but relieved to hear no one had seen a Connecticut Warbler in my absence!

Other than birds I also got some cute photos of two Raccoons playfully posing in the hole of a tree trunk and a Garter snake cruising along a fallen tree. I’m still trying to get some Muskrat photos but they run away every time I get close to them.

Raccoon
Raccoon

Garter Snake
Garter Snake

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

Blue-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler

Canada Warbler
Canada Warbler

Red-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo

Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo

Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan

Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow’s Copulating

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

 

Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Photography Adventures

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#birdsaturday @ Galileo Hills

It was a beautiful day in the Mojave Desert on Saturday. Highs in the low 80’s and perfectly clear and sunny skies. Pretty much all migrants to be expected were encountered. The trees were dripping with Empids and Wilson’s Warblers. Hammond’s, Dusky, Gray, Pac-Slope Flycatchers and Western Wood-Pewee’s. Wilson’s, Yellow, MacGillivray’s, Yellow-rumped (Audubons and Myrtle), Orange-crowned, Nashville, Townsend’s and Black-throated Gray Warblers. Western Tanagers and Black-headed Grosbeaks sporting their alt. plumage colors.

Some photo highlights:

MacGillivray's Warbler
MacGillivray’s Warbler

Hammond's Flycatcher
Hammond’s Flycatcher

Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper

Desert Spiny Lizard
Desert Spiny Lizard

 

Posted by on May 10, 2009 in Photography Adventures

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Yellow-green Vireo and Galileo Hills

I couldn’t make it down to De Forest Park on Friday for the Yellow-green Vireo due to prior obligations but I was there first thing Saturday morning…with about 30 other birders. After 4 hours of not seeing anything other than Warbling Vireos, Orange-crowned’s and Yellow Warblers I gave up and headed home.

Sunday I decided to check Galileo Hills to try and catch any early fall passerines. It was relatively slow with a limited number of Warblers: Orange-crowned (3), Yellow (25+), MacGillivray’s (1), Northern Waterthrush (3+). Passerine migration is certainly starting with FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3), Willow Flycatcher (6) and one Cassin’s Vireo (1).

A few photos:

Cassin's Vireo
Cassin’s Vireo

Northern Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush

Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher

 

Posted by on September 15, 2008 in Photography Adventures

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