Thursday, May 14, 2009

Splendid portraits

All species below were seen in the park yesterday and the day before by many, many birders. But only a few were immortalized on film by photographer David Speiser --

Gray Catbird

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Baltimore Oriole [female]

Baltimore Oriole [male]

Northern Parula Warbler

Red-eyed Vireo

PS from Marie: The warblers are on their way to nest elsewhere -- no warblers nest in Central Park. Some Baltimore Orioles, Red-eyed Vireos and Gray Catbirds do nest in the park, though many more are only stopping over for brief visits

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lessons at the Sailboat Pond

Yesterday the photographer Murray Head wrote: The 10th was Mothers Day, but today was Duckling Day. Here's what I overheard at the Sailboat Pond:

He's gotta learn "Style and Grace." Never too early.

Position 1!

Position 2!

Now make us proud...

Left, right, left, right.


Would you mind taking a formal picture?

PS. One more picture, taken during the lesson, while Pale Male was circling above:

All photos and captions by Murray Head --May 12, 2009

Tomorrow...back to the spring migration and photos by David Speiser

Sunday, May 10, 2009


Photo by Murray Head - 5/8/09
taken at the Model-boat Pond