Spring

Canada Warbler – Magee Marsh, Ohio

Canada Warbler is one of my favourite warblers to view and photograph. The combination of blue-gray upperparts and yellow underparts combined with a bold necklace in males makes for a very attractive warbler. This past May at Magee Marsh in Ohio during The Biggest Week in American Birding I got a few opportunities to improve on my Canada Warbler library of photos, a few of which I’ve included here.

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.

Indigo Bunting – Hamilton, Ontario

As happens more than I would expect, I find myself heading out the door for one target species and returning home with something completely unexpected. I headed out looking for a Blue-winged Warbler and decided to take along my Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens. I attached my 2x teleconverter to this lens, which combined with my Canon 7D Mark II camera body provided an effective 1280mm focal length.

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.

Eastern Meadowlark Carrying Insects to Nest

While looking across fields near the US (New York state)-Canadian border near Elgin, Quebec, I came across a few Eastern Meadowlarks. One in particular caught my attention as it sat on a wire with some type of bug in its bill. After grabbing a few photos, this bird flew back into the field and landed at what appeared to be its nesting area. It still had the bug in its bill so I assumed it was bringing back food to its nest.

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