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Category Archives: Bird Photography

Since we are stranded on the farm during the Covid outbreak we have been walking along the local road each evening. On several occasions we have observed a Wild Turkey out in the field. On another occasion we flushed a whole family and the all flew off including the young. Unfortunately I didn’t have the camera along that day.

 

There was a small convention of American Crows in trees along the road at Crex Meadows and I managed to get a few photographs.

 

A few weeks ago this House Wren started building a nest in this bird house. It seemed to have abandoned it because this was the last time I saw it on the bird house.

 

On a recent visit to Crex Meadows Wildlife Area we were fortunate to see a number of cygnets with their parents.

 

Late spring is not a great time to photograph wildlife at Gilbert Creek. On our last trip we managed to flush a Bald Eagle who was in a tree above the road. When it left it was being chased by a blackbird. There were also a few horses in a pasture.

 

We encountered this male Ring-necked Pheasant and its mate walking along the road on our evening walk.

 

The Grey Catbirds are now feeding on the Grape Jelly along with the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and the Baltimore Orioles. The catbirds used to build a nest near the feeder but we removed the lilac bush near the feeder. I now see they out in the woods.

 

I have Easter Bluebirds nesting around the farm. Every so often one comes to the bird bath. They usually visit after they are off of the nest. I happened to catch this one just after it took a bath. I spent about fifteen minutes watching this female it go through, what appears to be, a drying routine. It was really hilarious.

 

 

Tree Swallows are using several of the bluebird houses at Hoffman Hills.

 

 

Late in the afternoon my wife and I decided to drive down to Gilbert Creek Wildlife Area to see if there were any birds around. I usually photograph at Gilbert Creek early in the spring so I didn’t expect much activity. As we turned into the area my wife spotted some Killdeer chicks running around next to the road. I got out of the car and took some photos of the chicks and the adults that were trying to draw us away from the chicks.

After taking a few photos we continued driving. We were so enthralled with the chicks we didn’t notice the two Bald Eagles sitting in a tree right above us. It wasn’t until they took off that we noticed them. They were gone before I could get any good photos. We drove to the end of the road and turned around. I opened my window to get a shot of a female Red-winged Blackbird. I heard the call of a Sandhill Crane and it appeared to be near the car. My wife noticed it was right beside the car. There were the two adults and a colt.

I took a lot of photos since this was only the second time I had seen a colt. I quickly exited the car and started shooting. I loaded the photos into Photoshop (or thought I did). When I went to look at them they weren’t there. Not sure exactly what happened but I think they were accidentally loaded back onto the Scandisk card and then deleted when I formatted the card. I was only able to recover the one shot shown above.