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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8288863

Happy New Year everyone. As such, I am continuing my "My Bird" thread - Part II. If you are interested in my other bird photos, you can go back here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1114286/

The first set of images are from my outing at one of my favorite spots (Huntley Meadows Park). These are photos of a young Hooded Merganser family I had the pleasure of photographing this past summer. As you can see they were very cooperative.

This shot shows one of the little ones exercising her wings...cute.


Enjoy

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8288867

This photos shows 2 of the young'ns swimming leisurely.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
4:17 PM

Post #8288872

Swimming by oneself, but not to far from mommy though

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8288876

Here's the family hunkering down for the evening.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
4:19 PM

Post #8288880

Here's a shot of the female. I don't know if this is the same mother because I took this shot before I saw any babies.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
4:20 PM

Post #8288883

Here she is flexing her wings a bit

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
4:20 PM

Post #8288888

Here's the last one. She's just taking a swim

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

January 2, 2011
4:47 PM

Post #8288948

Gave your thread a minute to develop...lol Beautiful!! You truly know what your doing when your out there! That last shot is superb!!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 2, 2011
7:31 PM

Post #8289276

Gorgeous shots Burd!! The chicks are adorable and the others are beautiful!
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

January 2, 2011
8:16 PM

Post #8289336

pelletory wrote:Gorgeous shots Burd!! The chicks are adorable and the others are beautiful!


I,m not quite at this level Pelle, but thanks. lol

pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 3, 2011
5:41 AM

Post #8289623

LOL, Oops Sorry. I always get your names mixed up.

Great pics Met!!
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 3, 2011
8:03 AM

Post #8289917

Excellent shots, Met. I have yet to visit Huntley Meadows. Did you get to Bombay Hook over the weekend ?
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 10, 2011
8:08 PM

Post #8303698

Thanks all. Charlie, no I did not make it to Bombay Hook. I have to set aside a good time to visit; things just keeps coming up where I have to change plans.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 11, 2011
3:40 AM

Post #8303967

I don't know how I missed this thread, Al. Wonderful photos.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2011
7:02 AM

Post #8308215

Thanks Margaret. I will be posting more so keep a peep'n (smiles).
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2011
7:18 AM

Post #8308256

Tufted Titmouse on the screen porch roof eyeing the feeders

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2011
7:20 AM

Post #8308259

Another one perched nicely on a piece of wood I found and set up near the feeders

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2011
7:21 AM

Post #8308260

I've been using my 5D MkII camera lately taking shots of the birdies. Here's the Chicadee perched in a tree in my backyard.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2011
7:21 AM

Post #8308262

Another Chicadee in the tree

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2011
7:22 AM

Post #8308264

Here's the Junco. They have been hanging in the backyard the last 2 years and it's easier to get shots of them here than in the field.

Male Junco

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2011
7:28 AM

Post #8308275

Here's a couple Gold Finch shots using the 5d Mk II

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2011
7:29 AM

Post #8308276

Another Gold Finch shot

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ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2011
7:52 AM

Post #8308313

You sure know how to take beautiful photos. Each one is just beautiful!!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 13, 2011
8:45 AM

Post #8308412

Wonderful shots Met! I would occasionally love to here some of your settings.

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VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2011
8:15 PM

Post #8309605

Great shots Met! I love the Merganser series! Such cute babies!

I assume Huntley Meadows is pretty quiet this time of year?
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

January 13, 2011
8:51 PM

Post #8309663

The detail is amazing and they are so clear...great set Met!!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
11:17 AM

Post #8315439

Thanks everyone. Yes Rose, Huntley Meadows is pretty quiet these days, especially since the marsh has frozen over, however, I did get some good duck shots just before the freeze (Northern Pintail, More Hooded Mergansers, the Northern Shovelers and some Killdeers). I also got some nice shots of the chicadees and downy woodpecker on the cattails last week.

Yesterday I'd planned to go in the morning, but woke up late (about 10am). I debated - go out, nah just chill because I did not want to put the gear together. Well, I decided to go to the local wildlife park (had not gone it over 1 yr.) and glad I did because I got couple species that I'd targeted, but this one was a bit of a surprise. I stood in the woods looking around and spotted this beauty hopping along the ground. I crept up near it but I thought the crunching sound from the leaves would make it fly away. So as I crept around the tree, it popped up on this stump and with some good light, my 500 and 2x tc, these are the results. Sometimes, no most times, luck is good.

