When it comes to digiscoping warblers, sometimes I wish all were as cooperative as the Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler. This sentiment is illusory, however. If it was just a single individual Yellow-rump, the challenge would likely be about the same as it is for most other warbler species, though they're typically far less abundant. But because there were literally hundreds of Yellow-rumps at Pheasant Branch Conservancy this morning, it would have been more surprising if I had left the field without a picture of one!
Ever since I began digiscoping in 2002, it's been something of a tradition of mine to try and obtain a top-notch portrait of a Yellow-rumped Warbler each spring. Well, after this morning it looks like I'm done until next year! Naturally, should a Yellow-rumped Warbler cross my lens any time throughout the remainder of spring migration, I'll still try and digiscope it.
As a nature photographer, it's a nice feeling to end the weekend with so many stunning images of birds and other things. There's a keen sense of accomplishment and satisfaction; it's the fix for the addiction. As a birder and dreamer, the sights I witnessed today will form mental imagery as I drift off to sleep tonight.
I'll probably think back to the American White Pelicans I saw flying over the drumlin, especially the turn. I'll recall the beautiful Osprey making its way northwest riding on thermals. Even now, if I close my eyes, I can still see Yellow-rumped Warblers sallying for flying insects over the creek corridor. If I concentrate, my imagination can render the sound of their bill snapping.
Wood Duck (female)
Wood Duck (male)
Location: Pheasant Branch
Observation date: 4/11/10
Number of species: 60
American White Pelican
Great Horned Owl
All images © 2010 Mike McDowell