It was May 12, Friday, 2017, the 7th day of the biggest week in American birding. We went to Magee Marsh again despite the crowd. I carried Stephen’s old camera which I just got and put on the longest lens we have. I have never shot pictures of the warblers using a real camera. Now I had the tool and I started to take photos of birds at Magee Marsh. Most birders were equipped with super long lenses. People were friendly and polite. I like birders!
When I saw a crowd of birders pointing their big cameras or binoculars, I just searched for the birds they were looking at. Oh, there was the beautiful blackburnian warbler! I didn’t know it but one of the birders spoke out the name for us. It was up in the tall tree, jumping from one branch to another, singing beautifully in this warm spring afternoon. From the binoculars, I saw the blackburnian warbler had bright orange colored throat and black masked eyes. I turned on my camera and started to look for the bird in the view finder. But I couldn’t see it! Then I zoomed out the lens and searched it from the view finder. I saw it jump and I zoomed in the lens and started to shoot pictures. Some professional photographers took continuous pictures. I just pointed and shot and tried my luck.
Chestnut-sided warbler was a handsome bird with the chestnut color stripes on both sides of the breast and a yellow cap.
From the boardwalk, we could see the giant nest of the bald eagle. The two baby bald eagles have grown up! One of the baby eagles was flapping its wings! One adult eagle sat in the nest watching them. I guess it was the mom bald eagle. The baby eagles could fledge any time!
Prothonotary warbler was another beauty with its rounded golden colored head and breast. It jumped from bushes to trees. I finally got a photo of it singing! The picture is not sharp but I am glad to see it and have a picture of it. I wish it could stay still and be a good model for my camera.
Black-throated Green warbler has distinctive black colored throat and a yellow face.
Yellow warbler has yellow body with bright chestnut colored stripes on the belly.
Nashville warbler has understated color with an overall grey greenish looking.
Black-and-white warbler is simple. As its name suggested, it has two colors: black and white stripes.
We walked by the creek and searched for turtles. Stephen spotted a big bird by the bank. It was a green heron! We saw a green heron years ago. This was the second time we saw it!
And we saw the giant turtle again! As we approached the end of the boardwalk, some birders were looking at the ground under the bushes. As guided by a lovely old lady from Vermont, I finally saw a woodcock sitting on the ground under the bushes. Its plumage camouflages it very well. If it was not moving its long beak, I wouldn’t be able to see it in the shade of the bushes.
Every visit to Magee Marsh was a happy visit. Those cute birds and friendly birders are some of the nice things about this world.