American Redstart: Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Oak Harbor, Ohio, USA, May 2023 — You had to wonder how the major blow-down that decimated the cottonwood canopy at Magee Marsh would effect the birds use of the area during migration. And certainly there have been changes over the past two years in the timing and staging of the migration at Magee…but the main change has been for photographers. Before the blow-down the light at Magee was challenging under the canopy…not, not so much so. Sunlight reaches right down to ground level and spotlights skulking birds like this American Redstart. 🙂 While I suspect the blow-down had a major impact on insect life in the marsh, evidently there are still enough bugs to attract the avian visitors in the spring. OM System OM-1 with 100-400mm zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my evolving birds modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro. ISO 250 @ f6.3 @ 1/640th. -.3EV.
White-fronted Kingfisher: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, March 2023 — One last shot the the White-fronted Kingfisher that was hunting the picnic area behind the canteen at the end of the Keoladeo access road the first day we visited there. Several times while we were sitting at the picnic table it flew down to probe the ground for grubs. That bill is a multifunction tool. Such an amazing bird! Sony Rx10iv at 595mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f4 @ 1500th.