New Bird Photographed – Which Can Mean Only One Thing…

… I’ve Hit 200 Species!!!

Canada Warbler (male)

Canada Warbler (male)

Today at Vassar Farm, mother nature put on one hell of a show.  It will be one to remember, not only for the new addition to my life list, but for the 86 total species seen for the day.  My 200th species is a Canada Warbler, and they certainly made me work for the shots.

I actually ran into a female canada warbler first, but harsh light and branches in the foreground made it difficult to lock on to my subject automatically.  I had to switch to manual focus, and after many failed attempts, I got a somewhat successful result:

Canada Warbler (female)

Canada Warbler (female)

I would have been completely content with that too, but I got two more run-ins with this new species throughout the day…

The second attempt was a complete bust.  I couldn’t keep up with it and it got away before I could snap a shot.  I wasn’t really bummed out considering that the species will forever be a symbol of my 200th bird on my life list.

The final meeting with the Canada Warbler was after being in the field for over five hours.  I was sweaty, tired and running out of strength, plus this was my fifth day in a row hiking and photographing wildlife too.  The odds were against me, so I took a deep breath and went to work.

Canada Warbler (male)

Canada Warbler (male)

This time, I had the more colorful male hoping through the thick vegetation.  The first few shots were either mostly obscured or out of focus.  I didn’t let it phase me and continued to wait for my opportunity.  Then, it jumped out in to clear view!  I took a few shots, and this was the best of the first exchange.

Canada Warbler (male)

Canada Warbler (male)

The shot was a little shaky, but it was still the best shot up to that point.  I continued to wait some more and another opportunity arose.

Canada Warbler (male)

Canada Warbler (male)

A little sharper and mostly unobstructed with the exception of his perch.  At this point, he began to ascend higher up into the trees.  I managed one more decent shot, which to me, really sums up the day and experience nicely.

Canada Warbler (male)

Canada Warbler (male)

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3 Responses to New Bird Photographed – Which Can Mean Only One Thing…

  1. avian101 says:

    Congratulations Derrick! 🙂

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