Blackburnian Warbler (f)

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Blackburnian Warbler (f).
 
The Warblers are starting to explore more and more in the backyard, especially in the Backyard Bird Studio. The Sunflowers and other flowers are getting tall and the insects are increasing in number on them as well. This draws the birds, especially the Warblers closer to me and my camera. This female Blackburnian Warbler couldn’t help but check out the post as she surveyed the sunflowers in front of her. I just have to sit and wait for the right pose!
 
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A surprise visit, Yellow-throated Vireo

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A surprise visit! Yellow-throated Vireo.
 
Yesterday while sitting on the back porch photographing the birds, I spied a quick yellow flash in the crepe myrtles. It emerged for only a few seconds before flying off to harass a couple of Red-eyed Vireo. It was a beautiful Yellow-throated Vireo! I saw them here last fall, but haven’t seen them during the summer. This area is in their territory, so they should be here, I just don’t normally see them around. I watched as he chased the other Vireo trying to get them to drop their newly acquired green worm they plucked from a branch. I love our yard!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1100, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

The Warblers and the Crepe Myrtles

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The Warblers and the Crepe Myrtles.
 
When we started our project to return the backyard area back to a more natural state we “battled” the crepe myrtles because they aren’t a native plant there. The crepe myrtles won, they just never stopped. I even dug up roots! It has turned out that them winning out has offered a place for some of my best Warbler images. When they bloom, insects are all over the plants. The plants are starting to bloom and the insects have arrived, and the Warblers are starting to show up regularly. Yesterday in the brief time I was able to sit and watch, I had visits from American Redstarts, Blackburnian, Hooded, and several Black and White Warblers. Off course if they pose, I photograph.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3600, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Siru, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

“You could get up and feed me”

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“You could get up and feed me”
 
The birds that land in the “Backyard Bird Studio” are well aware of my presence. I don’t hide, I sit out in the open on a chair with my cup of coffee most of the time. They are used to me so they ignore me, but at times still look at me. The Eastern Bluebirds will fly to the mealworm feeder and if it is empty, they will look at me, then the feeder, then me, as if to say…”its empty” fill it. I will put a few worms out on the ground to help encourage the young ones to feed on their own. This one has mastered it, but this time it had eaten all that were on the ground and started looking at me as if to let me know they were gone. They are training me well…
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

“I’ll just sit at the Bar”

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“I’ll just sit at the Bar”
 
Usually when we see Ruby-throated Hummingbirds feeding they are flying and hovering. I guess here in Bear Woods, they like to relax and chill while they eat. In reality, the flower is strong enough to support the bird’s weight, so it will conserve energy by gripping the flower as well. I have had a lot of RTHB (Ruby-throated Hummingbirds) this year so far, but I have to take the feeder down a for a few days because of the new beehives I added this past week. The bees find it as a food source and will visit it since it is easier. I want them to find the flowers to pollinate. I filled the feeder up yesterday and they drained it completely by afternoon! I have plenty of flowers that will feed the hummers while the bees adjust. I loved the vibrant colors of the daylily and the background in this frame.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 640, shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, Sirui P224S and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana

The Leader of the Pack

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The Leader of the Pack.
 
Okay, I know birds aren’t packs, but Evelyn and I were sitting out on the back porch yesterday evening watching Dad fly in and grab some mealworms. When he would land, several of the juveniles would land on the hook above or on posts nearby. They would beg for food and Dad would fly out with a mouthful to the roof. His pack would follow. He is a hard worker for sure. It is great to know he is helping to populate the area with Eastern Bluebirds!
 
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Getting an ear full

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Getting an ear full.
 
Where I sit on the porch to watch and photograph the birds is not hidden, or in a blind, it is at a table and visible to the birds. They have gotten use to me sitting there with the camera, drinking my coffee and having breakfast. Some are totally relaxed and comfortable with my presence, like the Carolina Wrens. “Jimmy” especially will sit and sing like he has something to tell the World. In case you don’t remember, we call him Jimmy because his song sounds like “jimmy, jimmy, jimmy” and was in the habit of sitting outside the bedroom window waking Evelyn up each morning. She and Jimmy have a love/hate relationship. I just like how they give me some great photo ops!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 900, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second (that speed is needed to stop the lower mandible of a songbird), Sirui P224S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiImaging, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana