Here are the bird photos that I got today from the few hours we spent at Patrick's Point SP. I usually go to the same handful of spots to take bird photos around here, so this was nice for a little variety. It's only a 25 minute drive from our place - not really sure why we don't head up there more often!
Right when we got there, we saw a few Townsend's Warblers mixed in with some Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets. It's been a while since I've taken any warbler shots, so I was pretty excited about getting a couple Townsend's. Head on pictures of birds always make me laugh for some reason. Just a different view I guess, I like it. The kinglets love to taunt me to no end. I'm still getting used to the monopod and the heavier new camera, and given the fact these birds are insanely hyperactive, well...I do get frustrated. Not the cleanest shot of the Golden-crowned, but it's the best I've got of one so far.
We saw a Hutton's (no picture though)!!! Aw, I miss my little Hutton's friends, so that was another happy moment of the day. Zac and I are actually in the process of submitting our first (hopeful) publication and the subject is Huttons.
We hiked down to the rocky beach next and saw some Black Oystercatchers from a distance. I did some field work in the past with American Oystercatchers, but for whatever reason, I rarely see Black Oystercatchers. And since I've never photographed them before, I booked on down to the slippery rocks to get closer to them. This took a while, because a) i had to take my gloves off for camera purposes, so my hands were basically frozen b) the rocks were sooo wet and slippery and sharp and c) there were some monster waves that needed dodging on said slippery rocks. So, anyway, I managed to not hurt myself (shocking, really) and landed a few shots that made me happy.
While I was down running from waves on the rocks and stalking the BLOYs, I practically stepped on a Song Sparrow. This little dude was acting bizarre, going on a feeding frenzy, and paid zero attention to me. I stepped closer to him and got within 5 feet. His face was stained red from some serious berry eating and he was currently busy eating whatever seaweed type stuff was on the rocks. I must admit, I've been a little bored with the Song Sparrows (i'm sorry sparrows!) but this picture was too cute. * I realize now he was probably drunk from eating an excessive amount of overripe berries*
We hit up a different trail after that, and came across about 8 or 9 Wrentits. Man, those guys are itty bitty and hard to photograph (for me at least), but I love how ridiculously cute this first one looks...
Last one of the day was this Hermit Thrush who took a moment to pose nicely. I had been seeing them all day, but they would be buried in the brush, so I was okay with this guy being in the open for a split second !
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