Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Flying Jewels of Spring

The spring season is one of my favorite times of the year. Along with milder temperatures, the greening of foliage and flowering trees, bird migration occurs. Colorful, active birds make regular stops throughout the Midwest. Some delight us with their beauty throughout the summer months and others stop for only a brief visit as they make their way north. These bright, dazzling birds decorate the blossoming trees for all to appreciate.

Always a glorious sight ~ Scarlet Tanager

A resplendent Blackburnian Warbler explores the oak tree leaves for prey

On the hunt for a buggy snack ~ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

A brilliant Yellow Warbler pauses for a moment in the marsh

A secretive Kentucky Warbler searches for food amongst the leaf litter

A stunning Chestnut-sided Warbler among the budding pink blossoms

A bright orange beauty ~ Baltimore Oriole

A gorgeous Magnolia Warbler gleans insects from a budding tree

A striking Cedar Waxwing sups on fresh blooms

A black-capped bird in search of a meal ~ Wilson's Warbler

A Brown Thrasher forages near the forest edge

Seeking nourishment along the creek ~ Prothonotary Warbler

Sitting pretty on a branch ~ Ovenbird

A lovely Canada Warbler searches for nutrition amidst pretty pink blooms

Crooning a tune ~ Hooded Warbler

Blue brilliance ~ Eastern Bluebird

A moment of peace for this busy Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Marco Luijken said...

Hey Julie,
What a surprise my!! I started my blogger account and see your new post.
Very wonderful pictures. Great how you']ve photographed all these colorful birds.
They are fantastic.!! Shot 3 is totally the best. Wonderful!!

Best regards,

stiefbeen said...

Geweldig zoveel mooie verschillende vogels bij elkaar en zo mooi.

stiefbeen said...

Geweldig zoveel mooie verschillende vogels bij elkaar en zo mooi.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Julie, what a beautiful collection of warblers! Awesome photos!

Kerri Farley said...

Wow....they take my breath away! Oh so lovely!

PoetessWug said...

WOW! I saw a few birds here that I've never seen before!! BEAUTIFUL!!!...as usual! :-)

JRandSue said...

A delight to see,amazing captures,photography at its best.

Unknown said...

Your photos are amazing.

Guy said...

Hi Julie

As always your photos are stunning, not only are the birds beautifully captured but the backgrounds are perfectly realized. I love the Prothonotary warbler over the rippling water.


Lasse said...

I envy you all those colorful birds. Looks very exotic !

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Julie,
The way you show us your bird photos is like going to heaven...
You are such a true artist in capturing them at their VERY BEST!
Bringing out all those details that the human eye would not even be able to notice when in flight or action.
Thanks for sharing this with your readers.
Hugs and happy summer!

You probably laugh about my amature shots that I will show tonight from an Anhinga at Sarasota Bay. I had to take pictures with the Snipping Tool from my iPhone video as I am unable to upload it to YouTube since we got satellite internet... Too bad!

Noke said...

Schöne Bilder von den verschiedenen Vögel.


Ela said...

Beautiful birds and wonderful collection of photos !

Bob Bushell said...

Well taken, so many birds. Excellent photography Julie.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Getting pictures of birds is not the easiest thing to do,but you not only have pictures.These are splendid works of art.Each bird captured in the perfect spot.

Unknown said...

Hi Julie, I check your blog often and am certainly happy you've posted again. These shots a beautiful. I missed a couple opportunities to photograph an Ovenbird. Maybe someday. I've never seen a Kentucky Warbler either. All your photos are great composition and color.

KaHolly said...

Oh, my goodness, what gorgeous photos!! And such a wide assortment of warblers and friends. I've missed your posts! Glad to see you back again. Hope all is well.

Kathie Brown said...

Julie, these are wonderful shots and you have several that I have not seen! Lucky you!

Tinie said...

Wow, this is a beautiful series Julie.
Beautiful colorful species of birds you had the lens, so beautiful they do not sit here
Greetings Tinie

Kelly said...

...what a gorgeous collection! It's a great time of the year for us bird lovers!! :-) Were these all from your property?

Debbie said...

ooohhhhh Julie, always such a treat when you update!! All of you images are just stunning, you have some really beautiful visitors!!

Impossible to pick a favorite, so I will just emphasize that I enjoyed all of them!! I had an oriole visit me this past winter, she stayed for months and is gone now. Such a treat and a connection I will never forget. She was a young bird, very depended and very aware of us. It was such a fun experience!!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Julie,
Since you are quite familiar with the Sarasota Bay area and also know far more about birds, small and large, could you tell if this one was friendly, angry or just excited: Sarasota Bay, Florida - Anhinga}
Hugs to you,

forgetmenot said...

