Friday turned out to be a great day, not only for birding but photography as well. As many photographers know, some birds are more reliable than others and I found a few that proved to just plain enjoy coming out for great views.
The morning started with leading a grassland bird tour for Michigan Audubon’s Cerulean Warbler Weekend. My great group followed me through wet grassland habitat but were all rewarded with stunning views of the threatened Henslow’s Sparrow. This was a life bird for many in the group and the excitement could hardly be contained.
This bird was so great, I decided to go after him after the tour was over, this time with camera rig in hand. I went back to the spot and sure enough, the bird was up and singing his heart out. What a great session to continue the morning onward.
I then drove slowly through some great breeding warbler habitat until I found a nice area where a Hooded Warbler was singing. I set up a perch and was able to bring the bird in for a couple shots. Not but a few minutes later, a Blue-winged Warbler came in and seemed to want to be in front of the camera as well.
It was a great morning and one I won’t soon forget. I still have a couple trips with spots available and I’m toying with offering a fall perching bird workshop this year so stay tuned!