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The Final Bluebird

I finally got an opportunity to photograph the Eastern Bluebird.

The Eastern Bluebird Was the only Bluebird I have not photographed. I inquired about visiting private property to photograph a possible nesting pair. The owner gladly allowed me come and photographed the Bluebirds. I thank the owner for letting me see and photograph on the property. The pair had a choice of three nesting boxes.

I kept my distance. The morning light was behind me  - my preferred light direction for all birds. I was able to photograph the birds on a variety of perches. My favourite is the wrought Iron top right photo. Although the bottom left photo looks more of a natural setting.

Nikon D 500 with a 200 - 500mm lens

Some of the First Migrant Birds

Spring is the most exciting season for bird photographers in Canada. 

May is the month I look forward to because this is when the migratory birds are moving north on their way to the Boreal Forest. 

The Yellow-rummped warbler ( Myrtle Warbler ) is one of those migratory birds. By the time the warblers make their way to Canada they are hungry. Where-ever they can find food they stop and eat and then carry onto to their northerly destinations.

I was in the right spot on this morning in early May. The warblers had stopped for a feast on the newly hatched mosquitos in a small pond in Hyla Park  here in New Brunswick. I sat and photographed the warblers as they flew around me. The did not seem bothered by my presence. They were hungry and had to feed.

Nikon D 200 with a Nikon 20 - 500mm lens.

Migrants birds are singing

Migrant birds are here and are singing at the top of their lungs.

However, a bird photographer must get out now because as soon as the birds find a mate they will be too busy building nests and raising young to sing.

Also, as the leaves start to grow it will become much harder to see and photograph the birds. 

The singing birds to the right and bottom are some of the singing birds I have seen and photographed in the last couple of weeks of May.

Another good idea is try to learn the bird songs. There are many Apps that can help you .

Click on the photo to see the name on the bottom left.

Nikon D 200 with a Nikon 20 - 500mm lens.

Cedar Waxwing in a Cedar Tree

I have many photos of Cedar Waxwings in all types of trees, not one with Cedar Waxwing in a Cedar Tree until now.

I was driving down a quiet country road with my wife. She saw some birds in a Cedar Tree. I pulled over and set myself up directly across the road from the cedar tree. I rolled down the window and watched as the birds were Cedar Waxwings. The light was overcast. I decided to use the vehicle as a blind and it proved to be the right plan. 

The cedar Waxwings hoped about a huge Cedar Tree . I waited for the Waxwings and a perfect pose as possible. The Waxwings posed for me and I photographed the birds for a long time. To the right and bottom are some of the many photos from this opportunity.

Nikon D 500 with a 200 - 500 Nikon lens.

A Classic Bird Photograph

I have photographed Mother birds feeding her young before many  times.

However, this photo of the female Downy Woodpecker feeding her young male is a classic because of the light and how focused the mother is at feeding. The young male on the left appears bigger than his mother on the right.

The light was shaded on a sunny day. The perch was perfect and the pose is excellent. 

I consider this to be one of my favourite images.

Nikon D 500 with Nikon 500mm F4 lens and a 1.4 Teleconverter.

My first photo of a Northern Cardinal

One of the most beautiful birds in Canada the Northern Cardinal is also one of the rearer birds.

When I lived in Alberta I never got the opportunity to photograph the Cardinal. Since moving to New Brunswick I have seen the Cardinal on a couple of occassions but no photo opportunities.

Just recently a male and female have been visiting my bird feeders. As I observed the birds they did not present many opportunities. They are very cautious and spooked very easily.

I was sitting in my blind a couple of days ago and low and behold a male Northern Cardinal sat on a branch and posed for me. The light was overcast and the Cardinal was


Nikon D 500 with Nikon 500mm F4 lens and a 1.4 Teleconverter.