Posted on May 11, 2017
In recent days we’ve made a number of trips to areas along Griggs Reservoir and the Scioto River not far from our home. It’s spring migration and the challenge is to see how many migrating birds we can spot right in our “neighborhood”. At some point we may change our emphasis and increase the number of trips we take to more distant birding locations, but for now we’re having fun concentrating on places close to home.
To date the most numerous warblers seen are the Palm and Yellow-rumped. While the Yellow-rumped is very common, with more subtle markings than many of it’s peers, I never tire of finding new beauty when I look at one. At Griggs Park the Baltimore Oriole is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Connecting trees with bright sunlit streaks of orange the males seem to be everywhere. Should an oriole or other bird not be close by, it’s easy to find other things to appreciate this time of year.
When we arrive to photograph birds we sometimes find them “still getting ready”,
some may be busy doing other things,
while most are usually ready when we get there,
but a few are just trying to get away.
Other birds were engaged in finding a find a dry perch, made all the more challenging by recent heavy rains.
Many flowers have undoubtedly benefitting from the recent rain.
You never know what might be hiding next to a flower.
Heading back to the car at the end of one outing, my sharp eyed wife spotted three Northern Water Snakes celebrating the season. The males are quite a bit smaller than the female. These snakes are fairly common along the river and reservoir. However, unlike the various species of turtles which always seem to be around, they aren’t often seen so it was a real treat to see them!
After missing shots of numerous fast moving warblers and the recent challenge when I tried to capture the Black and White, I’ve decided to upgrade my otherwise excellent Canon 60D camera body to a Canon 80D. For the time being the bird camera lens will continue be a Sigma 150-500mm. Future posts will reveal how well it all works out. Thanks for stopping by.
PS: As is often the case, Molly Cat sat watching intently as I finished this blog. I’m glad I’m not a mouse!
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Category: birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Griggs Park, Griggs Reservoir, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: American Robin, Baltimore Oriole, Black and White Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blue Bird, Butterweed, Canon 50D with 135mm FD lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Carolina Chickadee, Chipping Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Fishing Spider, Fleabane, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Hobblebush, House Wren, Large Flowered Valerian, Mallard Duck, Northern Water Snake, Palm Warbler, Panasonic ZS50, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo, Tree Swallow, Tulip Tree, White-crowned Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler
Posted on May 9, 2016
In the last few days we’ve been on hikes with friends as well as dedicated birding trips to various parks in Columbus and central Ohio and even when we weren’t trying real hard we’ve seen some amazing things. Hope you enjoy this early May photographic journey through spring in central Ohio.
I apologize that some of the bird pics aren’t up to “bird photography” standards, severe crops and adverse lighting, but hopefully they still tell the story.
Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, birding in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Glen Echo Ravine, Griggs Park, hiking in central ohio, nature, Ohio Nature, outdoors, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Barred Owl, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, bullfrog, Canon 3ti 18-135mm lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Fleaband, Green Heron, Hobblebush, Jack in The Pulpit, Large Flowered Valerian, Mayapple, Northern Flicker, Northern Parula Warbler, Palm Warbler, Panasonic FZ200, Red-eyed Vireo, Solomon's Seal, Spiderwort, Swainson's Thrush, Swamp Sparrow, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler
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