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Today, pictures from valued commenter pat.

The Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge was hopping with warblers yesterday, May 12..  I got a couple of decent shots with my Canon 60D and Tamron 16-300mm lens.  (these photos have been cropped)


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23 replies
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    raven says:


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Nice pictures! Birds always make me happy.

    Morning, raven!

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    debbie says:


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    Sab says:

    Where is Trempealeau? Wisconsin?

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    Lovely shots. Thank you ✨

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    arrieve says:

    Beautiful! Central Park is full of warblers right now but it’s been raining every day and I haven’t gone looking for them. But I rarely manage to spot them and I never manage to get great pictures — thanks for sharing.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yes, Wisconsin.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Warblers, I love warblers and they so rarely come to my place to visit. I guess that is their way of saying I need to go floating more often.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Thanks Pat. Always good to start a day with birds. Especially birds in spring.

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    Lapassionara says:

    Great photos! Thanks.

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    Barbara says:

    We are on the fifth or maybe sixth straight day of significant measurable rainfall. Apparently, three separate systems are either stalled or reinforcing each other by sucking moist air out of the Atlantic Ocean. So while I can hear a lot of birds out in my yard I don’t have a lot of incentive to go out and look for them. We have a big stand of honeysuckles that is like an all you can eat buffet for hummingbirds but they are so hard to see even when it’s not raining.

    I am always impressed with anyone who can get such great photos of birds, which don’t really keep still for long.

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    Mary G says:

    Beautiful and so soothing during the fire hose of news, thanks pat.

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    Tenar Arha says:

    Got a bird photographer today, °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖° Thank you.

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    rikyrah says:

    Love the pictures. Admire the talent it takes to capture animals like birds on film.

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    MomSense says:

    Birds are a lovely way to start the day.

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    stinger says:

    Lovely bird pics!

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    J R in WV says:

    Confusing warblers, impossible to tell one “species” from the others w/o an autopsy. At least for us mere mortals without a life list of birds that fills a notebook. How many birds are there? Lots and lots.

    Pretty pictures of nice birds, thanks so much!!

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    hedgehog the occasional commenter says:

    Pretty birdies! Thank you.

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    pat says:

    I didn’t get all the information in the right spots in that email, so here are the captions for the birds:
    First, a Yellow Warbler, second, a Yellow-rumped Warbler with a bug in his beak, and third is another Yellow-rumped, also known as Butter-Butt.

    Now I’m off to the same spot….. Trempealeau NWR is in Western Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River.
    Got a couple of Sandhill Cranes there the other day. My usual lens for birds is a 400mm Canon. I bought the Tamron 16-300 for butterflies, which I began photographing a couple of years ago. Caught a Black Swallowtail and an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and an American Lady yesterday. The only way I can ID butterflies is to photograph them and then search the guide books! Unlike birds, they don’t sit still long enough to observe with the binoculars.

    ETA: “caught” on film of course!

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    Waratah says:

    Lovely photos, I had to go back to catch the bird with the bug. That is a good shot.
    Thank you for posting.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    @pat: I’d love to see some of those butterfly pictures! My dad, like so many of his generation and background (Swiss, born in 1920’s, traveled and worked in the wild in Africa and South America and the Middle East) collected and appreciated butterflies. I’ve honored to have inherited one or two of his old frames filled with gorgeous African butterflies.

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a plug for anyone traveling to Singapore. On Sentosa Island is a fantastic insect museum, with walls filled with amazing specimens. I fell in love with the hundreds of beetles. I’ll see if I can dig up those pics sometime soon. It was sad to see so many glorious creatures dead and on display, but they were magnificent, and I’m sure it was a great display to impress on the target – children – how diverse and amazing Nature is, and that it’s something to be protected.

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    pat says:

    @Alain the site fixer:
    “Some” of my butterfly pictures…. Hmmm. I have a lot. I also photographed a few in Austria this spring and bought a book over there and was amazed at the variety of butterflies in Europe. I can just imagine the variety in Africa.
    In fact, I was lucky to find a book here, “Butterflies of the North Woods” by Larry Weber or I would never be able to figure them out.
    Let me know how many and how you want me to send them. So far I have mostly the usual suspects, but I did get one unusual skipper (Eufala skipper) that made it onto the website Wisconsinbutterflies.org
    I’ve been out all day and just saw this when I got home. I assume you will check back…

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