Welcome to the new month!! It took a little longer that last year.. and the year before that.. and the year before that, but we made it. Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in the Midwest. The mercury made it up to the 63 mark which signals a great time to go birding! Although not feeling the best from a bad run the day before, I decided to head down to Emiquon and then caught Jubilee State Park on the way back. Neither of those locations produced anything noteworthy. The plan was to come back, process the shots and get them up on the Blog for your enjoyment. Unfortunately, the tin was pretty thin so pulling out a birding trip to Jubilee from back on January 30th of this year.
The shot above is definitely my favorite of the set. In truth, the lighting wasn’t that great forcing me to push the ISO up. This caused a grain that ended up adding to the overall look of the scene. It has that water color effect or even the look of a Japanese rice paper painting. Can’t wait to get that one printed out.
Here’s another shot of the same Eastern Bluebird.
This Nuthatch was hanging out in the bottoms down by the Jubilee pond. This area is usually a bog, but the cold January weather froze it up enough to traverse it without issue.
Hit the jump to see a few more shots from the hike.