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All photographs by David Lilly

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The Elusive Sora and Virginia Rail

The Sora has got to be one of the most elusive birds to photograph.

They are found in the Cattails in the marshy areas and really come out in plain view. When they do make themselves available for a shot it is a special treat.

The Sora to the right presented itself for longer than normal and in plain view.

A few days ago I also photographed the elusive Virginia Rail. Two photos at the bottom of this article.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 to 500 mm lens

Why do Common Grackles have White Eyes?

I have researched and cannot find, why Common Grackles have white eyes. If someone reads this and have an answer, please email me. Apparently, the eye is not white but rather a very light yellow. It looks white in the photos in this gallery.

Flycatchers are hard to ID.

After careful examination and comparing to several books I am convinced this is an Alder Flycatcher. Plus it was photographed in Alders.

He was flying around catching flies in the evening. He then landed in a perfect location with great light.

I was ready and captured the two photos to the right.

If you disagree with my assessment, please email me.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 500mm lens

Alder Flycatcher

 Low Numbers of Bobolinks 

Bobolinks numbers are on the decline in Canada.

The reason is clear. As I watched and photographed these birds. They were making their nest in the middle of a field growing hay. So, it is most likely the field will be mowed before the young are fledged.

Don't quote me on that because I have not confirmed the above situation. 

The field in question has an abundant amount of insects and it does not appear to be a field of a high yield crop, so I don't think it will be sprayed with insecticides.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 500mm lens

Woodpecker Gallery

Juvenile Hermit Thrush

This Juvenile Hermit Thrush was hard to ID.  

The juvenile birds don't have the normal markings in any of the books.

After looking at several bird books and watching the behavior I was able to make a decision. 

The behavior that gave it away and helped with ID was in one of the books. The book stated when the Thrush lands it lifts its tail and sort of wags it. This is what this thrush did convincing me it was in fact a Hermit Thrush.

The Grey spot on the back was not in any of the books.

I also emailed a couple of photos to an expert birder who also confirmed my ID.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200 500mm lens

Island Birds

There are so many great locations to photograph birds in Canada. 

Last week I visited Campobello Island in the south of New Brunswick, Canada. The island has a long history and is connected to the USA by a bridge. 

For a bird photographer, it should be on a bucket list of places to go and photograph birds. During my week on the Island, I saw and photographed a couple of new species. The Broad-wing hawk was the highlight.

Also, the sunsets were amazing.

Nikon D 500 with a 50mm pf lens.

Hummingbirds are difficult to Photograph

Photographing Ruby-throated Hummingbirds requires everything to be aligned.

The light must be excellent with no shadows. The backgrounds must be clutter-free. Try to get eye level with the bird. There will be many missed photos.

Remember to take lots of photographs.

Camera settings I used for the photographs in this article Shutter 1/6000 at F 6.7 ISO was set to Auto. I had my camera on a tripod and in the On position.

Ravens on the Beach

Most bird photographers ignore the Raven.

There are a number of reasons for this  I believe. First of all, Ravens are very difficult to expose - overexpose and the feathers become washed out. Underexpose and there are no details I the feathers. Second, they are a common bird. They are also hard to get close to for a good photograph

I photographed these Ravens on a beach as they forged for food.  They were not afraid of me as I was sitting on the beach watching and photographing shorebirds. I never pass up a photo opportunity no matter what type of bird it may be. 

As you can see from the photos from the bottom of this article I had great light and a good background.

Nikon D 500 with a 500mm pf Nikon lens

Some Migrating Shorebirds

There are too many Shorebirds migrating along the Eastern Seabord for an accurate count. 

I have heard a number of about four million at any one time. From my estimate, I would say that number to be low.

Shorebirds are not easy to get close to when in a big flock. When one is spooked they all take flight.

For the Semipalmated Plover (bottom) and the Sanderling (top), I sat on the beach and waited and they came to me- within four meters or closer.

They were scared away by the Ravens(see article below)

Nikon D 500 with a 500mm pf Nikon lens