Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 09 Jun 2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male) at the feeder this evening. Finally got a nice gorget photo via digiscoping!

A Baltimore Oriole made a brief appearance at the jelly feeder.

The evening ended w/ a lovely double-rainbow.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 06 Jun 2016

Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeder this afternoon.

Too Big to Swallow! - 28 May 2016

A flock of American White Pelicans at Pt. Mouillee SGA in n. Monroe Co., MI were foraging in Cell 3 of the Banana Unit. While I spent most of the time photographing them w/ the Nikon D7100 and 300/2.8 VRII I saw individual trying to swallow a catfish. It wasn't fairing well, at all...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Curlew Sandpiper! - 13 May 2016

Yesterday, Steve Jones stumbled upon an ABA Code 3 Curlew Sandpiper at the corner of Angola and Raab Rds in Swanton, OH. The Code 3 status means that only 1 or 2 birds are seen annually in North America, and that fact that this bird was found in breeding plumage made it even more special. I was able to digiscope it from ~150' away!

Wakodahatchee Wetlands, FL - 04 May 2016

I hopped on the Florida Turnpike and headed north about an hour’s drive to Delray Beach, Fl and Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The 56-acre wastewater treatment facility houses the state’s largest Wood Stork rookery, and the ~½ mile boardwalk wends its way through several ponds and a waterbird paradise.

Gray Kingbird

Purple Swamphen

Least Bittern

Black-necked Stilt on nest

Glossy Ibis chicks and Tricolored Heron chick foreground

Burrowing Owls! - 04 May 2016

While in Miami I drove to Brian Piccolo County Park to look for Burrowing Owls. Sunrise at 7 am provided some nice digiscoping opportunities from about 40' away. Zeiss 85T*Fl, 40X W eyepiece, Sony a6300, Sigma 30mm f/2.8, Digidapter.

Digiscoping Lizards - 02 May 2016

While in Miami, FL for several days I visited Crandon Park and tried digiscoping some shorebirds. I then visited Fairchild Gardens, where birds were largely absent, but the lizards were not. So, I digiscoped everything from Spiny Iguanas to smaller Basilisk Lizards to tiny Anoles. Zeiss 85T*Fl, 40X W eyepiece, Sony a6300, Sigma 30mm f/2.8, Digidapter.