Friday, July 10, 2009

TGIF

TGIF, and I mean that seriously this week. Work has been so draining that I have not had much energy to get out there and bird during the week so I was rearing to go this afternoon as I sat at my desk and looked out at the blue skies that finally decided to appear.
I decided to do my usual Friday ritual which was to go to St. Philips. I like going here on Friday because I don't need to think much. I know the wetlands well enough that all I have to do is find a log and wait for the birds to come to me which they always do. The photos above are of a male Northern Mockingbird. Let me tell you, he did the best Eastern Phoebe imitation I have ever heard. I watched him do it and it was so good I thought maybe I was imagining it, so looked around to see if there was one around.

One of my favorite birds to photograph as you all know by now which is the humble Song Sparrow. What is it about these birds that always make them look like they had a rough night?


Another one doing a goofy pose. Such comical little birds.

And speaking of Eastern Phoebe's, there was a family of three out at the wetlands today. This one was right on a branch in front of me and proceeded to have its dinner without giving me a glance.

Another pose. I never knew how large their head was in comparison to their body until I saw this picture.


And then check out this shot. Look at the eye stripe on its eye. It totally threw me for a loop because none of my field guides have it. I was 100% convinced it was a Phoebe until I saw this and then proceeded to spend 15 minutes going through pages of flycatchers just to make sure. Sigh, it's tough being a newbie. ;o)

Here it is diving down toward the water to get another bug!! Wish the grass wasn't in the way. Murphy's Law.


Another shot.


Record shot of a Brown Thrasher. The first I have seen at St. Philips!


And last, my weekly photo of one of the Green Herons. This one got so close to me that I didn't even have to zoom much.

Have a great weekend everyone!


11 comments:

Tina said...

I think you are no longer a newbie..you have made such unbelievable strides as a new birder. Your life list is amazing and I appreciate all the time and energy you put into blogging and taking all those neat pics of everything for us!!
Hope you have a relaxing weekend and get lots of time to just sit and watch those birds!!

NCmountainwoman said...

What a great place to wind down after a hectic week. I just love hearing the concerts by the mockingbirds, especially when you can observe them singing all their songs.

Mildred said...

Beautiful pictures Kim. Glad you could get out and clear your mind this afternoon. I actually got photos of goldfinches today! They were on our catnip and we had to take the pic thru the glass - it's on my blog. Have you ever seen a zebra finch??

Ratty said...

I always enjoy seeing your bird pictures. I have to rely on you to know the identity of any of them. I've enjoyed this so much that I've found a good place to see my own birds, and I've actually been getting a few decent pictures now.

troutbirder said...

I' will echo what Tina said. If your a newbie rookie Kim, I wonder where that leaves me? Somehow you got on the fast track to birding success!

Kelly said...

...glad you were able to put the draining week behind you and get out with the birds!

Deborah Godin said...

Wonderful semi-silhouette of the heron! I love visiting here for all you shots and your birding enthusiasm!!

Bird World Blog said...

Awesome photos!

Steve said...

Fantastic photos Kim. Great Mockingbird shots. Looks a great place to go and unwind.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Your shots are amazing, I think.

Mary said...

Wonderful flight shots and that Phoebe is interesting...like the dive shot.

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