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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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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.

Sing Proudly

SingingProudly

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this little bird singing proudly at the top of a tree today under a clear blue Spring sky in Holland, Michigan. I’m not sure what type of bird it is, maybe someone will comment as to what they think? This is the first day it’s really felt like Spring to me this year :)

Log Slide

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Looking through my files I found this photo I took in the upper peninsula of Michigan, west of Grand Marais. In the old days, logs were sent down a log chute to the waters of Lake Superior. Now everyone can enjoy the picturesque beauty of the shoreline.

 

Day’s End

DaysEnd

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I captured this moment yesterday as the sun was departing for the day over the cold and icy waters of Lake Michigan near the state park in Holland. Mounds of ice can be seen in the foreground with the open waters of the big lake beyond.

Ice Light

IceLight

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Winter tries to hold on tightly this Spring in Michigan. I found these formations of ice on the Pere Marquette lighthouse yesterday in Muskegon, Michigan along the shores of the big lake.

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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