I present to you the Hermit Thrush

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
11:18 AM

Post #8315443

Here it's looking down for something.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
11:19 AM

Post #8315444

Left profile shot

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
11:20 AM

Post #8315446

Here it started flickering it's tail and wings and I knew it was about leave me.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 17, 2011
12:20 PM

Post #8315567

Amazing shots Met!!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 17, 2011
12:28 PM

Post #8315583

aww, what a cutie. love the rich background too.

MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 17, 2011
1:39 PM

Post #8315652

Wonderful, Al.
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
3:11 PM

Post #8315802

Excellent shots of the Hermit Thrush, Al.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8315826

Beautiful shots Al...I really love the ducks and the Thrush!
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

January 17, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8315988

Very nice set of the Hermit Thrush!!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
8:34 PM

Post #8316353

Those are wonderful!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

January 17, 2011
9:22 PM

Post #8316408

Awesome Al. the pictures are so good quality.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
10:16 PM

Post #8316460

Thanks everyone for taking time to view my photos.

Here are some more from my day at the local wildlife park

The White-Breasted Nuthatch





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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
10:17 PM

Post #8316462

2nd shot. They are some pretty quick little birds, but this one sat on the tree as if to be taking a break for a moment. So I had ample time to fire off and get some good shots

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
10:19 PM

Post #8316464

Here's my favorite little buddy...the Chicadee. This one will be printed. I love the background colors and how it contrast the bird.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
10:20 PM

Post #8316467

Here he is on a wire at the center

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
10:21 PM

Post #8316468

Now these Downy WPs shots were not from the local wildlife area. This shot of the male Juvenile was from my backyard. The males seem a bit more skittish than the females (wonder why), but this young'n took a break so I was able to get a few good images of him. I really love the red and greenish background colors. This will be printed, too.



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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 17, 2011
10:23 PM

Post #8316470

This one is from Huntley Meadows Park. I saw him jumping from cattail to cattail, so I just waited patiently for him to come closer. They seem to not notice you when they are looking for food. This one is full frame...no cropping to the photo at all. Patients pays off.



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gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 17, 2011
11:52 PM

Post #8316507

Beautiful shots Meth. Chickadees are one of my faves too. They are so neat and orderly. They take a seed, and fly off, allowing others access to the feeder. Definite team birdies.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 18, 2011
7:26 AM

Post #8316924

Wonderful shots Met! I agree with you about the Chickadee pic. I absolutely love the Nuthatch. I guess because I don't see them as often and their wonderful unique look makes for a soft spot in my heart for them.
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

January 19, 2011
9:51 AM

Post #8318951

All absolutely crisp shots - love them. For me to anything like that the bird must sit in front of the lens!!LOL
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 21, 2011
4:23 PM

Post #8323092

Thanks everyone. Take care
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2011
11:23 AM

Post #8326022

When I was in South Carolina, I was able to capture this cute little Juvenile Heron. It's funny how their legs to body ratio make them look. It reminds me of little kids, when their heads look so much bigger than their body.

Juvenile Great Blue Heron

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2011
11:24 AM

Post #8326026

2nd image. These are full frame, too. That's how close I was able to get to them.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2011
11:32 AM

Post #8326038

One day I'd gone to one of my favorite spots (Huntley Meadows Park), but it was very slow there, so I went to a local wetland area (Cheltenham Wetlands) near my home and it too was slow. I debated and debated about going to Lake Artemesia, but I went anyone because I had not gone out to photograph birds in awhile, but it too was slow. So I left thinking of hitting another spot (Jugs Bay), but as I was leaving the lake, I spotted a blue colored bird sitting on the power line, but immediately knew it was not a Blue Bird or Blue Jay. So I stopped the truck, jumped to the back seat to grab my camera (had it strapped in the back seat), rolled down the window (used the window as my tripod) and when I pointed the camera towards the bird, boy was I surprised and very happy; it was the Peregrine Falcon - a bird I had only seen once in Tucson Az. I got a few shots, but this was one of the better ones. Hope you like it.

Correction: American Kestrel

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 23, 2011
11:44 AM

Post #8326052

Oops, I almost forgot this shot from South Carolina, too.



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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

January 23, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8326172

Your falcon is actually a male American Kestrel...but a superb shot no doubt!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

January 24, 2011
8:50 PM

Post #8328834

Yep... it's an American Kestrel male, but it is a beauty! Gorgeous colors! Where did you take that shot again?
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 25, 2011
3:55 AM

Post #8329007

Met, I love that American Kestrel!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 26, 2011
12:02 PM

Post #8331685

Haha that tells you little I know about them.

