Tuesday, April 19, 2011

WBW-22 EYE SEE!

I havent been very lucky in hitting the mark lately with my birding--went dashing through the woods following the black n white warbler only to get caught up in some black berry bushes and got some nice cuts and scratches for my trouble..Meanwhile I heard the "Here I am -Where Are You" repeated song of the red eyed vireo...but he was wayyy up in the canopy-- then the RIDICULOUSLY loud call of the White Eyed Vireo came booming out of the trees like a low rider retrofitted with oversized ghetto blasters and he was CLOSE BY--- AND I got his picture--amazing how this smll bird can have such a loud and crisp call...I had to lighten the photo quite a bit using curves and gamma in painstshop pro due to harsh backlighting--so its not so sharp--



YOU can see why he has that White Eyed Vireo name--



... he has a bug in his beak?

AND its official all of my summer breeders have arrived...here is the ruby throated hummingbird...this was shot through a screen door so it has those little squares but this bird is so flashy he looks great anyways.








a couple of my other summer favs like Summer Tanager  and the Great Crested Flycatchers are here for the nesting season...so I hope to get some new shots of them as the season marches on!

 FOR WORLD BIRD WEDNESDAY -XXII Some amazing photos of amazing birds from around the world can be seen just click below to check it out!!


Enjoy and Participate!


PEACE

bit of birding trivia: a group of vireos is referred to as a CALL OF VIREOS!

26 comments:

  1. Hi Sondra..Well now that first paragraph of your post is verrrry descriptive~~lol~~I loved it!! : }}
    The White eyed Vireo is a pretty bird, good job getting a photo,but.....he has creepy looking eyes!! : }
    The Ruby throat is our "summer hummer"to,and great photo even through the screen!!
    They usually arrive on our just a few days before Mother's day, so I try to have the food out for them and if I don't...they buzz back and forth at the slider door...and I know there here! Cute little guys!

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  2. WOW, awesome captures of the White Eye Vireo.

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  3. You be careful out there in those brambles with your head in the branches!
    That was a great story and your pictures are terrific. Your hummingbirds have me very jealous they are spectacular. All in time. Thank you for your incisive comment on my pheasant post you have a wonderful way of summing things up! ;-)WBW

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  4. Gosh, they are both gorgeous!
    And I feel your pain about the bushes ;)
    At least you got that Beauty to show for :)

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  5. Wonderful birds! (I think the pictures are great.) I love "call of vireos" == what an appropriate collective noun!~

    Be careful of those blackberry bushes -- they can be lethal.

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  6. Great photos of the Vireo and hummer. The eyes of the Vireo are awesome. Great post!

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  7. No gain without pain. Lovely captures of the Vireo and Hummer.

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  8. You did a great job with the photos! I am so jealous of the White-eyed Vireo sighting. Looks like a bug in the beak to me.
    I swear blackberry brambles consciously jump-out to get you.:)

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  9. Great capture on the hummingbird which are so hard to catch. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. What wonderful captures! I think I need to set up a hummingbird feeder!

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  11. WOW that vireo is a cool bird!! Love the photos and the story as always!

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  12. Seems the smaller the bird, the bigger the voice! Except for that little hummer. I love hearing their little chittering voices. Great shots!

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  13. Lovely images Sondra..your birds are so beautiful.
    Many thanks for sharing.

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  14. Hi there - can't help thinking this - but I wonder if the very loud voice of the verio is due to the fact the you have filled you back yard with trumpets! (have a look at the hummer and you will see what I mean!)

    Splendid picture - even if they have been subjected to my warped sense of humour!

    Stewart M.

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  15. The misadventures do make for the best stories though!

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  16. Great pictures. I agree, many times the problems create the best stories and memories. Keep at it.

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  17. Be careful of being in the brambles,I`ve had more than 1 tic on me already this year.
    You captured really great pictures.I wonder if we have the vireo...must go check my books,thanks for sharing!phyllis

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  18. A beautiful set of images. Thanks for sharing and
    thanks for comments.
    Have a nice easter.

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  19. A great time of the year.
    Love that hummingbird.

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  20. Actually my attention was caught by the eye of the bird on top. :-) Awesome hummingbird bellow!

    By the way, go and visit Machu Picchu, I promise you won't be disappointed, the place is just magical. However it's overcrowded now, so avoid the high season... When I went there the old (and only) train took six hours to make the journey from Cuzco and it was awesome!

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  21. Excellent photos Sondra. That Hummingbird looks almost surreal.

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  22. GREAT shots! I really love the "bug-in-the-beak."

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  23. Awesome shots of the White-eyed Vireo Sondra! Wow! And the Ruby-throat in its brilliant glory. Here's to a wonderful breeding season for all our yard birds!

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  24. Goodness, the hummingbird is shimmering. I love the last shot.

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  25. Love the second shot of the viero! Nice composition.
    I envy your shot of the hummingbird - well done.
    I hung a feeder last year and taking photos was harder than Ithought. :)

    Thanks for your visit.

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