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.



  1. You're slacking. You should take more pictures......

    1. Yeah, I only took 2058 photos that day