Thanks for the look and correction
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 26, 2011
1:36 PM

Post #8331860

Love that young heron-great captures. That kestrel is just beautiful too!!
Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

January 26, 2011
7:37 PM

Post #8332517

That kestrel is just spectacular.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 27, 2011
10:11 PM

Post #8334422

Thank you all
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:38 AM

Post #8355529

I had the 1D4 on loan (CPS loan program) for 1 week to take it for a test spin. I went to Bombay Hook last Saturday. So I will post some of the shots I created that day. I just wish the weather was better, but...

Here is series of Snow Geese images from the shoot. I took all these shots hand held, which is the way I like to shot BIF shots.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:39 AM

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Shot #2

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Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:39 AM

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Shot #3

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:40 AM

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Snow Geese #4

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Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:41 AM

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Snow Geese #5

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:42 AM

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Snow Geese #6

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:42 AM

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Snow Geese #7

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Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:43 AM

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Snow Geese #8

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Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:44 AM

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Snow Geese #9

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Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:45 AM

Post #8355553

Snow Geese #10...last one for now

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Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

February 5, 2011
11:51 AM

Post #8355566

Beautiful set Met!! However pictures 1-6 are of Tundra Swan's the rest are indeed Snow Geese though. Great Photography!!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
11:55 AM

Post #8355575

Haha Bird you are correct. I overlooked the black on the wings

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 5, 2011
12:35 PM

Post #8355677

Nice shots, Al. I haven't been to Bombay Hook for awhile. I have been to Blackwater but it has been slow other than the Snow Geese. Was there a lot of other activity at Bombay Hook ? How did you like the Canon 1-D Mark IV ?
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 5, 2011
1:54 PM

Post #8355830

Great photos!! Great camera too!! I'm jealous!!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

February 5, 2011
2:24 PM

Post #8355889


Ditto. Wonderful shots.

I have camera envy, Al. The 1D-IV is on my wish list, but I doubt I could hand hold it.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

February 5, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8355908

These are wonderful Al...I am jealous all the way around!!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 5, 2011
2:54 PM

Post #8355938

Methodical wrote:Here is series of Snow Geese images from the shoot. I took all these shots hand held, which is the way I like to shot BIF shots.


Ooops!! ##1-6 are Tundra Swans ;-)

Resin
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

February 5, 2011
7:40 PM

Post #8356368

Wonderful pics of Swan and Geese, Al.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2011
8:16 AM

Post #8371366

Wow am I late responding. Thanks everyone for visiting and commenting.

Charley there was more activity there than back here at home, but probably not as much as normal though. Besides the ones posted here, I got some shots of the Red-tailed Hawk, Horned Lark, Red Fox, Common Merganser, Buffleheads and I saw the Sharp-shinned or Coopers Hawk - both hawk species were out looking for food. I will post the images here soon.

DucBucln, Margaret and Pelletory, I really like what the 1D4 produces, but unfortunately I had to send it back to Canon since it was on loan from Canon. However, I am keeping an eye out just in case a good deal pops up that I can't refuse, but for now the 1D3 is the workhorse. Btw, I sold the 50D and the 70-200 f4 lens since I was not using them to help fund the 70-200 2.8 lens since I am getting more into sports photography.

Thanks Resin and Burd for the correction. I sometimes be thinking one thing and typing something totally different.

Talk to you'll later
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

February 24, 2011
12:32 AM

Post #8389590

Here are 2 shots of the Horned Lark from my visit to Bombay Hook. To bad it's horns were up for the shot.





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Methodical
Clinton, MD
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February 24, 2011
12:32 AM

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2nd image

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

February 24, 2011
3:11 AM

Post #8389626

Nice ones Al !

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 24, 2011
5:29 AM

Post #8389772

very nice. Such cuties
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

February 24, 2011
6:05 PM

Post #8391066

I would love to see some Horned Lark, great shots of them.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 26, 2011
9:32 AM

Post #8393924

Great photos once again! I do hope you'll soon find your deal for the 1D4.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 26, 2011
8:30 PM

Post #8394811

How beautiful they are!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8426868

Hey I'm back. Thanks everyone.

Here's a couple shots of the Red-tailed Hawk. These are the first and only images I have of this Hawk. As usual, it was not in the open for me, but I am happy and surprised it sat there long enough for me to get a few shots. These shots are from my visit to Bombay Hook

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Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2011
2:39 PM

Post #8426871

Here's the 2nd image

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 14, 2011
4:52 PM

Post #8427121

Beautiful Hawk, Al.
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8427132

Nice Horned Lark and Red-tailed Hawk photos, Al. I didn't see any Horned Larks this winter. Unless they are on top of the snow, I have a hard time picking them out. I noticed that you got your photos on the road.

