Central Park Birds late April

Migration has been slow to start and the birds are few. We had a few specials. The Mourning Warbler, White-throated Sparrows and Blue Jay are locals. One somewhat controversial one was a Prothontary Warbler which was released by released in Central Park April 27, 2015 around 3:45 pm by the great staff of the Wild Bird Fund, in the vicinity of Tanner Spring. Reported by David Speiser. The argument is can it be counted as a wild bird. I thing, yes, as long as it recovers, feeds and continues its migration. I looks like it is feeding alright.

New York Botanicals late April

Some of these are native and some are from the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I had a spectacular day botanizing with a friend who likes to do the same thing. The weather was more than perfect. It took the rest of the day to id everything and get it into the information into metadata. Hope I managed to ID them correctly.

April Birds in New York City

An assortment of birds that are both here all year and just arrived this Spring. Central Park is looking good now, birders are out and so are the flowers. I took the last two photos near 30th Street along the Hudson River.

LandCow Head in a Box

There are some very large carved parts of old buildings housed in old wooden crates on the bank of the Hudson near 34th Street, Manhattan, NY. This is a 5 foot high head of a cow that is peering out of a broken crate. Reminds me of animal parts in a abattoir.

Cow Head, Hudson NYC April 13, 2015
Cow Head, Hudson NYC April 13, 2015

Soft Blossoms

What a difference a week makes. The Azaleas and, Cherries and Magnolias are in bloom this week. Seems like yesterday it was winter. I like using a macro lens for flowers. It allows me to choose what is in focus. In post I add a few filters and adjustment layers. I know these are so common. But don’t we all love seeing and taking pictures of  Spring flowers. How can I resist?

White Blossoms, Central Park April 18, 2015
White Blossoms, Central Park April 18, 2015
Pink Blossoms, Central Park April 18, 2014
Pink Blossoms, Central Park April 18, 2015
Magnolias, Central Park April 18, 2014
Magnolias, Central Park April 18, 2015

Spring Buds

What a difference a week makes. The park is shooting out pale green, yellow and pink buds all over. Buds and shoots have wonderful shapes.

Spring Flowers

It is Spring at last in New York City. Not a very warm one yet. I photographed some spring flowers in Central Park while waiting looking for early migrating birds. I managed to get a decent photo of a fast moving little Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Crocci, Central Park April 4, 2015
Crocci, Central Park April 4, 2015
Dwarf Iris, Central Park 4/5/2015
Dwarf Iris, Central Park 4/5/2015
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Central Park April 5, 2015
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Central Park April 5, 2015
Dwarf Iris Petals, Central Park April 5, 2015
Dwarf Iris Petals, Central Park April 5, 2015