Julie, Bright and dazzling is right!!! Wow, another series of amazing photos. I love the Baltimore Oriole and, of course, the little Bluebird and Hummingbird are precious. The variety of birds you see and the excellent photos you take of them are quite impressive. I'm sure that you must spend many hours "out and about" patiently waiting to photograph these beautiful birds, and I'm sure you are enjoying every minute of it. Thank you for sharing your awesome photos. Hope all is well. Mickie :)

Scott (@NESASK) said...

Superlative collection of photos, Julie. So good.

Rohrerbot said...

You are amazing! These are absolutely stunning shots of tricky birds! Congrats and thanks for sharing their beauty in epic clarity! Kudos!

TexWisGirl said...

wow! these are fabulous - sightings AND photos!

i noticed your site in my blog traffic and came over - realized i must have accidentally deleted you from my feed reader when doing some clean-up! glad to have you back!

MoiCLouLou said...

Hi Julie,

Wow! All these pictures are so perfect, I can't choose on that I prefer to the others...
They all are stunning!
Spring is my favorite season too but summer is also very nice so I am enjoying it as much as I can.
Have a wonderful summer!

CabinGirl said...

Absolutely stunning, Julie. You capture colors and birds in their natural setting so beautifully.

Hope you're having a good summer!

Anonymous said...

Julie, what a wonderful collection of warblers -each one a gem!

Joke van de Klift said...

Ik vind jouw foto's altijd zo mooi!
Schitterende vogels, en zo scherp.
Het is weer een prachtige collectie.

Groetjes, Joke

Weekend Cowgirl said...

Your bird photos are so beautiful!

Susan said...

Julie, your photos are absolutely Gorgeous!!! Great shots of all these feathered beauties! I also want to thank you for following my blog. Looking forward to seeing more of your amazing photos!- Susan

Breathtaking said...

Wow! So many beautiful exotic looking birds you have photographed to perfection. I will follow your blog with pleasure, and thank you for following mine Julie.
Warm regards Sonjia.

Dan said...

Tell the truth now... you and Mother Nature are related? ;-)

A treasure each and everyone!

John's Island said...

Hi Julie, I just left you a more detailed comment over on Birding is Fun! but must comment here as well … I just can’t believe you posted this back in June and I’m just now taking a look. As always, these shots are wonderful! I can’t help but smile about that comment Daniel just left for you. Ha ha, it must be true! And you are definitely an inspiration! Well, I am considering a new camera. I’ve looked at your list of equipment and yes, Canon is excellent. Your pictures are evidence of that. I possibly will not get something that good because I want to stay with something small enough to easily cart around on travels. I’ve had good results and compliments with my little Sony RX100 (which is just about worn out!) and so I’m thinking about a Sony a7. It is still fairly small and will take different lenses. It might be a step up from the RX100 and still easy to carry around. I wonder if you have any suggestions? As always, thank you for keeping an eye on my blog and your kind comments! John

John's Island said...

Hi Julie, Please excuse another comment here but I just wanted to thank you so much for the kind words you left for me yesterday. You absolutely write the most wonderful comments! Thank you for your thoughts about the cameras. I will be looking forward to your next posts on your blogs. Until then, take care and be well. John

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Julie,
Coming here once more and with great pleasure to scroll through your excellent photos again.
Thinking about your dear Dad; two years is not much and he is forever in your heart.
Hugs and happy summer!

Metis Birding said...

Wow! Your photography is amazing! I am a sucker for warblers-- and boy did you see some good ones this year. Thanks for capturing them and sharing.

Giancarlo said...

Buone vacanze...ciao.

waldlaeufer68 Frank Scholtyssek said...

wow fantastic close-ups before I get such shots the birds are gone forever;-))
regards Frank

Scott Simmons said...

Fantastic photos! There are a few here I've yet to see!

Birder's Journey said...

Looking again at your beautiful bird shots - a great ID guide for me! Looking forward to seeing many more.

Unknown said...

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Manuel Luis said...

Penso que apesar de preservarmos a frágil vida destas doces criaturas quando as fotografamos, correm o risco de caírem nas mãos de pessoas desalmadas que poderão prendê-los ou matá-los.
A sua liberdade está acima de tudo.
Excelentes fotos.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic photography of the bierds!!! Best regards.

John eos shooter said...

Great stuff. Great images of amazing species we never see back here in Holland. I will add you to my list to see your work more often!

Gr. John