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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ramapo, New Jersey

May 6, 2013

Contrary to most people complaining about the slow spring migration in the Northeast so far, I really enjoy photographing spring arrivals in the slower pace, not thinking what I’m missing out on by not being somewhere else “chasing” the migrants…

Beautiful weather really makes it very enjoyable experience! But as others, I can’t wait for the “main event” to finally begin!

Yesterday, I spent about 5 hours photographing Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (Polioptila caerulea).

What a beautiful bird!

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea Ramapo NJ Halifax Road songbird spring migration

– for larger view and EXIF data, please click on the image – Photograph taken with a Canon 1Dx camera and 600mm f/4 lens II + 1.4x extender III

If you ever tried to photograph these birds, you probably know how fast they move and never stay still!

They are very similar to Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets in their quick movements (two more photographs of kinglets on my main blog: )

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