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All photographs by David Lilly

Late Fall Again For The American Robin

Every fall there are American robins hanging around some fruit trees in my local area.

I şet up on a street  and photograph from my vehicle. The vehicle allows me to get close with light in the perfect direction.

However, the street has traffic and many times the Robins fly away when a car goes by. So, I have to Wait for them to return and hope they will fly to a favourable position.

I have more than 400 photos in my image library but keep on photographing the Robin.

I was in a local park and photographed a female Hooded merganser in a local pond.

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 500mm pf lens.

Upside-down Birds

I often wonder why the White - breasted nuthatch is mostly upside-down.

Today, I tried my best to photograph this bird sitting upright but it was difficult. They even crack their seeds open upside-down and eat in the same position.

The White - breasted nuthatch is a neat bird. They compete with the other birds for food at my bird feeder - even with the Hairy woodpecker a much larger bird.

Two nuthatches come to the bird feeder all winter the White-breasted and the Red - breasted nuthatch. The red-breasted is smaller but displays the same characterists as the white-breasted nuthatch

Nikon D 500 with a Nikon 200-500mm lens

A Bohemian Waxwing Day

A friend from the camera club told me about a berry tree across the street that is being bombarded by flocks of Bohemian waxwings. 

I decided to check it out. I was not disappointed as  the waxwings came and went for the two hours as I sat in my vehicle. I used my vehicle as a blind and it worked great. The sun was in my back and all I had to do was get the light in the bird's eye.

There were a few issues with the background. I had a house with white windows at the back of the tree adding not so good white spots. I had to constantly watch the birds and try to photograph them without the windows.

Some of the other issues were busy backgrounds, branches in front of the bird, shadows on the bird, getting the light in the eye, and because there were so many birds coming in to eat the berries they often got in front of bird I wanted to photograph.

However, as with any bird photography, patience pays off. I did manage to get some photo as in the gallery below.

Nikon D 500 with a nikon 500mm pf lens

Provincial Bird of New Brunswick

The Black-capped chickadee is the provincial bird of New Brunswick.

At my bird feeders there is at least six or eight visiting all day.

They are small and very hard to photograph, even when they perch on a stick. With their white and black heads sometimes makes for difficult exposures. So, I try to photograph then on overcast day.

Califonia Gull in the Winter

There are not many Gulls hanging around the river here in Oromocto except for the California Gull. 

They hang around a parking lot by the Saint John river looking for handouts. 

Today there was some nice light, so I decided to get a few photographs of this urban gull.

Nikon D850 with a 200 500mm 5.6 Nikon lens