Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In the good light

I went back to Central Park on Sunday to see what was around the Reservoir. Not much of positive interest was around, though the lack of Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads, and Shovelers was interesting; Hooded Mergansers were almost entirely absent as well.

There was a group of five Coots at the north end, squabbling occasionally. One decided to try his luck elsewhere and stalked off across the ice on his big ridiculous Coot feet.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; American Coot, Central Park Reservoir
Coot, bigfooting

I thought that the late-afternoon sunshine would make for a good photo of the Common Redpoll, so I went back downtown to the Ramble. I had a bit of a wait before the Redpoll appeared,and a longer one as he left and returned to the feeders several times, always in the shade. Other birds were a bit more cooperative.

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Chipping Sparrow, Central Park
the Chipping Sparrow is still hanging in there

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Black-Capped Chickadee, Central Park
Chickadee, pausing briefly

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Junco, central park
"get my good side"

Finally, the Redpoll showed up on the sunny side of the feeders briefly

Ed Gaillard: birds &emdash; Common Redpoll, Central Park
worth the wait

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