Sunday, September 21, 2008

Street Birding

This morning I got a late start, leaving the house a little after 8:00. I decided to go for a shorter birding walk than usual and stay on the streets. Instead of walking down to Lake Creek Trail, I just walked down Stillforest, up Meadowheath, and then took Sherbourne back. I was excited to find 3 species of migrating warblers, and all were first-of-season sightings for me. On Stillforest I came across 2 Nashville Warblers and on Sherbourne there was a nice small flock of birds that included a Black-throated Green Warbler and an Orange-crowned Warbler.

On Woodmere I got these photos of 2 common year-round resident birds. (In fact, both are on my NASWC Top 20 Bird List.) Here is a Carolina Chickadee:

And this is a female Downy Woodpecker:


TexasDeb said...

I've been seeing a couple of woodpeckers around here lately as well. They are busy birds - I am impressed you got such a clear shot. What's your secret?

Mikael Behrens said...

Thanks, Deb. There are much sharper and clearer bird pictures out there, but I think you need a much larger and more expensive camera to take them. I have this camera which is one of the only compact "super zoom" cameras I could find with a manual focus ring. I have to get pretty close to birds to get good shots, and I have to take lots of pictures to increase the chances of having 1 or 2 good ones.

Then the good pictures still need lots of cropping, noise reduction, and a little sharpening. But it's about the best I can do with the money I'm willing to invest and the bulk I'm willing to carry with me while I'm out birding. And it works out OK for blog pictures.