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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

World Bird Wednesday XXVI

                                                  

                             Making A Splash
I have been spending many a happy hour the last couple of weeks haunting a swamp about thirty miles from my home. I am intoxicated with the big birds that collect there and the challenge of photographing them in-flight and hunting. It doesn't take long to get good at anticipating the fishing stroke of a Great egret. They like to stand upright and nonchalant in the water waiting for their prey to swim close. When the neck coils and the head lowers in preparation for the strike its time to ready your shutter finger for action. Many a happy accident has occurred prophesying the moment of truth this way. This stylised splash (I see a fish!) is an example of that.
Now that I've made several trips into the Fish Point Wildlife Area my eye has begun to drift from the Grand Marque birds and settle on some of the smaller yet equally mesmerising perching songbirds. Hot out of my camera from yesterdays little jaunt through a Great Lake's wetland and here for your consideration are a trio of small fries that made a big splash on my birding week! 

 
Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum)
  With sights such as these I sometimes wonder why I am alone in the wetlands so often. Where are the others? Talk about marching to a different drummer or taking the road less traveled. If you want some elbow room at a crowded pub try starting a conversation with, "I'll bet you would have enjoyed being with me in the swamp today!" That should do it.

Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
   
 "Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music"

                                                                                                                               Friedrich Nietzsche


American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

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41 comments:

  1. Oh those are great captures! loved the splash photo, but those warblers are beautiful!!!

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  2. Gorgeous photos- thanks again for hosting this event every week!

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  3. I see we have both been doing some anticipation shooting, although your subject was much larger plus you had some very colourful Warblers to distract you.

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  4. Awesome captures, Springman! The header shot is great as is the Egret. And the Warblers are so cute and colorful. Thanks for hosting another week of WBW.

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  5. You have the BEST headers! All of these captures are beautiful, especially that Yellow Warbler - Wow! He is stunning.
    Thank you for hosting WBW!

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  6. Great timing on the header shot!
    Love the splash but my favorite today is the palm warbler - nice composition - gorgeous shot!

    Carletta@Round The Bend

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  7. What beautiful images and what beautiful birds.
    Cheers

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  8. Superb shooting as always Springman.
    Such beautiful birds.

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  9. Astonishing quality of your pictures! Perfect - the only word that suits!

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  10. I know I've said it before, but I totally agree with Marias. Perfect timing and stunning photo on top, I'm in awe at the water splash! The header is simply gorgeous, it could be a painting.

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  11. Wow! XXVI weeks of WBW! That's half a year if my math is right. Huge thanks to all the contributors and commentators who make this birding world spin. I count it as a great blessing to have friends all over the planet who share their thoughts and images so profoundly. You are awesome!!!
    Your humble servant, Springman

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  12. And a BIG thank you to you Springman.

    A really successful idea, and it brings people from all around the world, with a common interest, together.

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  13. Great photos...as always! Love the splash in the first one :) Thanks for hosting this event!

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  14. Magnificent shots, Springman! I love the Great Egret making the kill, and the 3 warblers are terrific. Warblers are so difficult to shoot. Great job. Re swamp: how are you coping with the bugs? They drive me to distraction!

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  15. Every one a winner.
    Such perfection each week.
    Happy accidents?
    I think not.

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  16. WOW! The first one is so great! And the header photo is also fantastic! Have a nice week :)

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  17. Beautiful images of your lovely birds.

    The splash is a real winner...a great capture.

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  18. The "small fries" are beautiful!

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  19. You wouldn't get rid of me that easy Springman ;>)! We love swamps. Wonderful pictures. Thank you for taking us along on the visit and again as always for hosting.

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  20. it is fun to learning to read them, isn´t it? It is worth all those miles to be able to learn about it. I

    But I am glad you started to look around. So sweet collection of smaller birds. :)

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  21. Beautiful photo series! Love the Palm Warbler.

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  22. Another great header! These are beautiful shots of the little perchers! Thanks so much for hosting WBW - really fun!

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  23. Love the splash in that first shot.

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  24. Springman, Thanks for the photo tips. I always look forward to see what very cool bird images you are going to share. Yeah...love that quote!!!:)

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  25. Gorgeous shots Dave! The warblers are so tough to catch, your trigger finger is in good shape! Love the Nietzsche quote too!

    As you can tell, we all appreciate your excellent hosting of World Bird Wednesday. My hat is of to you, thanks!

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  26. I missed last week... have been really enjoying participating and dropping by to see the lovely images from all over. Wish I had more time to visit more often... your birds are marvelous... I love the Sandhill Crane and all the 'small fry' and the Egret fishing is just superb! :-)

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  27. Hi there - those little birds are great. The Redstart looks like a type of bird we have here called a Fantail (there are a couple of species) - I'll find out if they are related.

    Cheers - and thanks for organising this meme!

    Stewart M - Australia

    PS: I said I had some good pelican images!

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  28. suzanne colletteMay 18, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    Forever my musicman-shall we waltz?

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  29. What sweet little birds! :)

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  30. I just found your blog, and your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

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  31. Your photos are beautiful, as usual, but that first one is amazing! I love Egrets and I really like your capture! It's just perfect!

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  32. Great capture! Your images is very beautiful. Perfect!

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  33. WOW...Now Im very impressed--those warblers are amazing, such clarity and sharpness--depth of color-and the splash of that long beak as it breaks the surface tension of the water is real life action in stop still motion--
    this ole' horse has to scratch today she came out determined but winded~

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  34. Hello Michigander!! I've seen warbler last week but don't know why it didn't eat my seeds. And yes hummer is here and it came back everyday. Then this morning I saw Oriole it's so pretty but don't have a feeder not a nectar to feed them. I love yellow and I immediately went to Ace to get a Oriole feeder and a nectar but they are out of stock, can you believe that? Lol!! I am going to improvised I would feed them with oranges and put it inside a screen flat feeder for suet. Can't wait for next week to see Oriole ^_^ Love your yellow birds posted here someday I would have that too hehe. Thanks for the visit and the comment I do appreciate it!!

    Hummingbird

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  35. lol, you asked how I could spot the treecreeper nest! I noticed the first bird behaving different from what it used to do. Then the next one appeared. I never seen two of them before. Then it was easy to see where they went with the goodies. :)

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  36. We are all so lucky you chose to shoot in the swamp.It feels good,like you are a part of natures family to be able to read the birds by sight and know what they are about to do,fantastic job Springman,so glad you are the host of so many wonderful weeks,phyllis

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  37. Awesome shots, Springman! I missed WBW this week since I was away in Yosemite, but I'll be browsing the posts this weekend. Nice shot of the egret hunting, and love the new banner -- it has such great light & colors!

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