My last trips to Bombay Hook and Blackwater were uneventful except for a Red Fox. I did get some nice photos of it. I went to Patuxent this past weekend for the first time since September and saw absolutely nothing. There are a lot of trees down and one was lying across the road to prevent you from going back to the end (Bailey Bridge). Better days ahead. I hope.

The Osprey are arriving here in Anne Arundel County and the eastern shore but I haven't seen any nor have I been looking for them.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 14, 2011
5:19 PM

Post #8427178

Nice ones of the Red-tailed Al !
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 16, 2011
8:09 PM

Post #8431566

Gorgeous shots Met!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2011
5:58 PM

Post #8443830

Thanks everyone.

Yeah Charley things have been pretty slow at my spots, too. I have some new spots that I will explore this season down in the LaPlata and Indian Head area. One spot claims to have Prothornatory Warblers nesting every year so I plan to make some trips there for sure.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

March 22, 2011
10:56 PM

Post #8444300

Yes would love to see "your shots" of the Prothonotary Warbler!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:07 PM

Post #8457037

Yesterday, I decided to explore a few new wildlife areas (Myrtle Grove WMA, Mattawoman Creek and Small Wood park). As luck has it, the day started off not in my favor; 1st it was snowing (I was going out no matter what though to do some recon work) and secondly, I left my tripod sitting in the garage (thought I put it in the truck until I went to mount my rig Ė no tripod). So all my shots were handheld for this trip. I just donít get it, Saturday it was sunny, cool but otherwise a beautiful day for bird photography, yet on my one and only day I have to do what I enjoy, it snows and last week it rained. I think I need to change to going out on Saturdays, ahh but Sundays are so peaceful with less people Ė folks seem to sleep in later.

But, all was not lost as I found a few new places to explore and hopefully get some lifers this spring and summer. Also, I found an Eagles nest where there are no people and no restricted access; it seems I will have this little gem of an area to myself (hopefully). Well, I will post a few shots from my trip Sunday. Btw, I spotted 5 adult and 1 juvenile Eagles, 3 pairs of nest building Ospreys (2 in very good shooting distant, as a matter of fact, you can walk right up to the nest; hopefully the park will restrict such close access though), lots of Cormorants and Wood ducks, some Pied billed grebes, Scaups, Vultures, Wild Turkey, Hawks (Red-tailed), Pileated WP, sparrows. I did not get shots of most of them though.

I will start with the Eagles. The fist shot is of the nest. Can anyone tell if they will take residence; it seems like itís ready for a family and both were sitting down in the nest and this one pop up and perched for this not so good photo (just wanted to get a pic of the nest).

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:08 PM

Post #8457038

Here's one of the soon to be parent that was flying around the nest. I left after this shot because I don't want to spook them.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:12 PM

Post #8457054

Here's one of the Osprey nest. It is on the boating dock and if the docks were open, you could literally walk right up and touch the nest (there's one on each end of the docks. Hopefully, the park service will restrict access as boats can literally park next to the nest. This 1st shot is of the female in the nest.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:15 PM

Post #8457063

Here's a shot of the male eating a fish on the dock. The nest is just behind him.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:16 PM

Post #8457069

He sat there and ate the fish while the female made her noise. After he almost finished the fish, he jumped into the nest, but he did not leave the fish. Here's another shot of him feeding.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:17 PM

Post #8457073

Here he is flying around with the fish.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:18 PM

Post #8457076

Another flight shot with the fish. After a couple of laps, he flew into the trees and out of sight. I guess to finish his meal; poor misses.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:23 PM

Post #8457092

Just as I was leaving General Smallwood Park, I spotted this Red-tailed Hawk sitting in the tree. I stopped to verify with my binoculars. I decided to try my luck at try to get some photos. I knew I wouldn't get within a mile of him/her as he bolted when I opened the truck door, but I was hoping he'd fly around so that I could get some shots. These are the best, but they are the best I got on that day. The Red-tailed Hawk in flight.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8457095

He just kept swooping around and around and around

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8457099

last one of the Hawk

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:30 PM

Post #8457115

The last set is of the American Black Vulture. I was on the road to General Smallwood Park and spotted these Vultures on the side of the road. So I pulled over and captured a few images. Now, I know the Vultures are not the prettiest birds and some would not dare photograph them, well, i am the opposite as I like to photograph all birds as they have their own unique personalities.

