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

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

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.

High Line Thaw

It is now suddenly very warm in New York City. Some early spring flowers include Witch Hazel and Pussy Willow. Crocii were in the lawn but off limits for photography.

Witch Hazel, High Line 2/19/2017
Witch Hazel, High Line 2/19/2017

I had fun watching a mocking bird gulp down berries:

A few photos of the High Line:

December Ducks

OK, so the first two are not ducks. I photographed these on December 31, 2016 at the Pond at the south end of Central Park. I added some effects in Photoshop and OnOne.

The Mallards are in mating mode. They splashed around and chased each other making a ruckus.