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Backyard Warbler by mydigitalmind Backyard Warbler by mydigitalmind
The migrants are starting to come through. This Cape May Warbler, though drab, is a great yard bird. She (?) showed up with some Goldfinch families.

Cape May Warbler
Vestal, New York
Canon 7D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Melissa Mancuso Penta // All Rights Reserved
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:iconkristoff:
This is great! How close would you say you were to this fella? Getting into bird photography myself and I think I need to work on my sneakiness. ;)
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mydigitalmind Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I was pretty close. He perched on a branch that is attached to my feeder poles and I was up on my deck. This is not more than ten feet away. Out in the field, it is much more difficult to get this close!! :)
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:iconkristoff:
I have one more newbie question I'm curious about actually, if you don't mind, how do you identify all these birds, is there some kind of online resource or are you just a bird expert?
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mydigitalmind Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I started learning more about them and know many of the North American song birds by sight - I'm still learning though. There are websites out there too, but I feel that flipping through a field guide is the best way to start. My favorite US one is "Stokes Birds" because it uses photos rather than illustrations and has many different plumages - yep, they can look different depending on how old they are, what sex they are and what season it is too! This is what the male of this bird looks like in the spring [link]
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:iconkristoff:
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Yet another great photo from you :) I went ahead and added that book to my next amazon order. I started learning the different birds in my area but want to expand my knowledge for when I'm not in the home town. I live in an arid desert (Las Vegas) but I've realized we have some pretty diverse wild life out here, just have to be in the right places. Just this morning I saw a roadrunner on the hunt while at work. He was chasing little bugs in a field, like a cat would try to sneak up something and pounce, coolest thing I've seen in a while. I was pretty mad with myself that I didn't have my camera :(
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Tell me about it, I'm starting to think the camouflage on lenses is actually useful and not just for looks ;) A bird feed, I think I may just have to get one of these and practice on some hungry birds, thanks! So far I've only been exposed to tame birds that don't have much of a problem with people.
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mydigitalmind Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Having feeder birds is good practice. Also, if you live in the right area, migrants will show up along with the feeder birds in the spring and fall - even if they don't use the feeders. Like this one in my photo - he was traveling with other birds, perched near my feeder, but only stayed for about 10 seconds before it flew back into a tree. Feeder birds can get tame to a point, but most are sensitive to movement. I think some of mine got used to me though :)
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Hevonie Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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mydigitalmind Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Hevonie Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome! :heart:
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