West 28 St Cattle Egret

For the last week or so lone Cattle Egret has been at West 28th Street between 8 and 9th Avenues, Chelsea. This is a rare bird for New York City. Looks like it may have migrated a bit north of the usual breeding territory. The bird usually hangs out in a small fenced in area of grass, trees and flowers; and has been seen roosting on a balcony of the Penn South houses. This Cattle Egret mostly feeds on earth worms—lots of them.

Here it is catching a worm:

The blur is because it moves fast.

Other poses:

Note the orange breeding plumage.

Central Park April 18

The third bird down is a composite image.

Palm Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017
Palm Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Central Park 4/18/2017

Snake's Head Fritillary, Central Park 4/18/2017 Snake’s Head Fritillary, Central Park 4/18/2017[/caption]

Sessile-flowered Wake-robin, Central Park 4/18/2017
Sessile-flowered Wake-robin, Central Park 4/18/2017
Daffodil, Central Park 4/18/2017
Daffodil, Central Park 4/18/2017
Red Tulips, Central Park 4/18/2017
Red Tulips, Central Park
Yellow Tulips, Central Park 4/18/2017
Yellow Tulips, Central Park 4/18/2017

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

My husband, Marc, and I went to Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Long Island, with two friends yesterday. It was a glorious day for a leisurely stroll and the grounds look lovely at this time of year. In the early evening, we stopped for a fabulous meal at the Jolly Fisherman’s Restaurant in Roslyn on the way back to New York City. It was a lovely day all round, thanks to our friends.

Cherry, Bayard 4/16/2017
Cherry, Bayard 4/16/2017

If anyone knows the name of this wildflower (next 2 pictures b elow) please let me know. I tried to find it in my flower books.

White Fower, Bayard 4/16/2017
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White Fower, Bayard 4/16/2017
White Fower, Bayard 4/16/2017
Star Magnolioa, Bayard 4/17/2017
Star Magnolioa, Bayard 4/17/2017
Jolly Fisherman, Roslyn NY 4/16/2017
View out the window at Jolly Fisherman, Roslyn NY 4/16/2017

High Line Flower Fun

I love taking pictures of flowers with my AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f2.8 G ED lens. I took these Friday morning on the High Line.

Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017
Flowers on the High Line 4/15/2017

Central Park Spring Flowers

Photographed using a Nikon D750 with a Sigma 150-600 mm lens in Central Park Tuesday April 11. I find that my big lens can work a lot like a macro.

Virginia Bluebell, Central Park 4/11/2017
Virginia Bluebell, Central Park 4/11/2017
Rhododendron. Central Park 4/11/2017
Rhododendron. Central Park 4/11/2017
Chinese Barberry, Central Park 4/11/2017
Chinese Barberry, Central Park 4/11/2017
Peach, Central Park 4/11/2017
Peach, Central Park 4/11/2017
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis, Central Park 4/11/2017
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis, Central Park 4/11/2017

Central Park Birds Wednesday

I actually photographed these on Tuesday April 11 in Central Park and processed them next day. So the title is not totally wrong.

One of those lucky shots.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Central Park 4/11/2017
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Central Park 4/11/2017

The Red-headed Woodpecker has been there all winter but I was unable to get to that part of the park to see it until now. A terrible bunch of photos of it, but they are mine.

Red-headed Woodpecker, Cnetral Park 4/12/2017
Red-headed Woodpecker, Cnetral Park 4/12/2017

Macy’s Flower Show

Every year Macy’s at Herald Square has a spring flower show. I usually go. Some years are better than others. This year’s is a riot of color for the carnival theme. The poor fish must feel overwhelmed. I look a little better in the skinny mirror.

Late Spring Birds

A selection of birds from March photographed in Central Park.

Song Sparrow, Central Park 3/29/2017
Song Sparrow, Central Park 3/29/2017 version 2

The Phoebe was hanging out at Turtle Pond. I didn’t get a close shot of it.