One cold, windy afternoon in late December, Rich offered that we take our afternoon walk at Oakland Nature Preserve. The birds must have found a good place to hunker down because there was not much activity. But we still enjoyed walking around the place where I discovered natured photography, and where Rich spent countless hours keeping me company at my very first bird blind. Towards the end of our walk, we did find a small flock of warblers that made my camera smile!
This little Palm Warbler was hopping around the rail at the dock. I was surprised to see hints of bright yellow and brown in his plumage. Hints of breeding plumage can only mean one thing – spring is not far away!
This Tricolored Heron looked as cold as I felt as I stood in the lake breeze on the dock. When I first discovered nature photography, a flight shot like this would have been a major victory. These days with mirrorless cameras, these shots are much easier – even in ridiculously gray weather.
Rich was quick to point out the bird laughing at me. A pair of Common Gallinules were feeding at the edge of the lake. The fact that I spent several minutes photographing this very common bird tells you just how few birds there were that afternoon!
A flock of warblers came through as we walked back on the boardwalk. It was mostly Pine Warblers, with a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and a Blue-headed Vireo mixed in. I had fun photographing the little birds as they dove for bugs in the moss. Their bright yellow colors were a great contrast to the gray day!
I love the background colors on this last one. The yellow tones are perfect for a Florida winter.
We trekked back to the car, enjoying our walk through nature. Rich suggested that next time, if I wanted to see good birds, perhaps I should use reverse psychology and leave the camera at home!
Want to learn more about nature photography at Oakland Nature Preserve?
Check out my Oakland Nature Preserve page with more information about the location, map, website, photography tips, etc. It is archived by date so you can see my images from previous visits. Maybe you'll be inspired for your own trip!
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