Our Birding Group
Birding Group for May 10th

After the successful morning of May 9th, I thought about where to go on Thursday, May 10, 2007. Evergreen Cemetery was a consideration and fairly close to home but in the end result I decided to go back to Hinckley Park. The schedule indicated some Audubon folks would be present and I felt I knew the ‘lay of the land’. There were several areas I wished to try out with the camera from my few visits to this park. Everyone met in the parking area at 0700 hours and this day proved to be a smaller group than the day before. I was pleased to see Bob once again; he is visiting from Colorado and I’d enjoyed spending time with him on Wednesday.

I've been asked about my camera gear so will offer a brief synopsis of what I’ve been taking the field with. The primary camera is a Canon 5d and 500mm f/4L Imaged Stabilized lens. I use a Canon 1.4X extender on the lens so image with this at 700mm focal length at f/5.6. I shoot this on a Gitzo G1325 tripod, Really Right Stuff BH-55LR ballhead and use a Wimberley Sidekick to balance the lens. I also carry a Canon 30d body with a Canon 400mm f/5.6L lens on a strap over my shoulder; I shoot this lens at f/5.6. This is excellent for fly-bys or images where the tripod mounted lens can’t be maneuvered for whatever reason.

Tree Swallow Not far from the parking area is a field with pole mounted nesting boxes. Several Tree Swallows appear to have taken up residence in these, so the first image of the day was of one of these beautiful birds.

Northern Flicker

As appears to be typical, Yellow-rumped Warblers were everywhere to be seen. I kind of liked this photograph and decided to post it. Looks like we disturbed this bird’s morning…

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-crowned Night-Heron We viewed the contingent of Black-crowned Night-Herons and this bird was photographed as we walked by the pond.

Northern Parula

Black-and-white Warbler

As we walked along we viewed several birds flying in the distance. They were far distant but within reach of the lens as can be seen here.

Loon in Fight

The Cormorant Contingent


We viewed this Cowbird on the walk yesterday on the same high pole. Today he was joined by a lady friend.

Common Yellowthroat

Gray Catbird

Prairie Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

These warbler images aren’t great by any means but I felt fortunate to obtain them. This beautiful bird was high in a dense tree and rarely broke cover. We had multiple spotters tracking his movements to aid
the effort but the observation was fleeting and off he went. When viewed on the camera I didn’t even believe we had a focused exposure, so as stated, I felt fortunate with these…

Baltimore Oriole One of the capable observers in our group spotted this oriole at the very top of a tall tree not far from where the Chestnut-sided Warbler was spotted. After a few moments working on the tripod to obtain the elevation required on the lens I was able to get two frames exposed before the bird flew off to parts unknown. This image doesn’t do the bird justice but it certainly confirms the observation.

As we walked by the pond heading towards our vehicles this heron was spotted. We stopped and observed this bird once again and I couldn’t resist taking another frame or two…

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Solitary Sandpiper

This sandpiper was spotted foraging alongside the pond on our trip out. We came back another way but Marie spotted the bird on the bank near the initial sighting.
I walked back to the pond and using the handheld camera took a series of shots.

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

We’d had a great morning and I was informed we had ten warblers on the sightings list for the walk. I didn’t take notes but Bob (the Colorado Bob that is) had some and shared them with me. Other warbler sightings not referenced in this article included Black-throated Blue, Blackburnian, Nashville & an Ovenbird was identified by vocalization. Other sightings from the list produced by the group leaders not imaged in this article included Ospreys, Great Blue Heron, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Phoebe, Cardinals, etc. Everyone deemed it to be a successful morning. Thanks to all for a terrific time with great people and a special thanks to Bob & Marie, our intrepid leaders for the day...

May 2007

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