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Joyous Melody of the Song Sparrow

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Went to Huntington Central Park today as I got off work early and had my lens with.. wanted to check out the black plum tree blossom trees and sure enough they are in full bloom. And not only that...but I saw so many birds today...like this pretty lil Song Sparrow who was singing up a glorious melody. Saw the Owl but he was too high up and backlit to get a good shot of. Also got pics of a White-Faced Ibis..of all things..and discovered a medium size flock of Cedar Waxwings who have arrived for spring. Also many phoebes, bush tits, house finches, hummingbirds, goldfinches, two red shouldered hawks, a Cinnamon Teal..lots of other ducks, Northern Shovelers which are so lovely. The Cinnamon Teal is lovely as well...and I am wondering why it doesn't say in the book that the breeding male's eye is red? I would think they might mention that in the Sibley Guidebook. Saw other birds that I can't think of names of right now plus all the usual suspects-gulls and crows and blackbirds...what else..egret and great blue heron and Eared Grebe..actually as I was standing at the pond (in the mud)...I had the White-faced Ibis, Egret and Heron all nearby..the teal was swimming nearby..but most of the time he was obstructed..seemed shy..lots of coots, mudhens, mallards, wigeons, and more...then I heard the high pitch hum/whistle of the flock of Waxwings...then I looked the other direction and there was a hummingbird..It was pure JOY! Really in all the time I've been going to HCP, I've never experienced such a vast array of different kinds of birds...

 

Of course..after just three hours..and 700 plus pics..and holding the 300mm f/2.8L lens mostly "UP", it was time to go and attend my afterwork errands...my dumb foot hurts like heck too...I guess it is never going to get better all the way (Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs)...tonight I ache all over..I am not in the best of shape. However, when I am out and about taking pics and really into it..I don't notice the aches and pains hardly at all..only afterward. Been noticing a correlation between being in creative mode and have not a care or pain in the world...very interesting..Well..I will take a Motrin and get to sleep early tonight...

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Taken on February 28, 2012