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All photographs by David Lilly

It's Nesting Time

Spring is my favorite time of the year for Bird Photography.


Today, I spent an hour or so with a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers excavating a hole for a nest.


I have read in some books that only the female excavates the nest hole, but today I noticed this is incorrect. I saw the woodpeckers switch around a couple of times.


The woodpeckers found a dead tree at about five meters above the ground. I did notice there were possible nest holes from previous years - maybe it is their preferred tree. The fact that the hole was high in the dead tree made it difficult for great photographs. A technique I used was to move away from the tree and decrease the angle. Of course, it also does not allow for close-up photos. My results from today are on the left


The nest was on the south side of the tree. It took me a few minutes to locate the woodpecker. There was not the usual loud banging associated with the Pileated woodpecker but rather a softer tapping sound. As I listed I observed one large dead tree and concluded that must be the tree.


The first woodpecker was a female as in the photos to the right. After 15 minutes or so the male showed up and the female left but came back.



Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 500mm 5.6 pf lens.

Spring is in the Air

Spring is my favorite time of the year for bird photography.


For me, it is like a revival of life after being frozen and covered in snow all winter. 


When I see the American Robin I am confident that spring has sprung. I love photographing Robin. Along with the Robins come other spring birds, the Eastern Phoebe, Bonaparte's Gull, and the Ring-billed Gull.


Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 500mm 5.6 pf lens.

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Spring has arrived here in New Brunswick. The Normal birds are coming to my feeders.


On one of my field trips, I photographed a rear bird even for New Brunswick. A flock of approx 25 Glossy ibises was in a water-filled farmer field. I managed to get a couple of photos and have included one photo below of an Ibis in flight.


Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 500mm F 5.6 PF Lens

The Elusive Sora

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

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