birds that tumble like leaves from top branches, or hang on to a leaf by a few toes to nibble an aphid. birds that listen to gossip i cannot hear, tuned into cross words from their neighbours or a sharp elbow of dismissal. young birds that are an innocent curiosity, like this pale feathered blue tit, who does not wished to be named. the next generation is here. let’s wish them god’s speed!
Two of my other lifers from our trip to maine we’re found out at sea on our puffin cruise. both the arctic tern and black guillemot were fairly abundant on the cruise, but neither wanted to give great views. thus, these two cropped, documentary style shots from a rocking boat will have to suffice. fun fact 1: arctic terns migrate from pole to pole, traveling 25,000 miles each year. fun fact 2: black guillemots carry their prey across their mouths and tend to keep the head of the prey on the same side, similar to handedness. 7/29/30
2 minutes ago
Black-crowned night-heron yesterday at struble lake pa.
i heard this guy first from across a part of the lake and before i knew it he was flyng right at at me! i had my camera settings already set for birds in flight since there were 4 spotted sandpipers there and they were flying back and forth between the rocky dam b****t and the adjacent shore line. sometimes you just get lucky!
3 minutes ago
A new holland honeyeater pauses for a small break from zipping around the coastal scrub and grass tree flowers.
This is a picture of a #prothonotarywarbler. unlike the #yellowwarbler from yesterday, the males of this species make the nest before mating with females. they are hardworking fellas: nests before rests for today's #birdsnbabies choice.
this cute bird is also in one of the most critical conditions in north america because we are quickly losing its nesting habitat. it needs dead trees in swampy, boggy areas with still water. we don't have many of those habitats left because they aren't the prettiest places and so we dont value them as much. but these places are ugly and important. like the smelly garbage bin in your garage with milk stain from 10 years ago.