Central Park Early October

Autumn is a season that I love and feel strongly.  At last I was able to go outdoors to make these photographs in these 3 galleries. I was laid low for a few weeks. I’m all better now.

Insects CP July

Went to Central Park yesterday. It was hot so I moved slowly. I dusted the small bee-like fly (only 5 mm) with stars, the rest are as photographed.

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 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

Natural Side of the City Book

I created a book of some of my photography. How images interact with each other in this book is as important as each picture on its own. Created as part of the B&H Portfolio Development (@BHEventSpace #BHPortDev).

Click link or picture to view or purchase
Natural Side of the City: Photography [hard cover] $60
Natural Side of the City: Photography [soft cover] $37
PDF verion $10
by Sherry Felix at Blurb

Trinity 1 of 2

Almost every birder in New York City knows about the vagrant Yellow-breasted Chat at Trinity Church at the end of Wall Street in Manhattan. I too went there to photograph it. It took me three tries to get good shots.

On one of the days that I failed to see the Chat I was gifted with the sight of a tiny Winter Wren. I used Corel Painter on one photograph of the wren.

Finally, the star of the show:

Trinity 2 of 2 — the buildings (posted 11/21/2016).

Kinglets

I was able to spend a couple of hours in the park and managed to capture a couple of Kinglets (Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned). They are such fun to watch. These tiny acrobatic birds flit about so fast they are hard to photograph. Every click of the shutter found them in a new position.

Insects and Flowers

Lots of insects are all out taking advantage of the flowers and greenery in June. I pulled in a few from previous years to illustrate a few common species. Insects are tricky, I often use BugGuide.net to get help identifying them.

I found a nice simple guide: A Pictorial Guide to Some Common Bees of the New York City Metropolitan Area (Images and descriptions compiled by Kevin C. Matteson).

Pelican’s Belly Can

“A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I’ll be darned if I know how the hellican?”

A limerick by Dixon Lanier Merritt

I remember hearing this as a child. My memory was jogged by a post on Though Open Lens

White Pelican, Regents Park 12/31/15
White Pelican, Regents Park, London 12/31/15