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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

World Bird Wednesday XXVI


                             Making A Splash
I have been spending many a happy hour the last couple of weeks haunting a swamp about thirty miles from my home. I am intoxicated with the big birds that collect there and the challenge of photographing them in-flight and hunting. It doesn't take long to get good at anticipating the fishing stroke of a Great egret. They like to stand upright and nonchalant in the water waiting for their prey to swim close. When the neck coils and the head lowers in preparation for the strike its time to ready your shutter finger for action. Many a happy accident has occurred prophesying the moment of truth this way. This stylised splash (I see a fish!) is an example of that.
Now that I've made several trips into the Fish Point Wildlife Area my eye has begun to drift from the Grand Marque birds and settle on some of the smaller yet equally mesmerising perching songbirds. Hot out of my camera from yesterdays little jaunt through a Great Lake's wetland and here for your consideration are a trio of small fries that made a big splash on my birding week! 

Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum)
  With sights such as these I sometimes wonder why I am alone in the wetlands so often. Where are the others? Talk about marching to a different drummer or taking the road less traveled. If you want some elbow room at a crowded pub try starting a conversation with, "I'll bet you would have enjoyed being with me in the swamp today!" That should do it.

Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
 "Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music"

                                                                                                                               Friedrich Nietzsche

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

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