Early fall, it turns out, is one of the best times to go birding in the Washington D.C. area. Birds are migrating to the more temperate climes of the south. The number of birds in the area increases temporarily and birders have a field day trying to find all these birds. Many of the experience birders are enthusiastic about teaching what they know about birds (and photography). Yellow Rumped Warbler? Supposedly, they’re at Huntley Meadows Park at the moment. Can I find them? Umm, not with a lot of help. I need to learn how to recognize them first, without relying on the Merlin App from Cornell.
That aside, it is a lot of fun watching the birds fly around Huntley. There are several variety of woodpeckers hammering away in the woods. Warblers are frittering about. While the ospreys are gone, various hawks are salivating to take advantage of the migration time. Bluebirds abound. I am still working on getting a good picture of a Belted Kingfisher, but with all these birds around, the hours are not nearly enough to enjoy the company of these fantastic creatures.
Most birds maintain their distance from the photographer.
Every one in a while, a bird or two gets close enough to be able to take a detailed photograph.
Time to look for that kingfisher. On the other hand, I hear a warbler, maybe.