Bonnie’s Best of 2018

Most have seen these photos. I chose six that I consider to be superior.

Eagle pair – he brought a gift and she accepted – *they are not fighting
Purple finch in my yard
Cardinal on berries
Red-shouldered hawk at the train station
Great blue heron juvenile with its golden catch of the day
Peregrine falcon coming in to displace its father

This and That

It is time to post a few recent photos.  The raptors always come first.  Then it is for the little guys.

Eagle pair close to home

Local red-shouldered hawk
Young Cooper’s hawk at the feeder buffet
Purple finch in the backyard

Cape May warbler migrating through the backyard
Cedar waxwing enjoying the last bites of Fall
Eastern phoebe looking for bugs
Palm warbler waking the dead

Open Studio

My barn was open to all kinds of visitors during the Ossining Arts Council Open Studios Tour 2018.  I had kept the feeders filled all week long in hopes of having a few birds at the feeders as people perused my photos.  I learned that I have to sit outside in my backyard for much longer periods of time during fall migration.  Enjoy the group.  Our local sharp shinned also made a very brief visit to enjoy the snacks.
Purple finch, one of four to come to my feeders
Cape May warbler just passing through
Red-breasted nuthatch sharing space
I’m sure this bird had a quick bite

California, Here I Come

Hey, folks, California needs water.  That is the first priority when looking for birds.  Found a few here and there in the desert.

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Bluebird at Lake Skinner

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Coot at Lake Skinner

20171222 fox sparrow Lake Skinner CA _

Fox Sparrow at Lake Skinner

20171223 black phoebe Hemet CA _

Black Phoebe near the pool in Hemet

20171223 Harrier San Jacinto Wildlife Area CA _

Harrier hunting near the ponds in San Jacinto Wildlife Area

20171223 northern shovelers San Jacinto Wildlife Area CA _

Northern Shovelers in the pond at San Jacinto Wildlife Area

20171224 Ducks, domestic Tewinkle Costa Mesa CA _

Domestic ducks in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171224 mallards Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa CA _

Mallards in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171224 wigeon Tewinkle Park Costa Mesa CA _

Wigeon changing position in the pond at Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa

20171225 Hummingbird Hemet CA _

Anna’s Hummingbird male eyeing a mate, Hemet near feeders and water

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Slightly molted Anna’s Hummingbird female, the object of affection from the bird above

Fall In

The leaves are turning and the birds are leaving.  Well, some of the birds are leaving.  The ospreys are off to warmer climates along with the phoebes and monarchs.  Thankfully, they love the camera.  The very young heron may never leave.  It appears to have imprinted.

August Adolescents

Those wonderful juvenile great blue herons are migrating west to the Hudson River. I felt bad for this skinny youngster at Oglevie’s Pond that couldn’t seem to catch a fish. If only I could get it into my backyard I would stock my hot tub.   Fingers crossed that at least half of the new bird babies make it.

Young Great Blue Heron

 

Young Grackle

 

Young Robin

 

Bottoms Up

Sum(mer) Fun

My favorite totem, the great white egret, entertained me.  The purple martins are seriously thinking about a new home.  Local, ordinary birds were just doing their thing.  And butterflies flitted.

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Earth Day 2014

Six years ago I had a detached retina in three places.  It took six months to heal.  I was on my side for three of those six months.  I am so happy to be able to photograph my local birds.  Happy Earth Day!

Ospreys doing their thing.

Ospreys doing their thing.

He took her fish!!

He took her fish!!

Ospreys doing their thing.

Ospreys doing their thing.

He took her fish!!

He took her fish!!

Yup.  He circled around and came to to the nest.  I think he left part of the fish for her.

Yup. He circled around and came to to the nest. I think he left part of the fish for her.

Herring gulls in action.  Happy Earth day!

Herring gulls in action. Happy Earth day!

Young Cooper's Hawk at Croton Nature Center.  John was ecstatic!

Young Cooper’s Hawk at Croton Nature Center. John was ecstatic!

Off the young Coop's goes.

Off the young Coop’s goes.

Can't quite get close enough to the wood ducks, but you get the idea.

Can’t quite get close enough to the wood ducks, but you get the idea.

There were two swans, but this is the only one I have seen recently.  He attacks every time I come to photograph in one of my favorite spots.  Hope his mate is on eggs.

There were two swans, but this is the only one I have seen recently. He attacks every time I come to photograph in one of my favorite spots. Hope his mate is on eggs.

Momma

Momma

Baby two

Baby two

Baby one

Baby one

Anne's brilliant white throated sparrow

Anne’s brilliant white throated sparrow