Buckeye Herps Blog

A photographic journal of the reptiles and amphibians of Ohio, Michigan and other places interesting wildlife call home.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Feathered Herps from 2011

I picked up some binoculars a couple years ago for turtling, and started to spend a little more time with my eyes in the sky this year.  Spending much of my field time along the lakes in Michigan and Ohio places me in some wonderful places to do some birding. I am at best a fledgling birder, and hope to do even more next year.  I also need plenty more work on my avian photography.  Here are a selection of images from 2011.

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys ?

Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus

Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus

Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis

Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
American Redstart  Setophaga ruticilla

Yellow Warbler  Dendroica petechia

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalu

Kirtland's Warblers  Dendroica kirtlandii

Bobolinks  Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Trumpeter Swan  Cygnus buccinator

Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis

White-breasted Nuthatch  Sitta carolinensis ??

Well that's about it for the birds this year.  I have a bunch more un-usuable stuff.  Hopefully, with some more work on my technique I can increase the number of keepers as well as improve the quality of my shots overall.



  1. Not bad.

    1) What zoom lens are you using these days?

    2) Are you using a tripod?

    Thanks, CRB.

  2. Most of these were taken with my new this spring Nikon 70-200 VRII. All were hand-held. I need to get a monopod for bird shots, and honestly a longer zoom...