Roseate Spoonbill -Winning Entry

Roseate spoonbills are an absolute treat to watch -gorgeous in stunning pink, these birds are mostly found in southeastern US.   They are often mistaken for flamingoes, but can be easily recognized by their signature bills which are uniquely shaped and hence the name!   I’ve photographed a few of these birds in the past, but this one turned out to be a winner!  You can see the winning entries at http://www.orangeaudubonfl.org/Audubon-Contest-Winners_2017.htm

 

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Against the backdrop of Fall foliage

 

This autumn has been exceedingly pleasant despite the heated rhetoric on both sides that may lead to the winter of our discontent!  I’ve tried to capitalize on this Indian Summer and take in the beauty of the natural landscape.  As the leaves begin to transform and display their rich hues before falling off, the season offers excellent opportunities to photograph the dazzling colors of the foliage and the birds that get ready to migrate to warm weather.  Trying to spot tiny birds such as warblers high up in the branches can be quite challenging but when you do, it is indeed a fulfilling moment.  The Palm Warbler and the White-breasted Nuthatch below were photographed at the Celery Bog in West Lafayette, while the rest were taken at the Audubon Sanctuary in Bent of the River, Southbury, CT.

Palm Warbler ? Fall Plumagae

Palm Warbler

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White Breasted Nuthatch

Yellow rumped warbler in CT

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow rumped warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Ruby crowned Kinglet?

Ruby Crowned Kinglet

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

 

Prey vs Predator

Despite its name, the Yellow-Crowned Night-heron (YCNH) forages during the day as well as night and is found mostly in the coastal regions of the Southeast.   Typically a solitary creature, it loves to feed on crustaceans, with crab delicacy an all time favorite.   I chanced upon this juvenile YCNH that appeared to catch a crab or was it the other way round!  It was hard to distinguish prey from predator as the drama unfolded, until finally…

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Spring at last!

Spring has been playing hide and seek this season and I finally managed to get a glimpse of migratory birds at the Celery Bog…

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler

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Northern Waterthrush

swallows

Tree Swallows

Great blue heron

Great Blue Heron

chickadee

Chickadee

spotted sandpiper amongst turtles

Spotted Sandpiper amidst turtles

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Wood Ducks

 

 

Spring Bonanza

The quintessential joy of birding lies in the fact that each new outing brings a fresh perspective, in spite of seeing the same species again, especially when they are Spring migrants such as pretty little warblers that restlessly flit from branch to branch.  Spotting a new species definitely adds to the excitement and I was able to capture two first time species -White throated Sparrow and Ruby crowned Kinglet.

White throated Sparrow

White throated Sparrow

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Yellow Rumped Warblers

Last weekend was absolutely gorgeous, quite reminiscent of an Indian Summer and was perfect for a stroll in the woods!   As I gently tread on the bed of leaves looking at the barren foliage for signs of birdlife, a whole bunch of Cedar Waxwings swooped down and landed on the branches only to fly away, but they kept coming back.   And beautiful Yellow Rumped Warblers although not as striking as in their Spring plumage were flitting from branch to branch, ever so restless, which makes it very difficult to photograph them, The World of Warblers

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