Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Needles in Haystacks...

Somewhere in the middles of all that tangle is a Mourning Warbler...see it?

I found more photos, go figure! I thought I would post a few of the examples of what it's like searching for warbly things with all of the vegetation in full leaf.

There's always somebody saying:
"It's right there! Next to that big tree with one squiggly limb and three leaves that are green, behind the third branch down from the tree in front, wait, it moved, now it's up two feet in between the skinny tree and the medium tree and the shrub! See?!"...nope, I don't.

I just start shooting and hope something is in the frame. That's how all of the pros do it, right?

On top of never getting a good Mourning Warbler shot,
I have yet to get a photo of a Hooded Warbler that's not hiding from of these days!

And then there's the "Common" Yellowthroat...common to hear, not common to see.

Even the Magnolia Warbler were playing hide and seek!

Every once in a while, they come out to play!

White-crowned Sparrows love Bela Lugosi...they told me that once.

Oh look, a Cape May Warbler out in the open!

And then you spot a Canada Warbler...and your flash goes dead.
He disappeared back into the leaves anyway...

A Black-capped Chickadee from behind!

Black-and-White Warblers are one of my favorites.
She's a cutie!

And then there are those rare instances that the bird is too close to get the whole body in the frame...not that I'm complaining!

I still haven't finished going through all of the photos. One day soon! I'll post the Doodles shots of all the people and places...and lest he does damage soon, Bobb will have his own post.

There was a fire and our neighbors, the great folks from Tropical Birding lost all of their optics, gear and passports. They showed great support and help to all of the birders that visited our area during the Biggest Week in American Birding.

We are hoping that we can now help them with donations to cover the costs of replacing their uninsured gear.

Please contact the Black Swamp Bird Observatory at for more information!
Laurie and Dave


  1. I can relate to the instructions. Hell, most of the time I can't even find it with my camera when I can see it with my own eyes.

  2. Hi Dave,
    What a nice day you got. So many warblers!! We have very few passerine birds around here and I'm a bit jealous of all you record. I love the hide and seek party you got with these birds. It is so true that it is hard to get picture sin summer because of all the leaves in the tress ;-)