American Black Vulture

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8457116

These last 2 images are also of the Vulture. I was heading down to the docks, when I just happened to look up and saw this one sitting on the roof of the building.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8457119

Last shot of the Vulture

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

March 28, 2011
6:57 PM

Post #8457178

Absolutely fantastic, Al. It sounds like you've found a photographer's heaven there. I'm soooo envious of how close you can get to the nest. I'm looking forward to your next visit there. And here's hoping for finer weather and a better memory.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 28, 2011
8:31 PM

Post #8457406

Wonderful shots Al. I love the Vultures just as well too.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2011
1:24 PM

Post #8458729

Thanks Margarett and Pelletory. Margarett, I will make sure my head is on the right way on my next outing.

Take care.
ducbucln
Kelseyville, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 29, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8458741

Met, all your photos are always so clear and sharp. I'm with you on photographing the vultures, awesome shots! Love the osprey on the dock. I can't believe the nest is so low.
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8458815

Excellent photos, Al. Despite the weather, you had a great day plus you explored new territory. I've never been there.
I had to look up who General Smallwood was and found that he was the highest ranking Marylander in the Revolutionary War. And, Mattawoman was named by the Algonquin Indians which means "where one goes pleasantly". So, hopefully that held true for you. This has been sort of a disappointing past three months (for me) so maybe Spring will make up for it.

Anyway, it looks like you got some great spots to re-visit.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

April 5, 2011
10:30 PM

Post #8475175

Great sets Met!!
Methodical wrote:Here he is flying around with the fish.
That shot is stunning!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2011
10:46 PM

Post #8479799

Thanks everyone. Charley, I agree the past 3 months have been pretty slow for me, too and that's one of the reasons I decided to explore new territory. I have many more new spots to explore, too. One place I plan to visit more often is Monticello Park in VA for the migrating warblers.

Here are some shots I got the past weekend. You know it's spring when these guys/gals return - Tree Swallows. There's a spot at Merkle Wildlife area that I can always count on getting up close and personal with these birds. In these shots, I park my truck right next to where they perch and as long as I stayed in the truck they allowed me to photograph them. The Bluebirds perch at this spot to but they are a bit more shy than these guys. Both the Tree Swallows and the Bluebirds always seem to fight over the bird house just to right of these photos - an interesting sight to see. The Bluebirds are some tough little birds that don't back down either.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2011
10:48 PM

Post #8479800

This one was sitting on this pole preening itself and never even care about me clicking away. At times, it just looked at me like - is this good enough for you.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2011
10:49 PM

Post #8479801

Last shot of the Tree Swallow

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2011
10:56 PM

Post #8479807

I went to a local park (Cosca Regional Park) hoping the Purple Finches were still there, particularly the males (already got shots of the female). I planned to spend a couple hours there waiting for them before I visited Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. When I got there I saw 2 finches and thought man my day is starting off right, except they were the male and female house finch. Then as a started looking around the area, I spotted 2 male purple. They eventually gave me the opportunity to capture some images. After they left 2 females came around. So within an hour, I had met my quota, so I was off to Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. Hopefully this is a sign of my luck this season.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2011
10:57 PM

Post #8479808

2nd image of the Purple Finch

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Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2011
10:58 PM

Post #8479809

Last image - Purple Finch

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

April 7, 2011
11:03 PM

Post #8479815

Beautiful, as always, Al.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2011
11:06 PM

Post #8479816

Thanks Margarett. I see I am not the only one up in the wee hours of the morning.

While I was photographing the Purple Finch, she popped in for a photo op.

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2011
11:11 PM

Post #8479818

I will end this session with one of my buddies - Tufted Titmouse. Here he/she is performing it's song here.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2011
11:12 PM

Post #8479819

Here he/she is sitting and checking out the area.

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

April 8, 2011
12:15 AM

Post #8479844

Ummm, I think you might be, Al. It's the middle of the afternoon here. LOL. Love the titmouse.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

April 8, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8480928

You sure are getting nice opportunities with your birds. Love them all.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2011
11:43 AM

Post #8511334

Ooops Margaret forgot the time difference.

Thanks Margaret and Burn.

Well, I decided to visit a local spot (Monticello Park in Alexandria, VA) that's a haven for migratory warblers and other not always seen by me birds. Some have arrived, but not the migration has not fully blossomed; however, I did get a lifter...Blue-headed Vireo. The photo isn't the best, but under the lighting condition and the distant from the bird this was the best I could muster. I plan to hit this spot quite a bit this spring during migration to try and capture some of the rare birds.

