Northern Virginia Birds

This weekend was a weekend for bird photography, and tonight, to take a break from reviewing and processing images from Italy, I processed and uploaded photographs I shot this weekend of birds in Leesylvania State Park and here in Montclair, VA. I have been trying to get some decent images of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and this weekend a female hummingbird was very cooperative. (Click on the images twice to see them in more detail.)

She was watching me as I was watching her (above photo). Below, I caught her as she was beginning to take off.

And finally, one more image (below), when she was back in the tree.

Common Grackles live up to their name and are way too common here. However, I could not resist photographing this one (below), because the sun was making its iridescent feathers glisten as it was perched up in a tree and screeching loudly. As you probably know, they do not have a pleasant call.

Mourning doves (below) are also very common, but have you ever looked closely at one? They are very colorful with gorgeous blue eyelids, blue feathers on the top of their head, and blue and yellow feathers on their shoulders.

In early summer, recently hatched birds fledge from their nests, but still follow their parents around begging for food. Below are two fledglings–a Catbird and Red Bellied Woodpecker. The young Catbird was impatiently waiting to be fed, and the shy, young woodpecker was partially lit by the sun while hiding in a tree waiting for one its parents to return with a meal.

 A couple more bird images follow–one of a Titmouse about to eat a seed (also partially lit by the sun) and the other an adult Catbird fluffed up while preening its feathers.

One last photograph–a dragonfly shot a Leesylvania State Park–obviously not a bird, but they do fly. Be sure to click on this image. They appear to have a face with very large eyes and a nose above their mouth.

All of the above images were shot with a Nikon D300 and Nikkor 80-400mm VR lens. Tomorrow, its back to Italy.

About Stephen L Tabone

Retired Executive Consultant and Nature Photographer
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5 Responses to Northern Virginia Birds

  1. Ann Cameron says:

    Your photos are always worth the look, Steve. I enjoy your commentary and fresh look at not only the spectacular but the everyday backyard birds! Keep’em coming!

  2. Thank you Ann. It’s great to know you and others are enjoying them.

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  4. Thank you SO MUCH for this awesome post….my children and I found a bird trapped in our screened porch this morning. Our first goal was to free it, then find out what it was. It was a Mourning Dove 🙂 They wanted to keep it as a pet, but cheered when we released it! 😉

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