Wednesday, August 29, 2007

North Shore Hummingbirds

Well these little birds were quite active at the feeder on the deck as well as on the wildflowers around the cabin. Getting a shot of these birds is quite difficult to do as I'm sure you can imagine. I wanted to get a shot of the bird on the flower not on the feeder so I was even less successful, but I did get this shot and I was pleaseed with it since it is definitely my best shot of a hummer on a wildflower.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Another Seagull Shot

I thought this shot of the Herring Gull turned out quite nice as well . . .

Seagull head

Monday, August 27, 2007

More North Shore

I was sitting on the deck watching the seagulls pass by and decided to grab the camera, sit on the rocks and take a few shots. I think they turned out pretty cool!

Ring-billed Seagull-3

Ring-billed Seagull-1

Ring-billed Seagull-2

As always, there are bigger versions of these photos posted a flickr. Just click on one to go see the larger version.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

North Shore Warblers Continued . . .

There were a number of Black-and-White warblers around and let me tell you, they are very difficult to photograph. I have so many shots of this that are blurred I can't believe it. Even when the stop jumping around they continue to move their head. Blur was the name of the game with these guys. So with as difficult as they are to get, I was pretty happy with this shot:

Black-and-White Warbler:
Black and White Warbler

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

North Shore Warblers

OK, so it's been a long time between posts and I was getting good-natured heckling by a friend in Palo Alto to update the blog(you definitely know who you are).
So, two weekends ago I went up to the North Shore of Lake Superior and had a very nice time with family and saw some really great warblers. We saw Tennessee, Nashville, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Mourning, and even a Northern Parula. The warblers were quite abundant even around the cabin we were staying in which meant we really didn't even need to go and find them. In fact the one time that we did drive to a known good birding area, we got completely blanked. Upon returning from this little excursion there were about 20 or so warblers in the trees above the deck on the cabin. The irony was not lost on us. Either way we did have a great time and I'll be posting some of the photos from that trip over the next week or so.

Here's the Chestnut-sided Warbler:
Chestnut-sided Warbler

Tennessee Warbler (it's a bit out of focus):
Tennessee Warbler