Finally - it's spring in the park (Shenandoah Nat Park - my favorite spot; hope I don't get shot there now!). Flowers, butterflies.....
and BIRDS!! This Canada warbler is a first time for me....he was really high up!
Catbirds aren't particularly exciting, as we have them all over the place at home, but he just looked so beautiful,
And this guy I'm not real sure about. I thought it was a great creasted flycatcher (it's some kind of flycatcher), but it sure had a strong black eye line. He was funny with his cap sticking straight up!
John got these scarlet tanager photos - When I saw him, he wasout of decent reach, even with the uber lens.
Willard, it's time! I watched this doe through the brush for a long time, trying to figure out why she just looked at me and never turned to leave. Then I glimpsed the chestnut color under her, and the enchantment began! I couldn't have been in a worse spot for trying to see and get some photos without making them nervous.
It was very new - actually I was surprised it was already here - it seems a few days early, and the weather has been so awful. He was wobbly, but curious.
This is my favorite - if you enlarge the photo, he seems to be looking at a tiny violet on the ground, a la Bambi. I don't think that was really the case, I think he was just unsteady. I spent a few minutes not breathing, then reluctantly backed out to leave them in peace. It was beautiful.