Last Summer we twice experienced a flock of Cedar Waxwings visiting our backyard, once in May, and again later in the season. But this year, they have been few and far between, although apparently not far away, as I caught this beauty with nesting and/or food material in her beak as she passed through.
The black mask for which the species is known is clearly visible in this close-up.
Learning to whistle like a Cardinal actually gets results in luring those birds to perch closer to your camera range. They work their way closer to you as you continue to whistle in reply to them. Here are a few decent shots I got of our Cardinal friends visiting the riverbank trees behind our apartment building.
The fellow in the large left photo below was caught preening, and I thought he looked more like a parrot when I captured him in this pose fairly close in front of me on a low bush on the riverbank.
This particular Robin is easily recognizable in our backyard in Napoleon, Ohio, as he/she has a abnormality, or some sort of break, in her wing. The white portion showing within her back feathers isn’t a blossom. It’s part of her wing, and if you look closely, you can see a portion of feather bone lying across that white patch. She, however, functions normally, and gave birth to a brood this Spring.
Great Blue Herons are one of several big birds that spent the Summer and Fall catching fish along the Maumee River near the bridge in Napoleon, Ohio.
I had several opportunities to shoot some close-ups of Great Blues (BELOW.)
It’s quite amazing that the Great Blue can appear rather grey, or bluish, in a standing position, but “morph” into a great creature whose front feathers feature white and are bordered in the back in magnificent deep purplish-blue while in flight.