Again, the Blue-headed Vireo.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2011
11:44 AM

Post #8511336

I also spotted this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2011
11:47 AM

Post #8511343

After leaving Monticello Park, I stopped by Merkle Wildlife and spotted this Palm Warbler. When I took this shot, I had forgotten to change my settings (had it set for Osprey BIF) so the shot was badly underexposed by 2 stops, which left the image a bit noisy, so I had to recover the exposure in LR3. Fortunutely, I shoot in Raw so I had lots of headroom to correct the exposure a bit.

Palm Warbler

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2011
11:53 AM

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I always round my trip off at the Merkle nature center and while there I got this image of the Bluebird atop a bush. He and another male were not happy with each other as they were just a fighting. Here, although you can't tell, he was saying, what sound like to some bad words, under his breadth. He went after the other bird shortly after I took this photo. I'm sure it was all over some female. Boy the things we men go thru...

Unhappy Male Bluebird



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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2011
11:55 AM

Post #8511368

Here's a shot a White-throated Sparrow. It was eyeballing something.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2011
11:56 AM

Post #8511371

Here's another shot of the Sparrow. Here, it was eyeballing me.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 21, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8511405

Nice shots Al! Love the Blue-headed Vireo!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

April 21, 2011
6:37 PM

Post #8512259

Wow Al, wish I could take good pictures like you. So sharp and vivid.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

April 21, 2011
11:19 PM

Post #8512735

Lots of great shots Met!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
1:19 PM

Post #8534971

Hello everyone and thanks for taking the time to stop by and view my images.

It's been a minute, but I just can't get back as often as I'd like to update the thread, but then again, I think it's best to not over saturate things.

Well, I ventured to a new birding spot this Sunday; Battle Creek Cyprus Swamp Sanctuary. It is one of the northernmost sites of naturally occurring bald cypress trees in North America, and the only large stand of the trees on the western shore of Maryland. It has an elevated boardwalk (1/4 mile) that loops around the swampy area and through the Cypruss trees. I get there and the gate is closed to my surprise. The sign said the hours were 1-5pm on Sunday. I knew the hours, but I thought it was for the nature center; most places generally open the gates even though the nature center is closed. Well we know those hours are not good hours for us bird photographers. Determined to explore this new site, I parked just off to the side of the gate. I walked into the park and spotted the Gray Catbird, but it would not oblige me with any shots, so I continued on. I got near the boardwalk and realized I forgot something, so I had to walk back to the truck, but on the way back, the Catbird decides to let me get a few shots. So first up is the Gray Catbird. Oh and on the way back to the park there were about 5 deer that obliged me with some shots, so me forgetting something actually paid off. How about that. Plus, I had to entire swamp to myself, unbelievable.

Btw, I hope you'll don't mind my little story. I just sometimes thing a story is good to lead up to the photos; kinda put a perspective on things.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
1:21 PM

Post #8534977

The 2nd Catbird shot. For once, this bird did not dash into the underbrush before I fired off a couple shots.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
1:30 PM

Post #8534998

OK, now I enter the boardwalk and I'm thinking - "I wonder what luck I will have to day" As soon as I enter the swamp, I hear this call, which sounded familiar, but I was not absolutely sure what it was, but it was really close. I paused for a second and looked for movement and bingo when I saw the color of the bird, I then remembered the song from a not so good shot I got last summer. It is pretty dark in there and you have no choice but to raise your ISO. These shots were taken at ISO 1600 and I could only muster up a 1/200th SS, so that should give an idea of how dark it is in there. Anyway, I got a few decent shots as these little birds, like most, just zip from here to there.

Here is the Hooded Warbler.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
1:31 PM

Post #8534999

Here's one where he's captured a caterpillar

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8535003

Here, he's looking up at something

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
1:34 PM

Post #8535015

This is by far my best shot of the Hooded Warbler sitting on one of the Cypress tree knuckles. If I could capture more birds perched like this.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8535031

Ok, so things went well when I first entered the swamp, but it then dried up, but there were so many species of birds, but none came in shooting distant. However, throughout the swamp, I kept hearing the Northern Parula (pretty close, too), but it was hard to spot in there. So, I just made my rounds, because I wanted to explore as much of the swamp as possible. Well, I decided it was time to head home and my luck changed. This fella decided he wanted his picture taken.

The Northern Parula. These are my best shots to date. Again, I had to crank up the ISO to get the shots.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
1:39 PM

Post #8535035

2nd shot of the Parula

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
1:40 PM

Post #8535039

3rd shot of the Parula

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
1:41 PM

Post #8535043

Last shot of the Parula. Needless to say, I was thrilled to get these shots.

