Like I said last post, I went to Buckhorn Island State Park to photograph migrating birds. Shooting moving birds in nature is much more difficult than those in my backyard. I do it far less frequently and the birds are never close enough, EVER. Plus, you usually only get one shot before they leave. In my garden they return, even the hawks. Check out the links if you are new here. I photograph a lot of birds.
The Great Blue Heron was fishing by the shore, but he spotted me and took flight. Fortunately, he was not the only one in the wetland at Beaver Island State Park, where I thought I was meeting the group of bird watchers.
I went to meet the folks at the Buffalo Audubon Society on Sunday, but missed them for the nature walk.
I left plenty early enough, but did not realize I had no idea where I was going. I thought the park was at the wrong end of the island, and I even lived on Grand Island for a few years. The tiny park actually was a place I went all the time when I lived there, I just did not know it was called Buckhorn Island State Park.
It is just a gravel and dirt trail along the river for the most part, ending at the marsh.
So I was driving around for an hour, missing the meetup time. I took the walk anyway, but would have loved to have the birders help me to identify birds I saw.
I think I have the birds in the photos correctly identified since most are very common. I don’t see Eastern Towhees very often though.
But one, I had no clue and I could not find it on Cornell’s site. I guessed it a female finch, but it kinda looks like a female Brown-headed Cowbird from pictures I saw. Males are very recognizable, but females are very plain. The color is very dull gray with a reddish/brownish tinge on the head. It was in the thickets, like many birds I saw.
I saw a Cardinal pair, numerous Red-winged Blackbirds, some Grackles, and tons of Robins. The herons were the highlight.
Another heron flies by.
Remember the post Die Daisy, Die? In it I was talking about how some native plants can become invasive. I illustrated with a field of Goldenrod, but mentioned that cattail are also very invasive. See what I mean?
One bird that was everywhere was the Goldfinch. None was very close to me, but they really populated this park.
Ducks were common in the Niagara River, but also very far out. This is Red-breasted Mergansers above.
There were not that many Canada Geese, but here is a pair below.
More ducks doing some aquatic ballet. That is a Bufflehead sliding in for show. The Mallard at the beginning also had a mate.
The Great Blue Heron really has a large wingspan. I was lucky to get him in this position, but I would have preferred much closer.
Of course, what waterway is gull free? I photograph a lot of seagulls too!