Saturday, May 17, 2014

Want Flies With That? Magee Marsh 5/16/2014

  The Magee Marsh boardwalk was loaded with warblers yesterday affording everyone up-close views and photo-ops.  In anticipation of the close encounters I added newly purchased extension tubes between my camera and 500 mm lens.  The 32 mm of extension tubes render my camera rig near-sighted to a point where the far focus (normally ∞) is down to 35' but an advantage is gained on the close focus range which drops from 16' 5" down to 10'8".  Did I miss not being able to focus past 35'?  Not really, because almost any bird farther than 35' was partially or fully obscured by vegetation.  The 6 feet of gained close focus enabled me to get photos of some very cooperative feeding birds  
Chestnut-sided Warbler eating caterpillar 

And an order of flies

Bay-breasted Warbler

Scarlet Tanager

You got a little something right there.

 Here are some photos of warblers without their mouths full.

Golden-winged Warbler
Prothontary Warbler

Female Cape May Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler craning for a view

Northern Parula

Common Yellowthroat

Blackburnian Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Mrs. Black-throated Blue Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

No, you're sideways.

  Some interesting non-warblers were also seen.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lake Erie Metropark North American Migration Count 5/10/2014

   Scoured every corner of Lake Erie Metropark and counted every bird. Ended up with an even 70 species haven't totaled the individual numbers yet.   Here are some photos presented in the order in which they were taken.  

  At this point I changed locations in the park and swapped lenses on the camera.  The quality of the photos improved with the 500mm lens.