Nesting Time!

Today’s post comes from my recent trip to Magee Marsh (northern Ohio) to capture the migrating warblers. Near the end of my trip, I ran across 3 separate Yellow Warbler Nests being built. In today’s post, I’m featuring a nest that was being built, directly above the marsh’s boardwalk.

Bringing in nesting materials:

Yellow Warbler at nest

Weaving the material into the nest:

Yellow Warbler working on nest

Checking out the “feel”:

Yellow Warbler on nest

Coming up … more Magee Marsh trip images.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1000 (all images)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images)
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. and 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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A Fiery Fourth!

Today’s post features some of my favorite images that I captured on the Fourth of July, over the Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri). I had a perfect, front-row seat to a fantastic display of fireworks:

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Fireworks Over the Lake of the Ozarks

Quite a patriotic show!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod and ballhead, with IS “Off”
  • ISO 100
  • Aperture f/11
  • Shutter Variable times, from 7.2 seconds to 21 seconds (shot in “Bulb” mode)

 

 

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Lake View

Well, back at home for a while.  I’ve been at the Lake of the Ozarks, photographing landscapes and fireworks at the lake. A few days before the Fourth, a pop-up thunderstorm resulted in a wonderful rainbow stretching over the lake:

Rainbow over the Lake of the Ozarks

Rainbow over the Lake of the Ozarks

Coming up … fireworks over the lake.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 28-135mm f/3.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/125 sec.

 

 

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The One That Didn’t Get Away!

Today’s post features a hungry, Cape May warbler as it seeks out and captures an insect that is hiding among the crevices of a tree trunk (also captured at Magee Marsh in north Ohio).

In the first image, the warbler is stretched out, as it zeroes in on an insect:

Cape May warbler

In this next image, you can barely see the insect (a May fly?) in his mouth:

Cape May warbler with insect

Below is a radically enlarged image (well beyond good resolution), showing the insect:

Cape May warbler with insect (heavily cropped)

Coming up … more warblers and a few other subjects.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1600 (all images)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images). Due to the frequent and sudden movements that warblers exhibit, a high ISO was required to assure any movement was “frozen”.
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. (all images)

 

 

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Cape May Warbler, Part 1

Not!!! I apologize for the mis-identification of this lovely bird.  As a couple of birding friends pointed out, this is a male Black-throated Green Warbler, not a Cape May.  Sorry for the misinformation!

Today’s post features another colorful warbler, another “lifer” that I captured during this year’s spring warbler migration at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (northern Ohio).

The Black-throated Green warbler was probably the prevalent warbler I saw during Day 1 of my visit. They seemed to be everywhere! Colorful and flashy, I captured many images of this beautiful warbler.  Today I’m featuring some of my favorites in Part 1:

Cape May warbler, male

Cape May warbler, male

Cape May Warbler, male

Male Cape May warbler singing

Coming up … more warbler images, as well as additional species I captured at Magee Marsh.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 (all images)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images). Due to the frequent and sudden movements that warblers exhibit, a high ISO was required to assure any movement was “frozen”.
  • Shutter 1/320 sec. thru 1/1600 sec.

 

 

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Blackburnian Warbler

Today’s post features one of my favorite warblers that I photographed during the spring warbler migration at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, in norther Ohio … the Blackburnian Warbler.

The Blackburnian Warbler is a very strikingly colorful warbler. Unfortunately, I only saw a few of these jewels in the trees … and most were high in the trees. But I was able to capture a few decent images. Here are some of my favorites:

Blackburnian Warbler male

Blackburnian Warbler male

Blackburnian Warbler male

Blackburnian Warbler male

Coming up … more warblers from Magee Marsh.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1600 (all)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images). Due to the frequent and sudden movements that warblers exhibit, a high ISO was required to assure any movement was “frozen”.
  • Shutter 1/1000 sec. thru 1/2000 sec.

 

 

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Black-Throated Blue Warblers

I’m now back home after a week’s trip to Nebraska and then to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Quite a travel experience … I-29 roads are flooded in some areas, requiring detours, but the trip was otherwise good. I was able to spend some times at the falls in Sioux Falls … I’ll be sharing those images later.

Today’s post features the Black-throated Blue Warbler, which was a new bird for me. Such a colorful warbler! This warbler species was seen quite frequently while I navigated the boardwalk at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, located in northern Ohio. Here are a few of my favorite Black-throated Blue Warbler images:

Black-throated Blue Warbler, male

Black-throated Blue Warbler, male

Black-throated Blue Warbler, male

Black-throated Blue Warbler male

Black-throated Blue Warbler male

Coming up … more colorful warblers from Magee Marsh!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, shot from 235mm to 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 1000 and ISO 1600
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images). Due to the frequent and sudden movements that warblers exhibit, a high ISO was required to assure any movement was “frozen”.
  • Shutter 1/160 sec. thru 1/800 sec.

 

 

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Magee’s Chestnut-sided Warblers

Today’s post, the second post of warblers migrating through Magee Marsh (northern Ohio), features the colorful Chestnut-sided Warbler. Here are a few of my favorite images, all from Day #1 of my 3-day photo trip at the Marsh:

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Coming up … more wonderful warblers captured at Magee Marsh!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 (all images)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images). Due to the frequent and sudden movements that warblers exhibit, a high ISO was required to assure any movement was “frozen”.
  • Shutter 1/640 sec. thru 1/2000 sec.
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Magee’s Magnolia Warblers

Today’s post features one of the many migrating warbler species I photographed recently at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, in northern Ohio, the Magnolia Warbler. The Magnolia warbler is one of my favorite warblers to see. I love the beautiful black “streaks” on the yellow chest … such a wonderful contrast of colors!

Here are a few of my favorite images of the Magnolia Warbler, captured on the first day at Magee Marsh:

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

All of these images were captured on the first day at Magee Marsh. Coming up … more warbler species photographed at Magee Marsh!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, all shot at 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500 (top image), 800 (image #2-#3), and ISO 1600 (bottom image)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (all images). Due to the frequent and sudden movements that warblers exhibit, a high ISO was required to assure any movement was “frozen”.
  • Shutter 1/80 sec. thru 1/640 sec.

 

 

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Magee’s “Big Birds”

Today’s post comes from my recent photo trip to Magee Marsh, in northern Ohio, along Lake Erie. Magee Marsh is noted as a stopover for migrating warblers heading north, into Canada. But more than warblers visit this fabulous location!

The second bird I saw at the Marsh, even before entering the boardwalk, was a pair of Trumpeter Swans. Both swans were “stained” with a rust color, much like the coloration of immature, first summer swans. Here are a few of my favorite captures:

Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swans

Coming up … features of the many species of Warblers that I photographed along Magee’s boardwalk.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6 IS lens, shot from 210mm to 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 800 (top 3 images) and ISO 1000 (bottom image)
  • Aperture f/5.6 (top 3 images) and Aperture f/32 (bottom image)
  • Shutter 1/125 sec. thru 1/1600 sec.

 

 

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