House Finch

This cheerful sounding little House Finch flew in for a visit today. It looks like there is a lot more activity with the birds in my area. Perhaps many of them are passing through while some will be building nests nearby soon.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Sign of Spring

This morning I saw the first robin of the year here as the skies were sunny and beginning to melt the recent snowfall. Its been a mild winter in Southwest Michigan, although the month of March has been colder and had its share of snowfall so far. I’m looking forward to no more snow soon until next winter 🙂

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Passing Through

These starlings paused to rest as they seemed to be passing through the area. I’ve noticed bird activity starting to pick up lately. Despite recent snowfall, they seem to sense Spring is on the way 🙂

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Flight

A moment of flight frozen by the camera can sometimes be a challenge to capture, but always fun to see. At 1/1,250 of a second late in the day, I had to use an ISO of 3200 for the lower light conditions.

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Beauty in Nature

The local rooster decided to visit again today looking for the bird feeder overflow of seeds. This time he allowed me to photograph him much closer. I was impressed with the beauty of his feathers as you can see in the images below 🙂

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Flickr

For those of you who may not have noticed the link to Flickr where some of my favorite photos reside, please click on the image below to take a look 🙂

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Day of the Chicken

Today I had some unexpected visitors looking to get their share from a bird feeder’s overflow. They didn’t seem to mind my photographing them at the time as long as they got their lunch. Although the rooster gave me a pretty tough look as he walked away seeming to warn me not to mess with him or those under his protection 🙂

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Moonlit Flight

The best time to see the Supermoon in my area of Michigan was tonight. I was fortunate to also see this flight of Sandhill Cranes flying in formation as the moon was rising.

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In Touch with Nature

With the sun shining brightly today, I decided to take a journey outdoors to get in touch with nature and at the same time hopefully find a few subjects worthy of capturing with my camera. You can be the judge if I succeeded 🙂

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Horses under a Willow tree

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The remains of seed pods near the shore 0f a river

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Reflections of trees along a river’s shoreline

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A landscape with interesting color, texture and contrast

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A gull swimming with its wake trailing behind

 

 

Eastern Bluebird

The royal blue of the Eastern Bluebird is always a pleasure to see this time of year. Their sweet songs and vibrant colors are a welcome sign of Spring. You may notice birdhouse boxes in many parks and backyards built for them which has helped to boost their population over recent decades. This has followed a long decline due to loss of habitat.

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