Springtime Wildlife

May 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I'll admit, I think I have become obsessed in trying to get a great shot of a Yellow Warbler.  They navigate the thin, tangled branches of high shrubbery and trees searching for insects.  Occasionally, one will pause to sing.  However, most of the time they are heard but not seen.  This time, the little singer paused for a short song and I was able to capture this image.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/4 @ 420mm, 1/1200, ISO 200)

 

It was a very windy day at Moraine State Park and was pretty neat that this warbler could hang onto the tree limb and continue singing.  Below is a short video clip of a Yellow Warbler singing and answering another Warbler's song.  I wonder what they are saying!

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler (Video: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III @ 420mm)

 

This next photo is probably the best Yellow Warbler shot I ever got.  Maybe now I can give it a rest and focus on other wildlife.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/6.3 @ 420mm, 1/400, ISO 200)

 

The Eastern Phoebe is a small bird that is usually found near water. It will perch in branches watching for insects to fly by. When it sees one it will fly out, grab the insect, and return to its perch. Although I've seen them at Moraine State Park, this Eastern Phoebe was photographed at Pymatuning State park.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/4 @ 420mm, 1/800, ISO 200)

 

The White-breasted Nuthatch is a woodland bird usually seen hopping headfirst down tree trunks in a circular pattern.  While most other birds travel upwards, the upside down Nuthatch will spot seeds wedged in the tree bark that other birds will miss.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/4 @ 420mm, 1/250, ISO 200)

 

I haven't seen very many ducklings or goslings in the area yet.  Here is a small family spending time on the water of Lake Arthur.

Canada Goose

Canada Geese and Goslings (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/4 @ 420mm, 1/1250, ISO 200)

 

This White-tailed deer was walking through my backyard last Sunday morning.  The transition of its coat from winter to summer is very evident in this evenly lit image.

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 300mm 2.8L, f/2.8 @ 300mm, 1/500, ISO 500)

 

Raccoons are very good climbers and, being nocturnal, they spend most of the daylight hours in trees. I have seen this shy raccoon several times and it's usually reluctant to come out while I'm nearby.

Raccoon

Raccoon (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 300mm 2.8L, f/2.8 @ 300mm, 1/320, ISO 1600)

 

The Eastern Chipmunk prefers a habitat of open deciduous woods with plenty of stumps and logs. That is where I found this young chippie.

Eastern Chipmunk

 Eastern Chipmunk (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/4 @ 420mm, 1/100, ISO 400)

 

Wildlife habitat is disappearing as shopping centers, housing developments and highways take over open land.  Chipmunks can adapt to some change but, unfortunately, many other wildlife species cannot.

Thanks for looking,

Dan


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