Recently, it seems like I can’t drive half a mile without running into another group of Wild Turkeys foraging by the side of the road…they are everywhere! They cause a lot of car backups on the main road because people are slowing down to avoid hitting them, as well as stopping to watch the impressive sight of 20 of these large birds at once. I stopped to take some snaps of a group yesterday, and they were very cooperative.
This Savannah Sparrow was one of the only birds that posed for a good photo yesterday. Sparrows can be really tough to identify at a distance, but up close this Savannah Sparrow shows a hint of yellow on its “lores” …the area between its bill and its eyes. I just acquired a 1.4x extender for my Canon lens, bringing my 100-400mm zoom to 140-560mm. This is the first day I used my new extender on the lens, and I am very happy with the results…Having a little more reach with the lens means I can get quality photos of birds from a slightly greater distance…something that will come in handy a lot.
This morning on our birding walk, my wife and I had a nice little encounter with a Marsh Wren. We had just been watching a Virginia Rail walking through the reeds when this wren came right up to check us out…it was interested in the “PSH-PSH” noises we were making in attempt to bring the rail closer. This was a nice opportunity because these Marsh Wrens are normally secretive, and are hard to photograph in their marshy habitat. Even at a close distance, it was tough to get a good view because there was lots of vegetation obstructing the wren, but I managed to snap a few quick shots.