April 2015 Swallows, etc.

 

Swallows are difficult to photograph!   They are small, only 5 to 6 inches long. Their flight is rapid and erratic. And catching one perched is difficult, since when they do land they usually don’t sit still for long.  However, with some luck I was finally able to get a decent look at three that we see here in April–Barn, Tree and Northern Rough-winged swallows.

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Spring migration is on and I saw a pair of birds that I hadn’t seen in a couple of years–a Solitary sandpiper and an Eastern kingbird.

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Then there were a couple of the local raptors, and other regulars.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Osprey

Osprey

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Laughing Gulls

Laughing Gulls

And an “in your face” Brown thrasher!

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Finally, a few bird pictures that to me look more like paintings than photographs.

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Royal Tern

Royal Tern

White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireo

Limpkin

Limpkin

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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