Biggest Week in American Birding Festival occurring, the parking lot was already filling with birders and photographers.
I was delighted to have arrived shortly after 7am and meet Jeff and Dawn Simmons Fine (finally). Dawn has been so instrumental in getting Bird Bloggers together (on Facebook and on the Web), so it was truly a pleasure to finally meet her and Jeff! We chatted for a few minutes while a chorus of birds rained overhead.
along the boardwalk from the west entrance, listening to the calls of Black-throated Green Warblers, Warbling Vireos, and Northern Waterthrush. I could also hear the Prothonotary Warbler, but had difficulty finding it. A bright red male Scarlet Tanager overhead made up for that miss.
markers 16 - 21. Small flocks of White-throated Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows, and Gray Catbirds (20 of them!) were moving on either side of the boardwalk as I walked. The first of several Veery were also seen. A Black-and-White Warbler was feeding along the railing and provided a few photos from 20' away. I was glad I brought the monopod this morning.
on the rails foraging for insects.
scanned its surroundings as I fired away at point blank range.
few captures at relatively close range.
Bay-breasted Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Magnolia Warblers, and a single Canada Warbler. These birds were good binocular birds but bad camera birds. I had to work for a snapshot or two.
Crowds were heavy at the west end, and it was a chore to get through the packed boardwalk. I grabbed a quick bite to eat from the car and then walked the parking lot to the east entrance. Oddly, by 10 am the birds appeared to be disappearing. I had to work to get a few more pics of American Redstarts, another Scarlet Tanager (male and female), Great-crested Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, and Red-eyed Vireo.
Deciding to call it a morning I headed back along the parking lot and ran into Stephen Ingraham, optics expert for Carl Zeiss and a fellow digiscoper. We would then meet up w/ Clay Taylor (optics rep for Swarovski and fellow digiscoper) and Iain Campbell (Tropical Birding Tours). A nice way to end to end the warbler season (I'm off to NC at the end of the week).