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Michigan has a visitor. The First Roseate Spoonbill ever sighted in Michigan. My wife was driving the other day and passed a marshy area near our home. She called and said there were a lot of photographers along the bridge. I couldn't go then, but after a few days checked into it. Turns out this young Spoonbill decided to make a name for himself by being the first. There was some speculation that it escaped from a zoo, but with no zoos reporting any missing spoonbills, they think it made the trip up from it's normal habitat, evidently something these birds tend to do when young.

And just to make my day, there was a host of marsh birds present.

These are all huge crops. The Spoonbill and Blue Herron were over 200 yards away and the Egret about 150 yards. The Green Herron was a little closer at about 150-200 feet. I'm going to keep checking back, some of the photographers said they've had better opportunities on previous days.

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The pond is completely covered in algae.

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Ok, that's just creepy...

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Stupid stick! A testament to the G9's bird detect and tracking ability. It only lost the Herron once among the sticks, and near/far took care of it.

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Michigan has a visitor. The First Roseate Spoonbill ever sighted in Michigan. My wife was driving the other day and passed a marshy area near our home. She called and said there were a lot of photographers along the bridge. I couldn't go then, but after a few days checked into it. Turns out this young Spoonbill decided to make a name for himself by being the first. There was some speculation that it escaped from a zoo, but with no zoos reporting any missing spoonbills, they think it made the trip up from it's normal habitat, evidently something these birds tend to do when young.

And just to make my day, there was a host of marsh birds present.

These are all huge crops. The Spoonbill and Blue Herron were over 200 yards away and the Egret about 150 yards. The Green Herron was a little closer at about 150-200 feet. I'm going to keep checking back, some of the photographers said they've had better opportunities on previous days.

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The pond is completely covered in algae.

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Ok, that's just creepy...

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Stupid stick! A testament to the G9's bird detect and tracking ability. It only lost the Herron once among the sticks, and near/far took care of it.

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Interesting about the Spoonbill. Birders in my area of western NY have also recently spotted a spoonbill residing in a local preserve. I've only seen them at the zoo.
 

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Interesting about the Spoonbill. Birders in my area of western NY have also recently spotted a spoonbill residing in a local preserve. I've only seen them at the zoo.
I hope it has the instinct to fly back south before the weather turns. I don't think migration is in their nature. It'll be interesting (if it stays long enough) to see if it loses it's color, not having it's native crustaceans to eat.
 

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I had another pass by the Patapsco river yesterday at lunch looking for some Herons. I found an Egret and some geese right away so that kept me busy for my 1/2 visit and never saw the Great Blue Heron I went to see.

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I had the 200mm + 1.4X on the camera when this guy flew and landed too close to me. The reflections on the water and his white feathers would have made for a great photo if I could have stepped back 50 feet really quickly with this prime lens setup. I had about 3 seconds to plan :)
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an oldie from a few years back. common wren (europe) with telescope and olympus cam.
(before I entered lens info into the cam. lens Celestron 80ED f7.5 600mm. so exif would be blank)

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Found this one which always reminds me of the arguments of having protective filters or not on the lens (to protect, or degrade? :)
This one was shot through my three glass kitchen windows, and bird on the balcony (2m away). With the modest 75-300 zuiko... . AND those were some filthy windows... ;-)
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Found this one which always reminds me of the arguments of having protective filters or not on the lens (to protect, or degrade? :)
This one was shot through my three glass kitchen windows, and bird on the balcony (2m away). With the modest 75-300 zuiko... . AND those were some filthy windows... ;-)
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So the message is to get rid of the filters and hold 3 layers of dirty window glass in front of the lens?:whistling:
 
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I went out to my 'hunting' grounds along the Patapsco River this morning and found this guy sitting on a rock. He stayed long enough for me to get photos and then he got bored with me and flew off.

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