Family Swim

I found these ducklings swimming with their mother on a local waterway. Most of the time they were following her, but there were moments like this when they seemed to lead the way ๐Ÿ™‚

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Beauty in the Details

Looking through my files I found this image of an American Kestrel I took a while ago. Getting in close enough to see the beauty in the details of its feathers, the subtle coloring, etc. makes this one special to me. Hope you enjoy seeing it as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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Burst of Orange

This male Baltimore Oriole discovered some pieces of fruit in the suet cake I had placed outside recently. Its burst of orange feathers caught my eye and moments later I was photographing him as he enjoyed a snack. The coloring was bright and vivid adding beauty to the day.

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Red-bellied

I had placed an orange outside to see what birds might be drawn to it. To my surprise, a Red-bellied Woodpecker took some interest. Its red head and patterned back along with the subtle, but unique, coloring of its belly made for a beautiful sight ๐Ÿ™‚

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Look Ma, No Wings!

I found this pair of birds todayย (ย House Finches? ) as one was showing off, speeding through the air without the use of its wings. Of course that was just for the split second I froze the moment with my camera ๐Ÿ™‚

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Robin

I saw this Robin fly in today and couldn’t resist grabbing my camera. The Robin is the State bird of Michigan.

The wind is picking up as warmer air comes into my area of Michigan. It should reach almost 70 degrees today, but some areas just a bit south of here may reach 80 degrees! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nice Couple

I found this nice Northern Shoveler couple floating along the water in West Michigan yesterday. The ducks seemed to be enjoying the afternoon sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

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Greater Yellowlegs

I found these Greater Yellowlegs wading in water yesterday. I don’t ever remember seeing this type of bird before. I’m not sure if they spend the summer here or may have been passing through the area. In any case, I’m happy to have run across them while I had my camera with me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Red-Winged Blackbird

I found this Red-winged blackbird yesterday as it was resting on a yellow colored signpost. This is the closest I’ve been to one, that is if you don’t count the ones that have doveย at my head over the years. They are very protective of their territory and will do that if you inadvertently get too close to a nest, as I have done.

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Yellow Gold

This American Goldfinch decided to visit today. I was happy where it landed allowing me to use the lattice as a framing device for the photo. It was pausing for a moment with a sunflower seed in its mouth ๐Ÿ™‚

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