Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Results Are In!

With the new camera smell still in the air, we headed out after work onto the boardwalk at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest. The Nikon D300 has more buttons and options than the cockpit of a jumbo jet, so we kept the camera on fully automatic. As soon as we reached the water of the swamp, we encountered a pair of Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea) that appear to be building a nest behind the interpretative sign at #3. Only the bright yellow male is shown in the images.

A few moments later, the often-shy and rarely-photographed (by us) Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) dropped down on a fallen log in search of a meal. The red mohawk appeared exceptionally-well coiffed. A Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) looked for its meal on the side of a snag while a young Eastern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) sunned on a fallen log. If you look closely along it's right side, you can see a mosquito full of cottonmouth blood. Finally, on the way back we spotted Butterweed (Senecio glabellus) blooming and a Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) resting on a branch.

Not bad for a quick walk around the boardwalk with the new toy! Your visit to the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest can be equally fruitful!

Images by Mark Musselman

1 comment:

sisu said...

The best of luck with your new Nikon camera outfit. You will love it. This camera will allow you to record high quality images of some of the incredible images of nature available at Beidler.