Sean Hollowell Photography
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22 ∥ Morgan ♥️ FL → IN → OH (Greene Co.) ? Earth ╳ Wildlife

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Same perch, same species, way different appearance. At least compared to the hummer I posted a few days ago. The males have the iconic ruby throat while the females and young birds of both sexes have a more plain white throat. For whatever reason, this perch was prime real estate and everyone wanted to use it. 🌞 ∥ Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

A quick stretch of the engines while strolling through some gnarly mud. A rarity for much of eastern North America, I often feel super fortunate to have had such a close encounter with this stunning shorebird. Perhaps another visit is in store this year for my area. 🌞 ∥ Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

After seeing my first hummer of the year just a few minutes ago, I figured I’d revisit a close encounter from last summer. I could go on for hours about the brilliance of these tiny birds but I’ll save that for another time. 🌿 ∥ Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Much like the Turnstone photo from a few posts ago, I managed to capture my goal-bird for my New Jersey trip in this fancy light setup. Glistening in the sunset, those purple tones are subtly apparent in what normally looks like an all gray shorebird. Watching them work those mussels and jetty rocks with ease was something I’ll never forget. 🌞 ∥ Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

A plotting parasite. While these birds look very plain and innocent, they’re awfully strange when it comes to nesting. A female of this species pauses in a Japanese maple tree in search of a nearby Wren nest last summer. These birds will deliberately lay their eggs in another species’ nest forcing the host to instinctively raise the young bird. Quite lazy parenting for sure. 🌞 ∥ Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

A studio setup on the jetty. Positioned in front of some shaded rocks, I exposed for just the light to completely mute the background. These quirky shorebirds were taking a quick break as the tide was slowly rising, covering their favored feeding areas. 🌞 ∥ Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

These Robin-sized birds always have something to say. I’m guessing the other foot is just tucked temporarily but I’d be pretty vocal if I was missing one, too. Lumped into the family that includes thrashers and mockingbirds, their voices are awfully important to them and impressively capable of producing a wide array of sounds. 🌲 ∥ Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Small in the frame is north America’s smallest woodpecker. One of my favorite local patches is home to a handful of woodpeckers as they love the dead snags that are used for nesting in. When in comes to birds, this family is one I’ll always try to get a photo of no matter what. 🌲 ∥ Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

My favorite photo of these classic and, in my opinion, underrated birds. This is an adult individual sporting richer blue tones when compared to some of the immature birds I’ve posted not too long ago. Common in North America, I’m sure they’ve sparked plenty of people to be captivated by birds. 🌿 ∥ Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Any day now will these masked bandits arrive near in my local prairies and marshes. While a pretty common bird in the warm months, I don’t often get unobstructed views as they love to wander throughout dense tangles of vegetation. A fun evening with this little dude as he gave me a handful of great looks. 🌿 ∥ Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

These ducks and greenery do not occur often in southwest Ohio. She’s normally a migrant duck but, unfortunately, unable to fly due to apparent wing injuries. She and another diving duck haven’t left my area since January of 2018. While I’ve cherished getting to document these ducks, I can’t help but feel sad that they’re basically trapped until they heal up. Thankfully, they’re in a good place. 🍃 ∥ Redhead (Aythya americana)

The final image of these guys from last spring. During migration, it can be awfully difficult to pick a subject to shoot as there are so many birds all at once, especially up on the Lake Erie coast in May. These birds aren’t common in my area in southwest Ohio so I was focusing on the large numbers of them up at the lake. Separating them from other warblers, they will use their unique tongues to gather nectar. 🌿 ∥ Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)

One of the more striking males of the eastern warblers. This was taken at last light on a cloudy day but this little dude couldn’t have been any more than five to eight feet away from me. We were both tired, his songs were quiet and half-hearted. Roosting for the night was only moments away. 🌲 ∥ Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)

The clay nesting aerialists. I found this large colony of swallows last summer where they were using a man-made bridge as the main support. Overlooking a 50ft drop to a decent sized river, they have plenty of opportunity for gathering nesting material along with food for the next generation. 🌥 ∥ Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Flavortown. Shorebirds are extremely efficient when it comes to hunting as well as actually consuming what they find. They’re often moving so quickly that it’s usually difficult to see their prey. The larger worms are typically stretched until they finally release from their hiding spot. This moment is soon after the worm was finally pried from the pond’s mud. I’m hoping the local cuisine was good enough for a return visit this year. 🌥 ∥ Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

A large songbird of the east. These very vocal birds spend their warm months in Ohio along with most other northeastern states. While there are a handful of other birds from this family out west, this is only one that calls the eastern United States home. Pictured is a young, fledgling from late summer last year. These birds are early migrants and have already arrived in Ohio last week. 🍃 ∥ Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

A brief pause in the middle of some slight drizzle last fall. While perched on his favorite twig, he embraced the raindrops and eventually used them to take a quick bath. The amount of water a human would use for one compared to a tiny hummingbird must seem like an ocean to them. 🌧 ∥ Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Incessant calling and singing in the prairies is something this little dude is great at. Hopping around from flower to flower, my presence was of least concern to him as he was often bouncing around too close for my camera to focus. About a month away until they’ll be back. 🌿 ∥ Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)