My Birding Trip

The Magee Marsh (Oak Harbor, Ohio) is situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie. It is a prime stopover for North American warblers during spring migration.

Though last week wasn’t its peak time, I witnessed many birds preparing to migrate across the great lake toward Canada.

They make this long trip annually, large numbers of warblers begin to arrive in early April along the Gulf Coast, but migration peaks in mid-to-late May at northern sites.

These cute birds are tiny, some can be as small as:

Length: 3.9-4.7 in (10-12 cm), weight: 0.2-0.3 oz (5-10 g), and wingspan: 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)

You need a longer lens to photograph them and/or a binocular for bird watching. It was pretty challenging to take a photo of them since these little birds move so quickly and high in the trees.

I used my 300 mm lens, then cropped these images very aggressively; hundreds of blurry images had to be deleted.

My dear friends J and G who introduced me warbler migration can name dozens of different warblers. G writes down the names of the warblers he has seen daily on his birding notebook. He compares his list day by day and year by year, so he knows which one is missing and/or new to him. This cute little one is like “Wow, really?” 🙂

Thank you so much, J and G!

Thank you for visiting. 🙂

90 thoughts on “My Birding Trip

  1. Beautiful photos! I’m fairly new to photographing birds, and am amazed by your ability to capture such sharp photos of such antsy warblers with a 300mm lens. I was on Monhegan in Maine this past fall to catch them on their way home and had trouble getting clear shots with a 600mm lens! Thanks for sharing.


  2. I’m a birder, along with my husband & we both find that warblers are some of the hardest birds to photograph. Takes a lot of patience. I enjoyed your commentary regarding the behavior especially in the northern states. We are in Jacksonville, Florida & see the larger migration in Sept.-Dec. when they all head south for the winter & then again in March-April when they head back up north.

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  3. Great shots, Amy! I understand you had to take many – I find it extremely difficult because they are so fast. Well done. Love especially that last one – he is almost squinting!

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  4. Your comment make me very happy, Jeremy! My first birding adventure. I was surprised to see these many birders. Numerous photographers standing in line with their 600 or 800 mm lens and heavy duty tripod waiting/ non-stop clicking. My friend told me it get “worst” this weekend and next week. Anyway, this trip opened my eyes about birding. 🙂 Thank you for spending time to view my humble shots twice. I’m so encouraged.

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    • Just out of curiosity … for those with long lenses, do they generally lock their position and wait for the birds to come into frame? I think I learn some things from this post: continuous shooting mode, or multiple attempts, and normal to have many failed shots, and tight cropping. Thanks!

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      • I am pretty nervous when the mater is asking me question… With 7D II, I used continuous shooting and AI Servo which allow me to set focus me to set expand AF area for these shots. I have a cheap 300 mm lens (it’s plastic, but light. 400 mm is too heavy for me). Admittedly, this time I had to delete some 699 bird shots, am glad it didn’t cost me anything.) 🙂 . My 7D shoots bigger birds without any problem, like egrets, geese, duck… but, small birds, like Warblers, can be frustrating with my 300 mm lens. I noticed the tripod those photographers used were easy for them to maneuver, not the kind I bought, and their lenses are like 4, 5 times bigger than mine.
        Mark III has been on the market, so II is much cheaper now. A guy at work recommended to me mark II a few years ago, and it took me a few years to learn to use it.

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  5. When I first saw this blog post on my iPhone, I was so impressed that I have to go to my laptop to have a good look on the big screen. Well done, Amy! Not my genre, but I enjoy browsing such nice pictures.

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