Daily Archives: May 26, 2023

Biggest Week in American Biding! Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler: Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Oak Harbor, Ohio, USA, May 2023 — The Prothonotary Warblers nest in Magee Marsh, many of them close to the boardwalk…and at least one pair in a post on the boardwalk…the rangers have to put up “crime scene tape” every year to keep the birders at least a foot away…and still the warblers nest there. They are easy to see, complexity fearless, and close! Some years they are just arriving at the end of the Biggest Week…but this year, strange year that it was, there were at least 3 pairs already nesting near the boardwalk (and another pair on the boardwalk a the Nature Center at Maumee Bay). And I am sure many other pairs nesting out of sight. This one was singing happily only a yard or so from the boardwalk. Gotta love them! OM-Systems OM-1 with 100-400mm zoom at 800mm equivalent. Program mode with my evolving bird modifications. ISO 200 @ f6.3 @ 1/640th. -.3EV.

India! Plum-headed Parakeet

Plum-headed Parakeet: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, March 2023 — There are only two parrot species regularly seen in Rajasthan…or rather maybe I should say “there are” two parrot species that can be seen in Rajasthan. The Rose-ringed Parakeet is super common and super abundant…but I had to look at a lot of Rose-ringed before I saw my first Plum-headed! And the two of them, both females, turned out to be the only Plum-headed Parakeets we saw on the whole trip. These two were very far away…in the top of a very tall tree, and a good ways down the road the way we had already come. This is a deep crop…the bird is tiny in the full frame. Still, it is one of only three photos I managed of Plum-headed Parakeet. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Pixelmator Pro and Apple Photos. ISO 100 @ f5 @ 1/1000th. +1EV