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Fancy Meeting You Here

Posted by
Lee (Fort Frances Ontario, Canada) on 1 June 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

We have this site called the Bog. It is an interpretive trail along this large bog. I enjoy going there to see what birds are around. This I a Blackpoll Warbler. It is another migratory bird that passes through on it's way north. This shot was taken early last week.
This is another example of how approachable some birds can be. I needed to back up to be able to focus onthis bird and fit it in the frame. These birds are only about 5" long.
This is a never before seen bird by me. It now brings my number of bird species photographed to 177.

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Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

very nice shot, were you close or was it a big lens

1 Jun 2009 5:37am

@Alun Lambert: Iwas close. To close. I needed to back up to focus.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Once again Lee you astound me with your wonderful bird shots!!! This is a stunner!!! Fantastic work!!!

1 Jun 2009 6:03am

@Linerberry: Thanks Liners. I hope you enjoy your extended summer. Have fun.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

wow 5 stars and time for a book I think. With your shots I am sure it will be a best seller

1 Jun 2009 6:26am

@jamesy: Thank you Debbie. I am seriously considering something in the future.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful shot

1 Jun 2009 7:01am

@Didier DE ZAN: Thank you

Pierre from Mâcon, France

Nice shot

1 Jun 2009 7:10am

@Pierre: Thank you. Olease visit again.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

The perfect wildlife photo.

1 Jun 2009 7:31am

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great capture Lee!!

1 Jun 2009 7:36am

@Sarito: Thank you

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Nice one!

1 Jun 2009 7:53am

@Zing: Thank you.

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

Perfectly captured! Very good work Lee!

1 Jun 2009 8:49am

@Rui: Thank you

Baby Sis from Canada

Excellent capture, glad you have another for your portfolio..

1 Jun 2009 9:23am

@Baby Sis: Thank you. I was very pleased.

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Congratulations on hitting Number 177! I'm really impressed and love seeing all these different species pop up on your blog. A really great shot, Lee.

1 Jun 2009 9:29am

@Sarah: Thank you Sarah. And all but one shot have been taken right here. I only have one shot taken elsewhere.

mohkum from Muscat, Oman

A great series of bird photography! Appreciate your dedication! Congrats.

1 Jun 2009 10:08am

@mohkum: Thank you Mohkum. I enjoy it.

Denise from Duncannon, United States

Wow, nice close up!

1 Jun 2009 10:16am

@Denise: Thanks Denise. I actually neede to back up for this one. I was to close to focus.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I have no knowledge of birds except that I love their singing, but i do have knowledge of photography and this is phenomenal!

1 Jun 2009 11:36am

@Lorraine: Thank yhou Lorraine. I like this one also.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

great bird portrait
like the lichen too

1 Jun 2009 11:40am

@grouser: Thank you. Did you know Lichen is a sign of clean air. It only grows where there is clean fresh air.

zOOm from Paris, France

Lovely, lovely, lovely !

1 Jun 2009 11:49am

@zOOm: Thank you very much Florence.

Marion from Cincinnati, United States

Lee, what amazing focus you have on this little cutie-pie! AWESOME - everything is awesome!!! :)

1 Jun 2009 12:02pm

@Marion: Thanks Marion. These little guys were literally right beside me. They were to close for the lens I had on the camera.

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

So lovely photo again. You are the master of bird photos.

1 Jun 2009 12:21pm

@Hidalgo: Thank you very much.

Elora from Genoa, Italy

Congratulations on reaching a new record Lee! Another fantastic shot! And thanks for all your comments over the last few days!

1 Jun 2009 12:43pm

@Elora: Thank you Elora.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Re lichen. Yes I did and I'm glad to say we have it on our old apple trees here.

1 Jun 2009 1:09pm

@grouser: I am pleased to know your air is also clean.

amirreza from tehran, Iran

nicly hunted
great shot

1 Jun 2009 2:02pm

@amirreza: Thank you

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wonderful Lee! Have you visited websites that let you make a book out of your own photos? All your birds would make a great one!

1 Jun 2009 2:28pm

@Tracy: Thank you Tracy. I have actually considered doing something like that.

Don from spokane, United States

You have a remarkable number of birds in your photographic collection. This must have been especially rewarding in that it was a new one. Fine shot.

