Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Catching A Few Zzzzs

Catching A Few Zzzzs by JKissnHug
Catching A Few Zzzzs, a photo by JKissnHug on Flickr.

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I encountered this male Sandhill Crane while out walking the trails at Kensington Metropark. I watched him as he preened and occasionally nibbled at insects on the ground. What was very surprising when he closed his eyes and took a brief nap while I sat and watched from a few feet away. Here he is catching a few Zzzzs, as I calmly took his photo.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Kirtland Warbler - Female

Kirtland Warbler - Female by JKissnHug
Kirtland Warbler - Female, a photo by JKissnHug on Flickr.

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I had the birding experience of a lifetime when a female Kirtland's Warbler made an appearance at the Biggest Week in American Birding at Magee Marsh in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A group of Mennonite birders found her in the willows along Estuary Trail at Magee Marsh. A friend of mine sent out a message, via Twitter, of their discovery and the bird chase was on. Hundreds of birders at the Magee Marsh exited the boardwalk and made a mile long dash to the location of the warbler.

Myself, and two birder friends walked over a mile to find this bird of a lifetime.

I was fortunate be able to get into a spot where I could capture a few open shots of her as she dashed around in the thick understory of the willows.

I have never been in such awe of the patience and kindness of fellow birders who took the time to show all of the birders where to find her in the deep cover of the marsh.

Thank you to my new and old friends who shared in this exciting birding experience at Magee Marsh.

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