Friday, June 26, 2009

Red Eyed Vireo

It was this picture of the Red-Eyed Vireo that finally enabled us to identify it. Its red eye is pretty clear in this photo (especially if you enlarge it). And then it was obvious (to us finally) because it was the only bird in the Chicago area with a red eye, dark eye stripe, grayish crown and white body.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Black and White Warbler

Saw this little Black and White Warbler in Grant Park. They stick very close to the tree trunk - and, depending on the tree and the light, can really blend into the trunk.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Green Heron

This Green Heron was lunching at Eggers Grove Forest Preserve (a surprisingly lush green oasis in the middle of a primarily industrial area on the southeast side of Chicago).

Friday, June 5, 2009

How A Bird Flies

Over the last two months of photographing birds, I've managed to document their secret. They don't flap their wings to take off and fly. Instead, they launch themselves like miniature jet-propelled rockets. Here's the proof.

Red Eyed Vireo ................ Blackpoll Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Black and White Warbler ........... Black Throated Green Warbler

Cape May Warbler
American Goldfinch