My Wheaton Wildlife Photos


Having too much time on my hands has generated an interest in birding. The photos below are some of the birds I have photographed - mostly in:
 • Brookside Gardens,
 • Wheaton Regional Park, and
 • Sligo Creek Park).

Birds

This is the Gray Catbird - you can't throw a dead cat
in my area without hitting a cat bird!
Gray Catbird
This is a Green Heron - taken in Brookside Gardens.
He is on a small branch looking for dinner.
Green Heron
Same Green Heron taken later
He has flown down to Pine Lake to feed.
Green Heron
This is an American Goldfinch in Brookside Gardens.
He was feeding all over the place when I saw him.
American Goldfinch
This was a lucky shot - I looked up and there was this female
Ruby-throated Hummingbird! The first one I have ever seen.
Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
According to my nephew Taylor, this is the rare Rubberus Duckus,
normally not seen outside of it's normal environment.
The Rare Rubberus Duckkus
First time I used my new zoom lens I heard the cry of a hawk.
I looked up, and there it was. It flew away immediately, as usual.
A Red Tailed Hawk from a distance
While fixing a flat tire on my bike, I saw this Black Vulture watching
from across the street. I wonder what he was waiting for.
Black Vulture
This is a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird taken from
my brother's front porch.
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Another Ruby-throated Hummingbird chowing down
on my brother's front porch.
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A Carolina Chickadee taken with my new 150-500mm zoom
Carolina Chickadee
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
This is a fuzzy Carolina Wren, taken in poor light with my 500mm lens
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This is a Downy Woodpecker, taken in the same tree as the Chickadee
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Spring 2014 has come to the Nature Center in Wheaton Regional Park.

White Breasted Nuthatch
White Breasted Nuthatch
Black Crested Titmouse
Black Crested Titmouse
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Female American Goldfinch
Female American Goldfinch
Male Cardinal
Make Cardinal
Female Cardinal
Female Cardinal
White-Throated Sparrow
Yellow-Throated Sparrow
White Breasted Nuthatch
White Breasted Nuthatch
Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Along Sligo Creek
Yellow-Crowned Night Herron Along Sligo Creek
Yellow-Crowned Night Heron Along Sligo Creek
Yellow-Crowned Night Herron Along Sligo Creek
This is a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
sitting on the nest. (See update below)
This is the Yellow-crowned Night Heron<br>sitting on the nest
This is one of a pair of Pileated
Woodpeckers in Wheaton Regional Park
This is one of a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers in Wheaton Regional Park
Eastern Bluebird sitting in a tree
Eastern Bluebird sitting in a tree
Tree Swallow sitting still - but not for very long!
Tree Swallow sitting still - but not for very long!
Solitary Sandpiper on Pine Lake
Solitary Sandpiper on Pine Lake
Another Tree Swallow sitting on a Wood Duck next box
Another Tree Swallow sitting on a Wood Duck next box
I took a trip to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
in Washington D.C and spotted this guy.
I took a trip to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and spotted this guy
The look in those yellow eyes said one thing - Where's Lunch?

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Mr. and Mrs. Yellow-Crowned Night Heron on the nest.
(can you see Junior peeping over the nest?
Mr. and Mrs. Yellow-Crowned Night Heron on the nest.
Junior on the nest.

Junior on the nest
The latest trip to the nest on 6/13 showed a total of
not 1, not 2, but 5 nestlings!
The latest trip to the nest on 6/13 showed a total of not 1, not 2, but 5 nestlings!
A lucky picture of Mr. Heron flying across the storm run-off
ponds on Sligo Creek Trail down stream from the shopping center.
A lucky picture of Mr. Heron flying across the storm run-off ponds on Sligo Creek Trail down stream from the shopping center
Green Heron hunting in Brookside Gardens
July 2014
Green Heron hunting in Brookside Gardens July 2014
Went hunting for a hummingbird in Brookside Gardens, July 2014
Got a so-so shot of her slurping her lunch.
Green Heron hunting in Brookside Gardens July 2014

Hardware

All the photos here were taken either with my Nikon D40, or my Nikon D5300.

I have three and 1/2 lenses:

Nikon ViewNX2 or Capture NX-D were used to adjust the images taken in NEF (RAW) format; Photoshop Elements was used to tweak the images for sizing and labels.



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