digiscoped images from about 100'.
portrait shots from just 30' away.
angry Swamp Sparrow to my side of the marsh. It buzzed me, then flew to an open snag and proceeded to vibrate its wings and sing. I spent some time digiscoping the bird from 60' away, noticing that it was hard to freeze motion of its lower mandible while it sang its 'wet' trill. A few dozen ducks were in the unit, including American Coot, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Lesser Scaup and Green-winged Teal.
pair of Bufflehead in the open water to my left. The male and female pair of birds were actively courting, preening and diving, but didn't seem to mind my presence. I was able to get some decent digiscoped images from 100'. A Song Sparrow spent a few minutes on the sign post nearby, so I took a few images from about 25'.
working the shoreline and mudflats. Lighting was perfect for some digiscoping from about 60'.
Isle of Coot.
fly as soon as I could see them.
Short-billed Dowitchers have more streamlined profiles.
call of the Long-billed Dowitcher w/ the call of Short-billed Dowitcher.
I rode up to the Banana Unit and Cell 3 to look for shorebirds. I noticed, however, that my rear tire was almost flat (again!). So I stopped and scoped the mudflats from the NW corner, finding only a few pair of Herring Gulls, and about 2-dozen Bonaparte's Gulls. As I scoped the birds I heard another American Bittern just a few yards in the phragmites along the east shoreline of the Humphries Unit. I managed to hear it a couple times before it disappeared.