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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

I had never heard of them before today. Wow, they are like confused hummingbirds. Tiny, again think hummingbird drinking coffee.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Click To Enlarge
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Click To Enlarge

The photo above includes berries, that’s how small. They hover around the bushes, jump around, and spin upside down.

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Click To Enlarge

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Click To Enlarge

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Click To Enlarge

The photograph above shows a male doing part of his upside down routine.

It was a dark and gray day, but we did manage to find these guys. Shot 100 photos, got 3. Not bad considering.

Lone Mallard

I came on this guy bobbing around by himself in the Connecticut River. There wasn’t another duck anywhere.

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Lone Mallard – Click To Enlarge
Lone Mallard - Click To Enlarge
Lone Mallard – Click To Enlarge

Since I already have about 2 million photographs of Mallards I only shot a dozen or so images.

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Lone Mallard – Click To Enlarge

Moderation is important in photography.

Lesser Goldfinch Western Range

Recently I was searching for a bird identification. At the time I came across the Lesser Goldfinch. Even though they have a much smaller range than our American Goldfinches there are 2 distinct variations.

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Lesser Goldfinch Western Range – Click To Enlarge

Digging into my archives I knew there were some untouched raw files I’ve never processed. They turned out to be the ‘western’ variation. Looking at a map of the ‘eastern’ versions habitat I have a hard time finding where they separate.

Lesser Goldfinch Western Range - Click To Enlarge
Lesser Goldfinch Western Range – Click To Enlarge

Both species only live in the deep southwestern part of the USA. The eastern variation has a much darker head and chest.

 

Belted Kingfisher

Since early spring I have been trying to get a decent photograph of a Kingfisher.  They are very shy and unbelievably fast. In Rocky Neck they tend to stay out in the marsh near the Osprey nests.  That’s a far shot no matter what lens you use.

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Belted Kingfisher – Click To Enlarge

On the river Kingfishers will sit in overhanging branches. You might see them dive for fish, but again usually too far.

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Belted Kingfisher – Click To Enlarge

Now that the leaves are gone I can see them and their favorite fishing branches.

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Belted Kingfisher – Click To Enlarge

For a few moments today this male sat and let me move around the bank getting some shots. Not all that close, these were taken at 500mm . However, considering how they typically act I was happy to get these.