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A Touch of Yellow

Yellow_Warbler

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I’m looking forward to seeing more Yellow Warblers come back to West Michigan in a few weeks. I photographed this one as it sang last May in a nearby wooded area. It looks like it will finally feel more like Spring as the temperatures approach 70 this weekend in West Michigan :)

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Sleepy Owl

Snowy

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I enjoyed photographing this sleepy Snowy Owl. It was stretching its claws while standing on a concrete drainage structure in a field where it hunted. This Snowy could probably win the cutest bird of prey contest if there were such a thing, lol :)

Dive of the Red Tail

DIVE

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I never tire of photographing Red Tailed Hawks. They are amazing birds of prey. Their distinctive red tail can vary in brightness and tone from cinnamon-red to darker shades. I caught the moment this one started to dive under the blue skies of Michigan.

Remnants of Winter

RemnantsOfWinter

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Some of Winter’s snow remained today in a wetland area of Holland, Michigan. I found this Great Blue Heron there amidst the reeds and melting snow. It was feeling like Spring as temperatures approached 50F (10C) in West Michigan with tomorrow expected to reach 60F (15.55C). (click on the image to see an enlarged more detailed view)

Red on Blue

NorthernCardinal

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Northern Cardinal today in Ottawa County, Michigan. It was sunny with blue skies most of the day which made a great background for this colorful bird.

 

Beauty of Flight

HappyFlight

 

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

After discovering a Mallard duck habitat today, I was fortunate to have several fly in front of me as they displayed their colorful formation in Holland, Michigan.

Mallard Habitat

MallardFrenzy

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found these Mallard ducks gathered in their habitat while visiting a wetland area in Holland, Michigan today.  One pair decided to take flight while I was composing the shot :)

 

Prelude to Flight

Takeoff

 

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this pair of Merganser ducks peacefully swimming in Holland, Michigan today and captured the moment when one was just about to become airborne. The other followed  behind. I found it interesting that it had what appeared to be a cross on its back. As it took to the air later, the cross was gone. It appeared to be made of reeds it had swam through. (Click on any of the images to see and enlarged version)

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Golden Eagle Call

GoldenEagle

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I  captured this moment last year of a Golden Eagle in West Michigan as it was calling out. I liked the somewhat unique view as its tongue extended during the call. The golden tinged feathers of the bird of prey’s neck accounts for its name.

 

10,000 Followers! Thanks to All! :)

GlowingWIngs1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

In celebration of reaching 10,000 followers to my blog, I’m posting one of my favorite subjects in nature, a dragonfly. I’m looking forward to Spring and Summer when I’ll be able to see more of these beautiful creatures in their varying colors and patterns. Thanks so much to all for your continued interest in my blog as I attempt to convey some of the beauty and wonders in nature to you!

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