A Mouthful

Posted by ADKShooter on Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:37 pm

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Nikon D850, Nikon 500mm F5.6 pf
ISO 640, 1/1600s, F7.1

This is a male Blackpoll Warbler that I shot yesterday on top of Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks.  Most Blackpoll Warblers nest in the spruce/fir forests of Canada but a few nest in the highest elevations of the northern US. As I was photographing this one it ate several times and I was fortunate to capture this odd looking image where the beetle appears to be walking right into the birds beak.

The most interesting attribute of this warbler is that it is the king of long distance flight of all song birds.  In Fall migration it flies from Canada to South America, sometimes as far as Argentina......without stopping !  That's a nearly 8,000 mile trip that it takes along the Atlantic Ocean on a three day flight to it's Winter home.

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by paul fletcher on Thu Jun 17, 2021 9:07 pm
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Another outstanding Warbler image, Warren. You are fortunate to be able to access a region ( The Adirondacks ), where some "Northern Breeding",
Warblers occur for the nesting season. I'm sure that not too many photographers-observers, have seen a Blackpoll on their breeding grounds.
The beetle in the bill is a great "extra"!

by david fletcher on Fri Jun 18, 2021 1:00 am
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Cracking image Warren. Brilliant timing too. That beetle does indeed look like it taken a trip down "oblivion avenue". Fab shot and fab info. Well done.
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by gregc on Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:45 am
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Cool image with the perfectly posed beetle! Greenery nicely frames the b&w bird.

by Carol Clarke on Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:13 am
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Wonderful timing, Warren! (I'm glad I 've already eaten.......) I never cease to be amazed by the distances birds travel in their migrations - truly amazing for such tiny wings.

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