1 Jun 2009 2:51pm

@Don: Thank you Don. This was a real excitement for me. I kept looking at it wondering what it was. I had to look it up when I got home. I was very pleased.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Another superb shot Lee.....and truly wild that you've seen the majority of your 177 right there!! Someone had mentioned "Lee's book of birds" :)....have you heard of blurb.com....where you can download their software, and make your own books...which end up being pretty high quality??? If not for publishing, it'd be a nice way for you to preserve your accomplishment!!

1 Jun 2009 4:31pm

@Susan: Thank you Susan. I checked out blurb.com, something worth considering. I have 8 photo albums, with forty 8x10 shots in each one. My problem is deciding which shots I should use.

lydia from Paris, France

A very cute little one , so many sorts you show us !Thank you Lee!

1 Jun 2009 5:05pm

@lydia: Thank you for your support.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Dynamite capture. I love the textures on the tree. What a thrill that must have been to not only see this bird for the first time but to get such a superb photograph.

1 Jun 2009 5:09pm

@john4jack: Thanks Jack. I was like a little kid. It was a great feeling.

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

this is superb in every single way

1 Jun 2009 8:09pm

@Onlymehdi: Thank you.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

The next interesting bird of you. Very nice !

1 Jun 2009 8:11pm

@Loner: Thank you Sonja.

Ca†≈ from Ouchy, Switzerland

I believe that you are an exceptional bird.
It is always a pleasure being here, out of town.

1 Jun 2009 8:28pm

@Ca†≈: Thank you very much.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Another National Geographic, you keep cranking them out!

1 Jun 2009 8:51pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Thank you Wolfgang. At some point I'm sure this will end. But, I sure hope not.

Vinman from Essex, United Kingdom

Wow 177 species, and I think I'm lucky to see robins and bluetits in my garden! We had a woodpecker earlier this year, picking at the fatballs I put out but gone by the time I got the camera. Otherwise it's just pigeons, seagulls and starlings round here.

1 Jun 2009 9:28pm

@Vinman: I used to think the same thing. A while back i only ever saw little brown birds. When I actually started looking at these brown birds through my lens, I was amazed. There was no, or very little brown, but a lot of colour. That was almost five years ago. I have learned a lot since then. I am always looking now.

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Lovely close up!

1 Jun 2009 10:37pm

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thank you Elena.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

So today you have a Bog blog. Groan.... ;-) Congrats on a good shot and bird species # 177.

1 Jun 2009 10:57pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you Barbara. It was a major accomplishment. I have seen lots of different species. This was truly a first for me.

mats from Texas, United States

177! The only birds I know are, hummingbirds,cardinals, crows,owls and doves.. how pathetic is that? :-)))
A good excuse for that is, those are the only ones who visit me.. Kidding aside, someone suggested for you to start a book, with all your beautiful bird shots, go for it!

2 Jun 2009 12:39am

@mats: Did you say owls? I am truly jealous. They are my all time favorite bird. My dream would to have a coffee table book published, consisiting of shots from around the district. I may soon have enough pictures to do just that.

Kathe from Marquette, Michigan, United States

Wow. At first glance, it looked like a chickadee.

2 Jun 2009 12:45am

@Kathe: Thanks Kathe. When I first saw it, I to thought it was a chickadee. The closer I got, I realized it wasn't. But I had no idea what it was till I got home and looked it up. They certainly could pass as a chickadee with only a quick glance.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Too bad we don't live closer....I would be glad to help you go thru all your shots, and decide which should get into your book!! I could be your "editor"!

2 Jun 2009 4:04pm

@Susan: That's an offer I'd gladly take you up on. I have so many. People say they are all great. But a cut off is needed. And each day i manage to see something else worth capturing. There is to much beauty here. And a lot of people take it for granted. However, Thank you for the offer. It'll be a while but I will put something together.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

camouflage like the other picture. It looks like a black titmouse we have over here

2 Jun 2009 5:21pm

@Veronique: It does blend in well. I have noticed that about a lot of birds, regardless their colour.

Suzanne Labbé from Granby, Canada

We had an invasion of those Blackpoll Warblers this year. I heard about a thousand of them but saw just a few and took 2 miserable pictures. Usually, every spring, I meet about 2 or 3 individuals. I can appreciate the value of this picture !!! Bravissimo.

4 Jun 2009 11:06am

@Suzanne Labbé: Thank you Suzanne. I was extremely thrilled and pleased to not only hear and see this bird, but to be able to capture it so close and clear. Thank you again.