Monday, May 2, 2011

More bird photos from Farmington Bay WMA

Snowy Egret
Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets
Sandhill Cranes
American White Pelican
Great-tailed Grackle
Tree Swallows
Northern Rough-winged Swallows with a Barn Swallow in the middle.  There were two power lines, one above the other, covered with swallows.  Interestingly enough, the Tree Swallows occupied the top wire, almost exclusively to themselves, while the NRW and Barn Swallows took their place on the lower wire.
Yellow-headed Blackbird
White-faced Ibis
American Kestrel
Hey did you hear about The Great Kestrel Count 2011?!
Western Kingbird


  1. so many great birds.

    Your shots of the swallows on the power lines are very good. I never managed to do that.

    I saw some of them in Costa Rica, but on those trips you can rarely get the shots you want. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow!! You really have some stellar photos here!! The Yellow-headed blackbird...the egret...the sandhill cranes many!

  3. Splendid images! I'm especially fond of the Tree Swallows, Yellow-headed Blackbird and Western Kingbird images, though they all are fabulous. Thank you for sharing!

  4. @Kah-Wai - Thanks!

    @NatureFootstep - I am still after that elusive spectacular Tree Swallow photo!

    @Kelly - I really liked that Sandhill Crane silhouette too. I should spend some time in Photoshop with it and create a really nice silhouette.

    @Julie G - nice compliment coming from you as your photos are always so impressive. Thanks!

  5. What a wonderful variety of feathered beauties!!

  6. Great selection!! Would so love to get a shot of an American Kestrel! Great job!!

  7. Awesome shots as always Robert! That Yellow-headed Blackbird really gets my juices flowing. Great shot!

    Also, thanks for the heads up on the Great American Kestrel Count!

  8. @YsMum - Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

    @Beverly - to get a kestrel shot, you might purchase a few mice or gerbels from the local pet shop, tie them to a string and let them run around in the yard. Some type of bird of prey will find them eventually? ;-)

    @Larry - Thanks Larry! Yellow-headed Blackbirds are cool. I remember when living in Mesa, AZ that a huge flock of thousands wintered their on a little island of cattails in a city pond. Amazing sight to behold. I hope you might share The Great Kestrel Count on your blog! It should be fun!