Muskegon birding trip, the leftovers
On Sunday August 25th, I made yet another trip to Muskegon to do some birding. I have already published one post of mostly photos from this trip, but I have quite a few left over that I would like to share, both shorebirds, and a few from around Lost Lake later in the day.
At one point during the day, I sat in the rocks along the bank of one of the lagoons at the Muskegon County wastewater treatment facility and let the various shorebirds come to me. That worked very well, as I was able to get many good close-ups of the shorebirds that way. My biggest problem was getting just one species of bird in the shot at a time, well, besides trying to ID the shorebirds, so I have a number of photos with two or more species in my photos. I’m going to post a few of those, and I’m not going to ID the birds in these photos.
I shot a series of photos of a shorebird bathing that I have yet to positively identify. It should be easy, since the bird has a slightly upturned bill, but so far, no luck. But, the photos are fun, so I’m including them here.
And now, a few from the time that I spent at Lost Lake in Muskegon State Park.
I have to give a shout out to my Canon 60 D and the Sigma 150-500 mm lens after the shot of the warbler. The warbler was in deep shade, but I had the camera pointed almost directly at the sun for that shot. The photo may not be great, but that camera/lens combination continues to amaze me as far as what I can get under extremely difficult conditions!
I feel a bit guilty for not identifying most of what I am posting, but you’ll have to take pity on me, please. I’ve shot over 400 photos of about twenty species of shorebirds in the last two weeks, and I’m still working to ID a few of the species that I’ve photographed. For the most part, they all look the same, small brownish birds with long bills. The differences between some species is minimal, so I’ve had my work cut out for me. I have most of them done, but I’m IDed out right now.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!