Tag Archives: The Connecticut shore

Chickadee Closeup

Even though I have published a few Chickadee articles recently it’s not often closeup photographs are available. While they are anything but shy, catching their brief moments being still is hard. These photos are fairly close and you can see things not always in small bird images.

Chickadee Closeup - Click To Enlarge
Chickadee Closeup – Click To Enlarge
Chickadee Closeup - Click To Enlarge
Chickadee Closeup – Click To Enlarge

There was plenty of food here so I was able to shoot them from different angles.  As long as I kept a respectable distance they were too busy to pay attention to me.

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Chickadee Closeup – Click To Enlarge
Chickadee Closeup - Click To Enlarge
Chickadee Closeup – Click To Enlarge
Chickadee Closeup - Click To Enlarge
Chickadee Closeup – Click To Enlarge

I only shot one decent in flight photo (previously posted) since the thick reeds were in the way. I’ll gladly take these.

 

Low Tide Connecticut Salt Marsh

Taken at one of the many Connecticut Land Preserves. Even at this time of year there are landscape opportunities, as long as you don’t mind the color brown.

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Low Tide Connecticut Salt Marsh – Click To Enlarge
Low Tide Connecticut Salt Marsh - Click To Enlarge
Low Tide Connecticut Salt Marsh – Click To Enlarge

An Eagle nest is on the small island, but I have never seen it active. Ospreys do love this area though.

Chickadee In The Reeds

These shots were taken the same day as the Downy Woodpecker and Nuthatch. All in or around the reeds. I now know why, after watching these Chickadees, there was so much activity. Apparently there are seeds inside the reed stalks.

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Chickadee In The Reeds – Click To Enlarge

I watched them strip the outside sheath and pull out streams of small seeds.

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Chickadee In The Reeds – Click To Enlarge

I tried, but was not successful in catching the flying seeds.

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Chickadee In The Reeds – Click To Enlarge

For me Chickadees are a lot like ducks. I must take the photograph when I see them.

 

Downy Woodpecker In The Reeds

The last few days we have been out actively searching for small birds to photograph. If you look back on the recent pages in this site you will see the results. We are photographing more than our fair share.

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Downy Woodpecker In Reeds – Click To Enlarge

Here a small Downy Woodpecker moved around, low in the reeds, next to the trail we were on. The stalks ruined most shots, but I took enough images that something had to be good.

Most times I get the best Woodpecker photos with my longer lens. Here these were shot at only around 250mm.