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 🙂

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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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 dove 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.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Seedpod

I spotted this seedpod along the roadside yesterday and thought it was interesting enough to photograph. It appeared to have some remaining seeds in the upper left pod.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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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 🙂

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Discovery in the Grass

I found this Northern Flicker yesterday as it was sitting in a field under sunny skies. I like this angle which displays the distinctive red mark on the back of its head. The Northern Flicker is a member of the woodpecker family. I’ve seen a few over the years, but this is the closest I’ve been to one.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Dune Landscape

I ventured out to the State Park in Ludington, Michigan today where there were diverse landscapes including sand dunes, marshes and vernal pools. This particular image was one of my favorites for the day, showing those elements under a blue sky.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Petite Pointe Au Sable Lighthouse

The Petite Pointe Au Sable Lighthouse (The Little Point of Sand Lighthouse) was completed in 1874 along the shores of Lake Michigan. Its light rises 108 feet over the waters to signal ships the location of the shoreline. I photographed it today under beautiful blue sunny skies. You may also notice the green shaded lake waters as well with a beautiful dark strip of blue water all along the horizon.

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Water Skimming

I found this pair of Bufflehead ducks skimming along the water yesterday. Their skill in flying so close to the waves and each other was a sight to behold.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Launch!

I spotted some Tree Swallows flying near a nesting box today. I caught the moment this one launched itself sideways from its perch. Today was a beautiful sunny day in West Michigan. It was a welcome change from the recent rain and snow.

Photo copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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