Migration

Wilson’s Phalarope – Slender and Delicately Featured

Out west, Wilson’s Phalarope is a common breeder and abundant, however, it is uncommon in the east, although it does breed in southeastern Ontario (Source: Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion). On the morning of August 15 as I headed out, the rain made me wonder if bird photography on this day would be a worthwhile pursuit; however, the weather forecast suggested it wouldn’t last most of the day.

Scarlet Tanager – Not Always Near Treetop Level

The photo below typifies the usual habitat and height at which I observe Scarlet Tanagers. The male is a stunning treetop tanager of mature eastern forests. As such, it can be somewhat difficult filling the frame and you are pretty much at the mercy of Mother Nature when it comes to good lighting conditions, especially beneath a shadowy canopy. Nonetheless, this photo, made at Point Pelee NP in Ontario during spring migration in on May 9, represents one of my better efforts at photographing a Scarlet Tanager near treetop level.

Black-throated Blue Warbler – Magee Marsh, Ohio

I experimented quite a bit with various camera settings during my visit to Magee Marsh, Ohio back in May. In addition, I was giving my new Canon EF 400mm DO IS II USM Lens a true workout. I attached a Canon 1.4x teleconverter to it and because I wanted good reach and yet be able to handhold this lens, I combined it with my Canon 7D Mark II body (900mm equivalent focal length). I had no difficulty handholding this combination for several hours each day.

Bay-breasted Warbler – Magee Marsh, Ohio

On my week-long May trip to Magee Marsh in Ohio, Bay-breasted Warbler was another warbler species that I obtained great views of, several of which I am posting here. I've included more than my typical number of photos for a post because, in my opinion, they help highlight key ID features, they capture an interesting behaviour or they capture an interesting pose. I hope you enjoy them.

American Redstart – Apparent Fall Out at Magee Marsh

I had several chances to photograph American Redstart during my week-long visit to Magee Marsh in Ohio during The Biggest Week in American Birding festival held there in May. There was one day in particular when it seemed that everywhere I looked there was another American Redstart. On a few occasions, I got point blank looks at them and made several pictures.

Prothonotary Warbler

The name "Prothonotary" originally referred to a group of official scribes in the Catholic Church who wore bright yellow hoods, as this bird appears to do (source: Audubon.org). After seeing this bird for the first time at Rondeau Provincial Park along Lake Erie in Ontario on the first day of my trip destined for Magee Marsh, Ohio, USA, I subsequently saw it pretty much every day during my trip, including at Point Pelee National Park, also along Lake Erie in Ontario, and during many of my days at Magee Marsh.

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