28 July 2009


Being a Michigan photographer, I am lucky to live within an hours drive of Crane Creek State Park in Ohio, one of the best places in the country for photographing migrating warblers. Crane creek is an area where the warblers congregate to refuel and wait for a favorable wind to help them fly across Lake Erie and continue their journey north.  In addition to Crane Creek I also spent some time this spring in northern Michigan chasing warblers and other birds. Here is a selection of some of my favorites from this year.

I was very excited to get some species that I have not photographed before. Like this first picture of a Golden-winged Warbler in song.

These next couple of fellows are a little more common. The first is a Chestnut-sided Warbler and the next is a Yellow-rump Warbler.

This next shot is a funny pose of a Yellow Warbler and then an image of a foraging Northern Parula, one of my favorite warblers.

Here are a couple of woodpecker.  The first scruffy looking bird is a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, followed by the beautiful Northern Flicker.

Next we have a Bay-breasted Warbler with a little snack. Then an Indigo Bunting with a potential snack on the leaf below him. Actually, most birds don’t eat tent worms. I guess, because they must taste bad?

We will finish up with a couple of shots of a Mourning Warbler.  These warblers are very tough to get good clean shots of because they usually are very shy birds that tend to stay in very thick cover. I was very happy to get these images of a Mourning Warbler out in the open.