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All photographs by David Lilly

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

I have seen the Northern Rough-winged Swallow before but this was the first opportunity to photograph the bird.

It was a windy wet day at Frank lake south of Calgary. The swallows fell in and were landing on the Bull Rushes. The swallow to the right posed for me. 

The light was horrible but I did manage to get a couple of photographs.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

My First Bird Photographs From New Brunswick

For those bird photographers whom have not looked at this website for a while - I now call New Brunswick my new home. It was a decision me and my wife made for lifestyle reasons. 

Since arriving in New Brunswick less than a week ago I see many opportunities for bird photography. Of course there are chanllenges as well. For example, the province is covered in forest, so the birds have more than enough space to hide. 

My approach will have to be different then the wide open Prairies I left behind. 

The three photos to the right were my first attempt here in NB. Two of the photos Eastern Phoebe and the Veery were a first for me photographing, while the Grey Catbird was common in western Canada.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

Northern Waterthrush by the Water

Since I arrived here in New Brunswick I will admit photographing small birds is not easy. 

However, I am sticking to my old methods for finding birds. My most recent bird the Northern Waterthrush was found by water. I guess that only makes since given its name.

I never had to deal with the thick underbrush in Alberta as here in NB. As a result I have adjusted my camera settings. I adjusted the EV to +2 for the photo to the right. There was still not enough light, so I adjusted the exposure in Lightroom.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

Common Birds from NB

The Common Yellowthroat to the right was common today in the woods around Jemseg. 

Jemseg is an important birding area here in New Brunswick. There were a lot of birds singing in the trees, but were hard to see. The American Redstart below was singing and posed for me.

The Chipping Sparrow was also sinning loudly and also posed for me.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

Ospreys are a Family Bunch

As I observed this Osprey family on an Electricity pole I could see how the parents care for the young.

It was 29C today I was smootering I could just imagine how hot it must have been on top of that pole.

As I observed the male flew in with a half fish. Everyone was happy and things was quiet.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Anyone who has tried to photograph a Hummingbird in flight without the elaborate lightning system knows it is difficult. 

As I try to photograph birds as natural as possible; I figured the best photographs of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird coming to my feeder is going to be setting on a branch close to the feeder.

In the three photos in this article light played  some tricks on the eye. As you can see the two photos on the right clearly show the Ruby colour, however, in the photo on the bottom left the hummingbird has it's head turned and you don't see the Ruby colour — you could mistake it for another species of Hummingbird. Of course this is the light playing tricks on the eye.  Also, here in New Brunswick this is the only Hummingbird you will observe.

Potographed in my backyard.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

From the Wharf

St. Andrews, New Brunswick has a long wharf running into the harbour. 

Early in the morning before the wind picked up Cormorants and juvenile Common Loons were fishing for their breakfest. 

As they were not afraid to venture close to the wharf. I decided to wait for some good photography opportunities as they went about their fishing.

I was not disappointed as the Cormorants came in first and then the Juvenile Common Loons followed.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

Common Birds

Many bird photographers overlook common birds like the Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon).

There are many reasons for this but I think the main reason is they are a common bird found all across Canada.

However, I will photograph any bird that presents itself in good light. The photograph to the right was in good light and allowed me to get some great images for my collection of Canadian Birds.

The bottom line is as a bird photographer you should never neglect to photograph a bird when the opportunity arises.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.

Common Grackle in Fall Colours

Fall Colours were excellent this fall.

However, capturing birds in fall colours has not been easy. First of all most of the birds have gone south to warmer places. Secondly, getting birds to pose in good light and having the fall colours has been a challenge.

However, this morning I went for a walk and on my return  I heard this noise. It was a flock of Common Grackles in the Maple trees at the back of my house. I went and got my camera - ready at all times. I then went to see if I  could photograph any one bird in the leaves and show the fall colours.

The photos to the right are the result of my efforts.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 - 500mm lens.