Take care and see you soon.

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
3:39 PM

Post #8535242

Nice shots of the Hooded Warbler and Northern Parula, Al. Ironically, I went there one time, early morning, and the same thing happened. The gates were closed. The only difference is, I left ... I haven't been back since !
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 2, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8535246

Beautiful shots of those beautiful little birds, Al, especially considering the shutter speed and ISO. Love the last one of the Hooded Warbler.
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 2, 2011
9:27 PM

Post #8536012

Sounds like a beautiful place Met! I would love seeing those Cypress trees! Gorgeous birds you caught! Love that Hooded Warbler!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 12, 2011
8:41 PM

Post #8559303

Thanks everyone. Charley, you need to head back up there and park just outside the gates. I think you might like it.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 13, 2011
6:43 AM

Post #8559857

Wonderful shots Met!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2011
4:51 PM

Post #8561187

Super shots of the Hooded Warbler and Parula Al, and liked your story that went along with it,.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:00 PM

Post #8589165

Thanks for viewing my photos and commenting everyone.

I've gone to Jugs Bay the past 2 weekends and as always I see the Brown Thrasher hopping about looking for worms, but this time I got lucky and finally saw who they were feeding.

Mommy Thrasher and baby in tow...begging for some food. Since they were on different focal planes the image only has the mother in focus, but you can see the little one, too.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:01 PM

Post #8589168

Then mommy gives me this look

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:04 PM

Post #8589172

Mommy flew off, but baby Thrasher sat there long enough to get a shot

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:06 PM

Post #8589175

I went back this past weekend to check in on the Chicadee family and spotted the little Thrasher again. Mommy chastised it just before I took this photo as if she told to stay out of sight.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:07 PM

Post #8589177

This is the last one of the little Thrasher

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:10 PM

Post #8589183

Next are a couple shots looking for some worms

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:11 PM

Post #8589185

One last shot of the Brown Thrasher. They are plentiful at Jugs Bay. I see them every year.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8589194

Here's a couple shots of the Eastern Phoebe. One thing I notice is that when birds are looking for food they don't pay too much attention to me and that's when I get some great shots. They some time just pop up right in front of me like this little one and it was perched nicely.






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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8589195

Just one more of the same little birdy

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:17 PM

Post #8589197

Then I got a shot of Dracula...blaaaaa

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8589201

Back on the home front (backyard). I snap some shots of the unusual suspects. Here's a Blue Jay looking for some of those peanuts.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:19 PM

Post #8589204

Next up is the Morning Dove. Perched beautifully

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:20 PM

Post #8589208

And she's been all over the suet cakes feeding the little ones

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8589213

And this one here can eat anything and by any method, even hanging upside down on the suet cake like the woodpeckers, chicadees and titmice. They are truly survivors.

Starling

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
4:24 PM

Post #8589217

Oh, one more Bluejay

Take care 'til next time

Enjoy



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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 26, 2011
6:53 PM

Post #8589603

Excellent shots Met!
VA_Wild_Rose
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2011
8:53 PM

Post #8589859

Wonderful shots as always Met!
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

May 27, 2011
12:12 AM

Post #8590075

Wowee, Al, they are absolutely brilliant!
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 28, 2011
9:27 AM

Post #8592702

Thanks again for taking the time to visit my thread.

Take care.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:37 PM

Post #8611713

Hello again. Well my luck with photographing little babies fledging has not been good this season, but my nest finding is up 200%.

I was watching this Chicadee family for a couple weeks in hopes of catching the little ones fledging. I did not get to see them fledge, but I got some photos of the parents doing what parents do. Below is a series of the images

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
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June 5, 2011
7:37 PM

Post #8611714

Chicadee #2

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:39 PM

Post #8611718

Chicadee #3

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:39 PM

Post #8611721

Chicadee #4

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:40 PM

Post #8611724

Chicadee #5

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:41 PM

Post #8611727

Last Chicadee

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:47 PM

Post #8611737

Well, as a stated previously, I had been watching the Chicadee family hoping to catch the little ones fledge, but on my last visit when I rounded the corner, I spotted these two Bluebirds preparing to take up shelter in the nest box, so I knew the Chicadee family was gone. These two Bluebirds were bringing nesting material so I hoped to be able to follow that family, but when I went back last weekend, I saw no signs of the Bluebirds - well strike 2 for me. Here are the Bluebirds

