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Fweep is a technical term (well sort of). I believe it was a bird call in a Flintstones episode, but I digress.....

My wife and I call fledglings "fweep fweeps," given their constant and incessant calls for parents to feed them. My wife (as usual) spotted what appeared to be a small bird sitting on a branch. I had to take an image and then look at it in the viewfinder to be sure. It was. I sure wish I could spot as well as she does!

We believe this forlorn looking fledgling is a red-winged blackbird, mostly because dad was yapping at us from the tree above (despite our being a safe distance he was taking no chances). Fweep away little one!

Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to view, like or comment on my photos!

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Tags:   Fledgling Bird Chick Nature Wildlife Red-winged Blackbird Nikon D850

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We seem to have an abundance of hummers this year which of course, I absolutely love. Most are broadtails, like this male, but I saw my first male rufous yesterday, and we have black chins as well.

The flowers we have are now starting to bloom so I am hopeful of getting shots of the hummingbirds feeding on them soon.

I am trying out different setups to see what works best ( and what the hummingbirds will tolerate). With this shot I used my 70-200mm lens wide open and a Lume Cube panel to brighten things up a bit. The light did not seem to bother the birds at all. Still, it took an ISO of 1800 to get the 1/4000 second exposure.

So much fun to practice!

Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to view, like or comment on my photos!

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Blue has always been my favorite color, which is probably why mountain bluebirds are among my favorite birds. As my wife will attest, they were one of the first things I started looking for on our recent Black Hills trip. We saw quite a few, including some recent fledglings.

This male was taken using my car as a blind as most of these bluebirds are rather skittish.

Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to view, like or comment on my photos!

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Tags:   Custer State Park Bluebird Mountain Bluebird Bird Avian Nature Wildlife Animal South Dakota Blue Male Nikon D850

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My wife and I were out in the early evening, cruising the backroads off Wildlife Drive when (as usual) she spotted a bird sitting in a tree. I stopped the car, and took a few documentation shots in case it flew away so we could identify it. As I slowly crept closer and closer, I continued to shoot. The bird, which by now I had identified as a Eastern kingbird, stayed put and was not at all bothered by my approach. As I was shooting, she noticed a second kingbird that disappeared a few feet below the first. Sure enough there was a nest in the tree and there were either eggs or little ones that this one was standing guard over. I slowly backed away, leaving the little family to enjoy the quiet evening.

Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to view, like or comment on my photos!

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Tags:   Kingbird Eastern Kingbird Bird Nature Wildlife Perching Avian Animal Nikon Custer State Park D850

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Anyone who has had little kids gets this........

Yes I was that close (no crop) and no I was not in any danger. A car is one of the most effective blinds there is and I was safely sitting inside mine when this bison calf and its mom strolled by. If you are quiet and do not make any sudden moves the animals will typically not be alarmed and their behavior will remain natural. I find this true even with small, skittish birds.

Happy Friday!

Thanks so much to everyone who takes the time to view, like or comment on my photos!

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Tags:   Custer State Park Bison Calf Red Dog Mammal Animal Car Blind Nikon D500


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