Great Blue Herons Mating

12 April 2020

There's a wildlife sanctuary run by Mass Audubon in Richmond, Massachusetts. I don't know how big the entire property is; what's available is a small pull-off from the road from which one can observe a beaver pond with more than twenty nests for great blue herons. I went there this morning, and although the light wasn't great for seeing or photography—the nests are well to the east of the road, so they were backlit—there were a number of birds visible. I wasn't certain what I was seeing at one point, when one of two birds in one nest started flapping its wings, but I figured I'd photograph it—display behavior, I guessed. Well, yes, it was mating related…

April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm
April 12, 2020
1/250, f/8.0, ISO 200, 700.0 mm

A Cedar Waxwing Enjoying a Berry

5 April 2020

I haven't been doing much bird-blogging of late, but I love this picture too much not to share it.

Cedar waxwing

April 05, 2020
1/500, f/5.6, ISO 200, 500.0 mm

A Pair of Red-Tailed Hawks

16 March 2020

I was doing my usual circuit through Morningside Park, when I looked up and saw two hawks heading north along Mornigside Drive, and then turning west at W 118th St. I immediately exited the park, looked around, and saw them circling back from the north. One passed me before I could get the camera reset for in-flight shots, but I got some nice pictures of the second. I kept an eye on it as it headed for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where I know that a pair nests. I walked there quickly, resetting the camera as I went. One was perched on the head of the statue of the Archangel Gabriel (they love that statue); the other was in the nest. I got shots of both before they took off again and headed south.

Red-tailed hawk

March 16, 2020
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm
March 16, 2020
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm
March 16, 2020
1/125, f/10.0, ISO 500, 500.0 mm
March 16, 2020
1/250, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Morningside Park

13 March 2020

Some birds I saw during the last few days.

Northern mockingbird

March 11, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 400, 300.0 mm

Northern cardinal (male)

March 11, 2020
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 400, 300.0 mm

Daffodils

March 11, 2020
1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 400, 300.0 mm

Cooper's hawk

March 12, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm
March 12, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Mourning dove

March 12, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Northern cardinal (female)

March 12, 2020
1/500, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Northern mockingbird

March 12, 2020
1/200, f/5.6, ISO 400, 420.0 mm

White-throated sparrow

March 12, 2020
1/320, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

March 13, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm
March 13, 2020
1/250, f/5.6, ISO 400, 500.0 mm

Central Park

1 March 2020

I haven't been able to get to Central Park for a week, and I may not make it back there for two weeks, but I had a great time today.

Downy woodpecker

March 01, 2020
1/3200, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 720, 500.0 mm

Downy woodpecker and house sparrow

March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 800, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm

Downy woodpecker

March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 500, 500.0 mm

House sparrow

March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 1100, 500.0 mm

Red-tailed hawk

March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 720, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 640, 500.0 mm

Great blue heron

March 01, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 1000, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm

Red-bellied woodpecker

March 01, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm

Green-winged teal

March 01, 2020
1/200, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/125, f/5.6, ISO 2000, 500.0 mm
March 01, 2020
1/160, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Central Park

27 February 2020

The first of these pictures was taken of a red-tailed hawk atop the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; the others are from Central Park.

Red-tailed hawk

February 16, 2020
1/250, f/22.0, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Bluejay

February 16, 2020
1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
February 16, 2020
1/2000, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Downy woodpecker

February 16, 2020
1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
February 16, 2020
1/400, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Red-bellied woodpecker

February 16, 2020
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
February 16, 2020
1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
February 22, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 800, 500.0 mm

Red-headed woodpecker

February 22, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 800, 500.0 mm
February 22, 2020
1/250, f/18.0, ISO 800, 500.0 mm

American coot

February 23, 2020
1/160, f/18.0, ISO 800, 500.0 mm

Morningside Park

27 February 2020

I've been remiss in blogging lately, so here is my first of two tonight.

Cooper's hawk

February 16, 2020
1/250, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Carolina wren

February 16, 2020
1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Red-bellied woodpecker

February 16, 2020
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Northern mockingbird

February 16, 2020
1/640, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Van Cortlandt Park

8 February 2020

I've been remiss in posting to the blog lately, so some will be in reverse order. But here are some picturs I took during a New York City Parks Department walk. We also saw some ruddy ducks and northern shovelers, but the range was too long for good pictures.

A Bald Eagle in Riverside Park

24 January 2020

I knew that a bald eagle had been hanging around Riverside Park, right by Columbia, for the last few days, so I went there this morning to try to find it. No joy—it was probably out fishing—but I did get some nice, albeit long range, photos of a red-bellied woodpecker.

Red-bellied woodpecker

January 24, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 560, 500.0 mm
January 24, 2020
1/4000, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 500.0 mm

Some time that morning, though, the eagle returned, which I knew from Twitter. So, after class, I headed back, and it was still there. Viewing was fine, though it was hard to get good shots because of all of the branches in the way. Naturally, it had a very large crowd of admirers. (Aside: how did birders ever manage before the Internet?)

Bald eagle

January 24, 2020
1/3200, f/5.6, ISO 500, 500.0 mm
January 24, 2020
1/250, f/18.0, ISO 500, 500.0 mm
January 24, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 500, 500.0 mm
January 24, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 500, 500.0 mm

About three trees away from the eagle, there was a red-tailed hawk jealously guarding its lunch: squirrel. I don't know if it was afraid the eagle would try to take it, but I did not see the hawk eat anything until after the eagle had left.

Other days, a set of pictures like these would be the star of the outing. Today, though, the hawk took second place.

Red-tailed hawk

January 24, 2020
1/1600, f/5.6, ISO 500, 500.0 mm
January 24, 2020
1/640, f/5.6, ISO 500, 500.0 mm
January 24, 2020
1/2000, f/5.6, ISO 500, 500.0 mm
January 24, 2020
1/2500, f/5.6, ISO 500, 500.0 mm

Forever Wild

18 January 2020

On the Forever Wild trail in Riverside Park, a northern flicker was kind enough to post for me for a bit.

I then heard a clamor of crows and saw a red-tailed hawk alight. The crows wouldn't leave it alone, so it relocated. The crows followed; the hawk moved again. Not only the the crows follow, some bluejays showed up to join the party. Finally, the hawk gave up and left, but not before the crows tried some air-to-air combat.

Northern flicker

January 18, 2020
1/200, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
January 18, 2020
1/200, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm

Red-tailed hawk

January 18, 2020
1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
January 18, 2020
1/2000, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm
January 18, 2020
1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 1600, 500.0 mm