Saturday, April 13, 2013
Oatka Creek Park • April 4
. My first Oatka butterfly of the year!
. These birds have quickly taken over much of the bird chorus in the park these days, giving the cardinals a run for their money.
. The mockingbirds were singing up on Maple Hill, going through a large catalog of sounds. When this one spotted me, it immediately took a perch in the direction of the sun. Being blinded by the sun, I had to shoot randomly and hoped to get something. This was the not bad result!
. Another common bird that is not easy to photograph well. This time, it is due to the prevailing black plumage. Front lit on a sunny day with a blue sky background it probably the best situation. Change any of these parameters and it may not be worth trying.
. This time of year the bird shows off its red epaulettes. Once breeding starting, the lower yellow portion may be all that is visible.
. The female Red-winged Blackbirds haven't shown up yet. So, this male is claiming his territory now and hoping to be all ready once the females do arrive from migration.