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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Birds at Fontainebleau

When I have a hankering to see wildlife this time of year, there's really only one place to go for certain. Yes, again it's Fontainebleau State Park...

There are lots of red-bellied woodpeckers (like this male,) all year round, everywhere around here.

Huge numbers of yellow-rumped warblers Winter here.

Northern mockingbirds are a year-round sight. This one was particularly tolerant and patient.

Out in the marsh...
Hundreds of American coots come every Winter. During this visit I noticed lesser scaup, blue-winged teals and redheads among the flock.

Common moorhens are also a regular, Winter sight.

In addition, a lone, Caspian tern was fishing and dozens of tree swallows picked insects from the air. Both are also Winter visitors here. I'd hoped to see one of the Wintering bald eagles again, or perhaps one of the year-round resident great-horned owls, but it was not to be.

Regardless, it was too nice an afternoon not to take advantage of the opportunity to get outside. Unfortunately, once again, our temps have fallen & clouds have moved in. Again I am housebound.

22 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, it's pretty cold today. STay warm and snug until I get home.

Chrissy said...

Wonderful pics, some fabulous shots. It sounds like a lovely place to go....I am looking forward to some better weather soon, dull cloudy skies make it so diffciult to get any kind of image.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; That's the plan. ;)

Chrissy; Thank you. Yes, Fontainebleau's my favorite, local state park. I hear you on the better weather, for sure. It's been so gray & crappy for so long I forget what the sun looks like. <:\

Maalie said...

Great pictures Lana! I think the Mockingbird is one of my American favourites (after Snail Kite and Swallow-tailed Kite :-)

troutbirder said...

Nice shots Lana. We were headed your way on our return trip from Florida but rain and cold intervened so we headed home where its really cold. :)

Tyhitia Green said...

Beautiful pics as always, Lana. I wished I had my camera when I saw an albino owl in the daytime!!

Lana Gramlich said...

Maalie; Thank you. I like mockingbirds, too (even if they're not as bright, noticeable or fancy as some of the other locals. ;)

troutbirder; Thanks. We're pretty out of the way, anyway, hon. Do let me know if you're ever headed to the New Orleans area, though. I'd love to buy you a coffee!

Tyhitia Green; Thank you. :) An albino owl? That's freaking AWESOME! For quite I while I never went anywhere w/o my cameras (for just such occasions,) but what a pain in the rump that was. At least you have the memory. :)

JR's Thumbprints said...

I've been "housebound" for the past two months. Finally got out for a long walk today only to see four-wheelers speeding down the iced-over river.

Kelly said...

It always seems the pictures you take at that park are always of the most serene subjects. The birds, the trees... all of them. Thanks for sharing. When you're unable to get out in nature, the next best thing is seeing photos like these. Wonderful.

Lana Gramlich said...

JR; Four-wheelers...Ugh. My sympathies. Unfortunately lots of kids drive them all around our neighborhood. So much for peace & quiet!

Kelly; Thanks, hon. I hope it helps. :) Personally I try to find as much peace in my life as I can, thus the subjects of my photos & paintings.

Halcyon said...

We have a lot of red-headed woodies in my area. Seeing the red-bellied variety is a treat! Love all your bird shots. And that sky is amazing!!

I will miss the south when I'm gone. :(

Lana Gramlich said...

Halcyon; Thanks, hon. :) We have red-heads, too, but MANY more red-bellieds. They're EVERYWHERE down here. Love 'em!
I know you'll miss it down here, but it's really not a hard trip to make (it's cheaper if you can fly in & out of Buffalo, btw.)

Larry said...

At least you got out for awhile Lana. Plus you got some great shots of the birds and a gorgeous sunset.

Lana Gramlich said...

Larry; Actually this week it warmed up closer to normal. *whew!* Regardless, I always enjoy a jaunt to Fontainebleau. :)

Daniel White said...

Absolutely love photography of animals, especially birds.

I've been trying so hard to get a picture of a red cardinal and blue jay in the snow eating seed that I put down, but they seem to be extremely shy and fly away before I can get into a good range for my camera. :(

What kinds of birds do you have there?

Lana Gramlich said...

Daniel; Thanks for the kind comment. When I photograph birds at my house, I use a 300mm zoom & the narrow window in my back door (overlooking the feeding area,) acts well as a blind. As for the birds we get here, that's a tough (& massive) call. I live in the middle of the Mississippi Flyway, so we get all kinds of migrants in the Spring and Fall (inc. rose-breasted grosbeaks, indigo buntings, blue grosbeaks, various hawks, etc., etc.) As for some of the regulars, many are listed in the "labels" on my sidebar. Here's a checklist for a nearby preserve.

nina kuriloff said...

I love the photograph containing many ducks!!!

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, Nina. Those are but a portion of the whole. We get hundreds of coots over the winter!

Marvin said...

Great shots of the birds. I especially liked the mockingbird. The sunset is an awesome image too.

Lana Gramlich said...

Marvin; Thanks. I was surprised at how close the mockingbird let me get!

eileeninmd said...

Great birdie outing, Lana! You got some great shots, I really love the coots, they are cool looking. The sunset is just stunning, great capture.

Lana Gramlich said...

Eileen; The coots are funny to watch. Very boisterous & on that day, the whole flock kept half-flying/half-running all over the marsh. It was so funny to see! Glad you enjoyed the shots. :)

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