Thursday, 6 June 2013

Point Pelee Day 4 Six 'Lifers'

May 22 Point Pelee Sunny
Another different set of birds passing through. The main migration of warblers had been late April and early May. However I managed 27 species and six 'Lifers'  on the day.

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)

Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus)
Highlights were Black Terns, their black and white plumage was  tough to photograph in the evening light, a Nashvile Warbler and an Eastern Screech owl were treats even though the latter was too obscured for a photo.

Nashville Warbler (Oreothylypis ruficapilla)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
While photographing an Indigo Bunting these two Northern Cardinals dropped out of the sky at the tip of the forested area of Point Pelee. The brightly coloured male took no time at all to find a seed for his partner. The birds were very wary of me having just arrived from  a long flight over Lake Erie. I had to be very quiet while this moment unfolded. I was partly obscured by foilage but I am happy with the story telling seen here. It was a privilage to witness this tender moment that was repeated several times. The following shot is of the female after she was disturbed by a passerby.
Female Northern Cardinal

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)

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