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All photographs by David Lilly

Lovely American Kestrel

I got  a hint that there might be a pair of American Kestrels nesting in a box on private land. Went and talked to the landowner and he gave me the ok and pointed me in the direction of the nesting box.

Of course I used the standard procedure around nesting birds. I keep my distance and waited for the kestrel to enter or leave the nest. After about 30 minutes one of the Kestrels emerged from the box and flew to a local spruce tree.

I keep my distance again and moved around and got the following photos to the right. 

As most of my Kestrels photos are on fence post the photo here is a relief as they show the Kestrel in a natural setting. 

I had to photograph at a steep angle. As I moved around the Spruce tree the light was good.

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

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.