We've moved into more seasonable weather with a return to humidity, and high temperatures. This means I'm out early in the morning. Everything is shrouded in mist especially the River and wetlands, which makes for great fun. Although there are some more shots of the Leucistic purpler finch, there is no heavy text in this post, except perhaps for the photos of the Red-winged Blackbirds in their evolution to maturity. The first scenes are of the upper River.
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|Long Lake Wetland.|
|Long Lake Wetland|
|Mid area of the LL Wetland|
|Peeking into the Wetland.|
|The mist shrouding the ridge.|
|An inhabitant of the wetland (beaver).|
I had read on another site that any gathering of blackbirds is attended by many types. In this swarm there were a fair number of Red-winged Blackbirds. What I didn't realize was that the immatures resemble the female, and gradually moult to move into their male plumage. So all I know is this is a photo of an immature Red-winged Blackbird, gender unknown.
Now it gets easier as the immature has developed an orange patch on his wing.
In this photo he's well on his way to a fully developed epalette, but his wings still have the stripes of immaturity.
The epalette on this one is not so developed. Nature never fails to amaze me.
These photos are more shots of the Leucistic Purple Finch. For an explanation see the previous post.
|Leucistic Purple Finch.|
This is a female Grackle. If you look closely, her leg is deformed. She is able to perch on a branch, and move about. She is accepted by her flock, as is the Leucistic Purple Finch accepted by hers.
|Female Grackle with deformed leg.|
|Female Purple Finch.|
|Geese in flight.|
|Female Ruby Throat.|
|Chickadee with berry.|
|Female Common Yellow Throat.|
|Chestnut-sided Warbler flying without wings.|
This is the Great Blue Heron series. I photographed him on the west side of the River.
|GBH climbing on a beaver lodge.|
|In flight ,on the up stroke.|