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Biggest Week in American Birding: singing loud

House Wren: Estuary Trail, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Oak Harbor, Ohio, USA, May 2024 — I took my first group of Point and Shoot for Warblers group out the beginning of the trail around the back of the marsh, on the other side of the channel from the boardwalk. We did not see a lot of warblers…just enough to practice on…but we had a couple of good wrens singing. A bit far away, and not quite out in the open, but still good. Gotta love the wren attitude. OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent (pretty severe crop). Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Biggest Week in American Birding! Song too big for the frame

Yellow Warbler: Estuary Trail, Crane Creek State Park/Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, Ohio, USA, May 2024 — The frame cannot really contain the song. Yellow Warblers, of course, were everywhere at Magee, on and off the boardwalk…singing somewhere nearby just about whenever you stopped to listen. They are nesting birds at the marsh and well into the cycle. This one was along the trail that loops around the back of the marsh on the far side of the channel from the boardwalk. Singing away! OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Florida! Purple

Purple Gallinule: Orlando Wetlands Park, Christmas, Florida, USA, January 2024 — Certainly one of the primary target birds at Orlando Wetlands is the Purple Gallinule. I had to walk a long way to find one. 🙂 Worth it though. Check out that foot! It enables the bird to walk on the lily pads without sinking them as it hunts. OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Maine! More Tree Swallow action

Tree Swallow: York County, Maine, USA, May 2024 — A little more Tree Swallow action from the marsh. Such pretty, elegant, little birds. I would like to say that I worked hard to catch this exact moment and used the ProCapture feature of the camera to help…but I didn’t. It was a happy accident, such as happens to all bird photographers from time to time. 🙂 Especially with birds as active as Tree Swallows. OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds in flight and action mode (okay, that much forethought went into it…I did know action was likely to happen). Processed in Photomator.

Biggest Week in American Birding! All kinds of funky blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird: Magee Marsh Boardwalk, Oak Harbor, Ohio, USA, May 2024 — One of the changes since the big blow-down at Magee Marsh is an exponential increase in the number of Red-winged Blackbirds using the area…or at least that is the way it seems to me. RWBB were everywhere…very visible, very vocal…and I suspect competing heavily for the same food sources as the warblers. Now, I like Red-winged Blackbirds, but if they are disrupting the flow of warblers through the marsh I am not sure that is a good thing. Anyway, I do enjoy their attitude, and the large numbers meant that there was always some territorial display going on. OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Maine! Ownership dispute

Tree Swallows: York County, Maine, USA, May 2024 — So who owns this Bluebird box anyway? These two Tree Swallows are ready to fight over it…but in the end the Bluebirds are likely to claim it…they did last year. 🙂 Interestingly there were a group of at least a dozen Tree Swallows around the tidal stream when I went out…and none at all when I came back. They do nest somewhere in area. I will see the young on the rail of the bridge before long. OM System OM-1MKii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds in flight and action modifications. Processed in Photomator and assembled in FrameMagic.

Biggest Week in American Birding! Kinglets

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Magee Marsh Boardwalk, Oak Harbor, Ohio, May 2024 — While warbler numbers, individuals, not so much species, were definitely way down this year at Magee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet numbers were definitely way up. They were everywhere…and that’s good from a photographer’s point of view, because if there is anything harder to photograph than a feeding warbler, it is a feeding Ruby-crowned Kinglet. They seem to be trying to be everywhere in the bush at the same time…never setting for more than a second in any one spot. You can waste a lot of bound electrons chasing them. OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Biggest Week in American Birding! Lonely and only

Black-throated Green Warbler: Magee Marsh Boardwalk, Oak Harbor, Ohio, USA, May 2024 — Nothing told the story of the strange year at Magee quite so loudly as the almost total lack of Black-throated Green Warblers…often the most present of warblers in the marsh…everywhere and in your face constantly. There may have been more Black-throated Greens the first week of the festival, but I only saw this one individual, my first day at Magee, and then not a single one the rest of the week. I am glad I took quite a few shots of this one. He might look like he is singing, but he is actually swallowing a spider. 🙂 OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Biggest Week in American Birding: My favorite!

Blackburnian Warbler: Magee Marsh Boardwalk, Oak Harbor, Ohio, May 2024 — I had to wait until today to photograph my favorite warbler: the Blackburnian. I found two more or less cooperative individuals on what turned out to be a mostly sunny day on the Boardwalk. Blackburnians are warblers of the high canopy, and I have only ever seen them anywhere near eye-level at Magee. This year, or a least today, they hovered a bit above that and most of my shots are looking up. Still, such a stunning bird! OM System OM-1 with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Biggest Week in American Birding! Oriole vs spider

Baltimore Oriole: Magee Marsh Boardwalk, Oak Harbor, Ohio, May 2024 — The spider, or at least its egg sack, did not stand a chance in the long run against the Oriole, but the sticky thread put up a good fight. OM System OM-1Mkii with M.Zuiko 100-400IS zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom bird modifications. Processed in Photomator.