Friday, May 4, 2012 - After a quick breakfast, I headed to Magee Marsh at about 7:00. In the past I have found it difficult to find the correct turn into the Marsh. I remember one year wandering the levees and dikes with my heavy 500 mm lens and gear. That was not productive. This time it was easy to find. Just follow all of the other warbler watchers. My guess is that this would be a good time for the birds because of the warm southerly breezes all during the previous week. There were quite a few. Yellow warblers,
|Black and White Warbler|
In the middle of the day, a large thunderstorm moved in. Fortunately, I checked the radar on the smartphone, and headed for cover, just before huge drops of rain started to pelt down. After a half hour the rain stopped and it was back to the warblers with a few other birds thrown in. There were quite a few Black and White warblers and this is one of my better captures. Then, the Yellow warbler as the variety was at Magee Marsh is just amazing. To finish off the day, it was a bird of a different feather. This time a grackle. These are actually very photogenic with the green head and the bright eye. This again was a pleasure to photograph as it was not nearly as active as a warbler. Well there were a few other birds, such as this one which I do not really recognize, perhaps a red-winged blackbird? After a lunch of a few crackers with peanut butter I was famished. So, I headed a restaurant called Cinco de Mayo - on the 4th of May! The food was great and the beer was cold. I was wondering what birds would surprise me the next day.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
To Be Continued ..................................