Mostly images of birds found in our region of Northampton County, NC.
(Image above is Potecasi Creek at Burnt Bridges)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Brown-headed Cowbird, Molothrus ater, is an interesting bird. They are a nuisance around the feeders because they are usually found in groups and they can clean out the feeders quickly. They are also a parasite bird, in that they lay their eggs in the nest of another species and don't have anything to do with the resultant babies. It is not unusual to see a Bluebird feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird juvenile half again larger in size than herself. The males have the distinct brown head and the female is a fairly plain light brown with light streaks on its breast.
I am a rank amateur birdwatcher and avid amateur bird photographer living near Conway, NC. Being retired allows me plenty of time to devote to the hobby/obsession. Most of my bird shots are taken in our yard near Burnt Bridges. I shoot with a Nikon D300 and D200 using the 500mm f/4 and 200-400mm f/4 VR lenses. The 500mm lives on a Wimberley head on a sturdy carbon fiber tripod. I have recently, June, 2012, purchased a 600mm Nikon f/4 which is now my main birding lens.