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Sunday, May 28, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
This afternoon I noticed an Osprey flying over my yard. Luckily my camera was handy and I was able to get a couple of shots as it flew across the patch of sky not blocked out by trees.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
|No stone left unturned|
|Saving some leftovers|
|Great Blue Heron|
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Drove across the state this morning to the shores of Lake Huron unsuccessfully chasing a Fork-tailed Flycatcher. According to more punctual birders I missed the Fork-tail by 2 hours. In the three hours that I searched for the target bird I saw some more pedestrian neotropic migrants.
|Immature Summer Tanager|
|Female Baltimore Oriole|
Saturday, May 13, 2017
|Seventh State record Golden-crowned Sparrow|
It had lots of sparrow company around the feeders behind the Point Gift Shop.
|American Tree Sparrow|
The Siskins were fueling up for their trip across the big lake they call Gitche Gumee.
Other migrants passing Whitefish Point include....
Monday, May 8, 2017
A Neotropic Cormorant, whose normal range goes from extreme southern Texas all the way down through most of South America. turned up last week in the Tahquamenon River in the eastern UP.
|Neotropic Cormorant flanked by two of the Double-Crested variety|
Meanwhile at Whitefish Point
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Just north of Manistee a Loggerhead Shrike has been hanging out on Bar Lake Rd. for a few days. On Friday I made the forty minute drive but could not find the bird. After not seeing any reports of it on Saturday, it was sighted again in the same area by Leonard Graf at 10:45 this morning. So early this afternoon I finally caught up with the little impaler as it hunted from the power lines right alongside the road.
What's remarkable in the unremarkable photo below is that the dark speck near the center is Bald Eagle flying at very high altitude.
|Bald Eagle spotted without optical aid and photographed with a 500mm lens and 1.4x converter|
How high you ask? Well let's do the math. First we have to figure what its angular size is. The easiest way to do this is to compare it to an object of a known angular size. After the sunset on Thursday the waning crescent Moon was high in the evening sky. So I took a photo of it using the same set up that the eagle photo was taken.
|Moon shot with 500mm lens and 1.4x converter|
|Cut and pasted Eagle onto Moon while maintaining scale of respective photographs.|