Monday, May 21, 2007

Huntley Meadows Bird Walk - Nests

White-eyed vireo in the nest. Very near the board walk at Huntley Meadows. Canon 10D with 300mm lens. Hand focused due to all the branches in the foreground. Another white-eyed vireo was in a nearby tree singing loudly. We got good looks, but no good pictures of the other one.


Blue gray gnatcatcher nest at Huntley Meadows. I took about 20 pictures of her hoping she would look at the camera, and left thinking she hadn't cooperated. I didn't know I'd gotten one until I got home! These pictures were with the Canon 10D, Swarovski 65HD scope and 800mm adaptor.

4 comments:

PA-Birder said...

Now a White-eyed Vireo just seems to be one of those birds that eludes me. I see a few a summer when everyone else seems to be seeing loads. And finding a nest? Well forget that, so thanks for showing me what a nesting WEV looks like.
Vern

Betsy True said...

Vern--

I can't say I've seen many either, and as for the nest, someone showed it to me or I NEVER would have found it. I barely found it knowing where it was. Somewhere, in one of my early blog entries, I got a really good picture of a WEV at Huntley Meadows...I'll need to look for it. At least I think it's on the blog...

Larry said...

That's really nice you were able to capture a photo of a W-E Vireo nest. -The gnatcatcher nests are odd looking.-Pretty good camouflage.

Lynette said...

Last weekend, outside the Panera Bread restaurant in VA Beach (near Pembroke Mall), I saw a group of birds waiting for crumbs from the outside patrons. These were large (the size of mockingbirds) birds with strong all-purpose dark bills; dark gray backs & wings; yellowish bellies tinted faintly with olive (but not white); and all had WHITE irises! Tail is held out straight, not cocked up. I was guessing white-eyed vireos, having never seen one; but all books & photos indicate the vireo is a smaller ("sparrow-sized") bird. These were definitely larger. Probably still there, boldly begging for crumbs. Can anyone help ID this bird? Lynette Combs, Norfolk, VA