2013 Project 365

Project 365/122 – Yellow Spots

Finally having a chance to catch up on some spring migration birding, I headed down to new-to-me natural area in Harwood, Maryland. Wooten’s Landing offers a natural marshland area that is lesser known.

A perfect resting stop for migrating warblers and other birds heading north for the summer. I was looking for yellow. Lots of yellow, and Wooten’s Landing didn’t disappoint. Upon entering the natural area, a pair of Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers were busy building their nest.

Blue Gray  Gnatcatcher

Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

I then began hearing all sorts of bird songs that I hadn’t heard before. Really wishing I was interested in listening to birding tapes in the car, I walked through the marsh area hoping to find the source of the songs. I quickly discovered it is much harder to bird when the leaves are on the trees. Made me wish I was still winter birding.

But then a small flush in tree caught my eye and I found several Common Yellow Throat Warblers.

Common Yellow Throat Warbler

Common Yellow Throat Warbler

Continuing on hoping to find more, a new song began to play. This time several White-Eyed Vireos came into view.

White-Eyed Vireo

White-Eyed Vireo

But wait ! There is more ! Besides the Osprey resting in the marsh, tons of Black-Wing Blackbirds, Chipping and Swamp Sparrows, and a Brown Thrasher, I also discovered this beautiful Northern Parula.

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

It was such a beautiful and perfect spring day. Wooten’s Landing proved to be heaven on earth. But it was time to visit Remy Martin. Remy says Neigh to you all.

Remy Martin

Remy Martin


Just for Jerry: Β Canon 60D, 500mm L, F/7.1, ISO 400, various shutter speeds, AWB.

47 replies »

  1. Thanks for teaching me some bird ID. I can’t imagine trying to photograph these lil’ flashes of color! My plant subjects don’t move. πŸ™‚

  2. That was a very good day of birding! Making up for lost time? Thank you for the shooting info. I’d ask which metering mode you use, but I’ll have plenty of chances to figure that out on my own.

    • I use a tripod all of the time, makes a huge difference. With all the leaves, I had to resort to manual focus to get some of these shots. Hope you’re having a great weekend planned. Remy says neigh back.

  3. Prized winning bird photography – what a great find. I love seeing the birds so close you can almost count their feathers – the colors are gorgeous! Remy Martin has the most amazing coat – beautiful shiny black!!!

    • Remy would love for you to come and visit Mary. Thank you so much for your kind words on the bird photos. I’ve been practicing a lot. The new lens this year is a tremendous difference, and the technique has certainly improved with time.

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