It is always an adventure when you are out trying to photograph wildlife. They are constantly on the move and sometimes just do not want to be seen. It takes a lot of patience to wait for that perfect shot. I love going out bird watching, it is a joy being able to see a new bird and adding it to the life list. They are possibly the most challenging for me as a photographer to capture that perfect picture, especially the small song birds. They are always hopping around the branches and continuously on the move. Living close to the Mississippi River, it is a great fly over zone for many migrating birds. This past spring I spent some time out at Yellow River National Forest and Effigy Mounds National Park in Northeast Iowa. I was able to spot a few new bird species I have never seen before. Some of these include: Ruby-crowned kinglet, Wilson’s warbler, Chestnut-sided warbler, Yellow-throated vireo, and Tennessee warbler. Not only do we have many migrating birds in the area, there is also a variety of birds that stay for the summer that are exciting to see as well.
Not only do I get to see many migrating birds at the parks, sometimes it is exciting when they visit your backyard. In the beginning of spring I always have a few visitors that come to my backyard every year. One of them is the rose-breasted grosbeak. For the past two year that I have lived here, we have had a male and female visit. The most exciting visitor we had last year was a male scarlet tanager. He stayed around for a few days and even brought a friend (another male) one day. With spring hopefully just around the corner, I can’t wait to get the camera out and see what I can capture! Enjoy!