First Spring Baltimore Oriole
It appears that the majority of the birds at Magee Marsh have moved on. Traveling to the refuge yesterday was a lot different from last week. The boardwalk was not packed with people. The bird migration apparently has moved because the number of birds in the area are significantly smaller. I was on my way out to the car when this First Spring Oriole landed on the hand rail of the Boardwalk. He seemed content to sit there for a while and allowed me to capture many full framed images of this young oriole. I have posted an earlier image of a full grown Baltimore and I think that each image is quite nice. The younger one does not have the full orange color of its parent birds, but the colors on this First Spring Oriole add to the quality of the image. He landed so close to me I needed to back up a bit to fit him inside of my viewfinder. My lens was a 300mm and I was using a 1.4x teleconverter. This combination is great for birds and with the Olympus EM-1 Mark II, I can get really sharp images holding the camera in my hand and not on a tripod.
My plan is to continue to watch the postings of the birds from the marsh and see if this was the final wave or if there are more birds in my future. Being a photographer here in Northwest Ohio limits the photo opportunities if wildlife is your area of focus (pun intended). Birds and deer are primarily the targets of my lens. An occasional red fox or coyote can be seen, but that is quite rare. We have a great Metro Park system in the area and I will continue to visit to capture some of the wildlife there. Next month we will see an influx of Dragon Flies and I will venture back to Magee Marsh and along the coast of Lake Erie to see what I might find with my Macro lenses and these Olympus mirrorless cameras that are becoming quite popular. Stay tuned and follow me on Facebook as I will keep posting in the various groups on my Facebook page. Enjoy!