Just as the sports networks have reverted to broadcasting past games, without a lot of new photos, I am posting some past photos of particular interest. Here’s a collection from 2011-2013. I took the first photo in a wetlands east of Rochester, New York.
The following photo is part of a late afternoon series taken on Church Road west of Rochester, New York. Short-ears start feeding prior to dawn and sunset. Using the continuous setting on my camera, at 9 frames per second, I was able to get some good action shots. The following year leafy vegetables were planted in these fields–no owls because no rodents.
You have to defend your own seed pods.
In the Everglades the birds show no fear of humans just a few feet away (feeding them is prohibited). This Egret conveniently posed for the camera (though it was probably watching and listening for prey). The Tree Swallows were hard to get in the viewfinder. I had many empty frames, even with continuous shooting. Below, I managed to capture a Swallow a nano-second before insect capture.
Oatka Park in Western New York was always great for bird photography. Here, over Oatka Creek, several Cedar Waxwings were feeding on insects (hopefully, mosquitoes).
As small reptiles and insects disappear, so do the bird populations dwindle.
You can find a selection of birds whose populations are in decline in Shrinking Bird Populations.