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Birds from Ft. De Soto outing in April

Finally, I processed all the pictures taken on April 11 at Ft. De Soto, discarding dozens of them.  There are still a few unidentified shorebirds that will be posted to WBIT?, but here are some of the passerines….the perching birds that are of more interest to me personally.

When the Orchard Oriole showed up near the fountain, SLB and I were chasing after another bird while Terry was busy getting some great shots of it.  At the time, I thought the Oriole was a life bird, but after doing some checking, we had seen them at So. Padre Island, TX in 2007, which, like Ft. De Soto, is one of the first places for birds to land after flying across the Gulf of Mexico during spring migration.  After processing the remainder of my pictures last night, it turns out that the “other bird” was an Orchard Oriole, too, but those pictures were discarded.  We went back to the fountain area and the Orchard Oriole was still there, along with some others….here they are….first up, the Orchard Oriole…

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Orchard Oriole, Ft.DeSoto, 4-11-12

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Orchard Oriole, Ft.DeSoto, 4-11-12

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Orchard Oriole, Ft.DeSoto, 4-11-12

 

The Prairie Warbler was a life bird for me….but I never did get a decent picture of it…

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Prairie Warbler, Ft.DeSoto, 4-11-12

 

The Prothonotary wasn’t a life bird, but I’ve yet to get a really decent shot of it either….

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Prothonotary Warbler, Ft.DeSoto, 4-11-12

 

Another life bird, the Yellow-throated Warbler….and, being a Warbler, not easy to photograph as they rarely sit still….

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Yellow-throated Warbler, Ft.DeSoto, 4-11-12

 

I thought the next two shots were interesting…..the Fish Crow feeding its young made me cringe….the Cardinal waiting patiently for the Starling to finish bathing looks as though he was asking, “Are you done yet?”

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Fish Crow, feeding, Ft.DeSoto, 4-11-12

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Starling & Cardinal, are you done, Ft.DeSoto, 4-11-12

 

On to the next batch of files to be processed…..

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