In a previous post, I had shown photos of a Downy Woodpecker raising a young bird. Unfortunately, the birds were quite distant and difficult to photograph.
Then, in early July, I managed to get a close-up portrait of this male. Woodpeckers are not very shy and are usually very busy examining tree branches and bark for tidbits. By their loud knocking and hammering they attract attention from far away.
Mockingbirds, native to North America, are known for imitating sounds foreign to their species and incorporating them into their song. The catbird gets its name from the fact that it also has cat sounds in its repertoire.
In North America, the American Robin is what the blackbird is in Europe. It has a similar appearance, similar behavior, is just as common and omnipresent and occupies the same niche as the blackbird. Here it is called “American Robin”. However, it is not closely related to the European robin.
An impressive appearance is this raven in the desert of Arizona. Of course he knows exactly where the tourists stop and where there might be something to get hold of. They can even memorize the cars of generous tourists and follow them on their round through the national park.
The probably most striking bird in North America is the Northern Cardinal with its bright red plumage. The female is much simpler and more inconspicuously colored but quite attractive. When I photographed the two in our garden, they all had beaks full of work to raise the offspring.
The Downy Woodpecker is the smallest woodpecker in North America and grows to about the size of a sparrow. It gets its name from the fluffy white downs on its back.
I was watching this male in the trees on a neighboring property and was trying to take a picture of him among all the branches, twigs and leaves when suddenly a young woodpecker appeared, fed by the adult bird.
The pictures with the young bird are unfortunately not as good as I would like them to be, but at least they have documentary value.
(Marimatha nigrofimbria) Indiana, USA – October 2019
This small and rather inconspicuous moth caught my attention last autumn. It sat motionless at the top of a blade of grass and seemed to enjoy the morning sun.
I quickly screwed the macro lens onto the camera and a small photo session with the small, patient moth was held, and I was able to get quite close to it. Until it was suddenly gone – just disappeared. I had not seen it flutter away, it was not lying in the grass either. Strange!
With that the session was over and I returned to the house to stow the camera. I turned it over and there the moth sat calmly at the inner edge of the lens hood. Through the window I released it into freedom.
The steppe landscape of the prairie offers a wide view of distant mountain panoramas. The stormy weather drives the clouds over the sky in large shreds and provides an impressive play of light and color. It is a feast for the eyes and the scenery seems almost surreal.
The “Very Large Array” (VLA) is an observatory consisting of 27 radio telescopes with a diameter of 25 meters each. The system is installed on a Y-shaped rail system of 21 km length each and can be positioned on it in different configurations. It was built in the 1970s and, following extensive modernization, has been state-of-the-art since 2012.
We drove there and back twice, as a snowstorm had just set in on our arrival on the first day, making photography impossible. We decided to try again the next day. After all, these detours from our main route meant two trips of 160 km back and forth.
On the second day it was still stormy and bitterly cold, but I was able to take some nice photos in quite dramatic light conditions. The cows are omnipresent there – after all we are in cowboy country.