2013 Allegheny, NY Trip
May 2013, I attended another fantastic photo workshop led by Matthew Studebaker, this time to Allegheny State Park in New York, again to photograph warblers and other birds. The first 4 photos here were taken in Louisiana as my "warm up practice" before the trip.
2012 Michigan Trip
After last year's Ohio trip, I attended another fantastic photo workshop led by Matthew Studebaker, this time to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This time I was able to get shots of 13 species of warblers, plus 8 other bird species! Some of these photos are the best I've ever taken, including several of a very rare and difficult to photograph warbler. Many thanks to Matthew. We even had to dodge forest fires and withstand power outages in the cabins, but it was all worth it. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did taking them.
2012 Louisiana Warblers
After learning warbler photography last year in Ohio, I decided to try to photograph each of the 8 warbler species that nest in southern Louisiana close to home. Finding them is easy...getting a photo has proven to be very challenging. This spring I managed to get fairly good shots of 6 species, but I have what I call "snapshots" of 2 others (American Redstart and Swainson's). That's all I can do this year because they can usually only be photographed during nesting season. I'll try to improve on these in 2013. Next stop...to Northern Michigan for more Warblers!
Ohio Warbler trip, May 2011
Spectacular trip led by Matthew Studebaker. On past birding trips during migration I sometimes struggled to get a glimpse of 6-8 Warbler species through binoculars, much less have a chance to photograph them. On this trip I saw 17 Warbler species and photographed 9 of them! For those of you who have never seen them, Warblers are amazingly beautiful and very tiny, some as small as 4 1/2 inches long. My primary target was the Cerulean Warbler which I had never seen before. Within 5 minutes of setting up the first day, I had my first photograph of a Cerulean Warbler! Following the Warblers, I have posted 8 other bird species photos taken on this trip. Click on the first photo to start.
Some shots from April 2007: