Mostly images of birds found in our region of Northampton County, NC.
(Image above is Potecasi Creek at Burnt Bridges)
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The Summer Tanager, Piranga rubra, is a very interesting critter. They are known for dining on bees and wasps, often catching them in flight, taking them to a tree and beating them to death, removing the stinger by rubbing it against a branch. The female is yellow, sometimes with red feathers blended in. The male above is the only one I have seen. I have seen several females the last couple years, but the male apparently is more shy.
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.