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:48 PM

Post #8611741

She was keeping an eye on me

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:49 PM

Post #8611743

And, he was keeping a close eye on me, too.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:51 PM

Post #8611750

Here, I backed away from the nest box a bit so they would not feel threatend and she finally came to the box.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:53 PM

Post #8611752

Here she is peeping out the nest box. Well I hope they indeed decided to make the nest box their home. I will check back to see.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:58 PM

Post #8611765

I was off a few days this week and besides taking my daughter to the zoo, I went birding on a Friday, something that happens rarely. On my way back from visiting the Bluebirds, I decided to visit one of the local places I visit from time to time. I saw the usual Wood duck family - mom in tow with 6 babies and bunch of Grackles, the Least Flycatcher and I spotted yet another bird nest. This time it was the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. So, again I am hoping to spot the little ones fledge. Since this is a local place, I can get to it after work if need be so we will see. Wish me luck. Here's the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher's nest.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
7:59 PM

Post #8611767

2nd shot of her in the nest

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
8:04 PM

Post #8611776

I went to another favorite spot today, Huntley Meadows, hoping to catch the Red-wing Blackbird family fledge. Yes, I found yet another nesting bird family, but momma is still feeding them so hopefully I will see them fledge. It was slow, but I did capture this beauty - Red-wing Blackbird.

Alright take care and as always thanks for stopping in and viewing my photos.

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Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
8:06 PM

Post #8611779

RWBB #2

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2011
8:07 PM

Post #8611781

Last RWBB shot

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

June 5, 2011
8:54 PM

Post #8611865

Fantastic shots, Al. The first one of the little Gnatcatcher in the nest is perfect. I hope you get to see the chicks fledge.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 6, 2011
4:33 AM

Post #8612129

Wonderful shots Al!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 7, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8616197

Love the nesting photos Al, hopefully you'll get to see them all fledged.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #8963902

Hello everyone and happy new year. Well, it's been awhile since I've been through. I hope everyone has been doing well and capturing many bird shots. Well, I will start of the new year with a lifer for me. This little guy was following or chasing another wren and I guest they got separted, but he or she gave me the pleasure to capture some images of it. These images were capture at one of the local spots I visit - Jugs Bay.

The Winter Wren

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2012
4:46 PM

Post #8963912

2nd image

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #8963913

last image

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #8963916

Well, here's one more

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #8963954

Beautiful images, Al. Glad to see you posting again. My camera gear is getting rusty since I have recently been doing very little photography. However, I was down your way over the weekend. I went to Schoolhouse Pond in Upper Marlboro to look for the Wilson's Snipes that have been seen there. I did see a number of them but too far away for the lens. Not much else there outside of a Belted Kingfisher and a few Northern Shovelers. I was also looking for a Black-headed Gull that was seen there last week but no luck.

Again, glad to see you back ...
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 11, 2012
10:22 PM

Post #8964381

Lovely shots of the little one, Al and yes, good to see you again. Happy New Year.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 14, 2012
3:07 AM

Post #8966979

Thanks Charley and Margaret. I've been shooting once a week as usual, but have been doing lots of sports photography lately, but this remains my passion though. I do pop in ever so often to see what's going on. Hope all is well with you'll. Margaret, how's the 500? Lith, you need to knock the rust off of the gear. I may head up to the North tract this weekend - have not been there for awhile.

Take care.

Al
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 15, 2012
7:31 PM

Post #8969281

Beautiful shots met! You captured great detail on this sweet little bird.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 15, 2012
8:08 PM

Post #8969319

Hi Al. I haven't been using the 500 lately. The 400 and especially the 300 are better for grabbing flight shots. But when I do use the 500, I love it. I got myself a 7D as well. That's a beautiful camera.

Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #8973268

Thanks Pelletory.

Margaret, I see you can some new equipment. How do you like the 7D?

Here's the American Coot



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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2012
3:05 PM

Post #8973269

Here's the Coot's alien feet

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2012
3:05 PM

Post #8973270

last Coot

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

January 18, 2012
3:58 PM

Post #8973340

Nice shots, Al. They are the strangest feet, aren't they?

I love the 7D, but there are a couple of improvements I'd like to see.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 18, 2012
4:44 PM

Post #8973380

Al, Those are wonderful shots! I just love their feet.
Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #8974646

Thanks. Here's are 2 more shots before I begin a new thread.

Here I found a couple that were sitting on an egg (Tucson Az - Sweetwater Wetlands)

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 19, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #8974649

last one she's preparing to sit on the egg.

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