A couple of fledgling birds that appeared at my feeders over the past days. First a house finch:
And then a cardinal:
The finch was a surprise visitor that I had not seen before. Looks like he's asking me to refill the feeder... I've been observing the cardinal family since the eggs first hatched. This bird has gone through some phases; starting as a very clumsey fledgling being fed by her parents to a competent adult. It will be nice to see her in adult plumage once she finishes molting.
Shots taken with with Pentax K3 and Tokina ATX 400 f5.6. Some cropping but the birds were pretty tame and let me get right up to the len's minium focusing distance of about 8 feet (2.5 meters).
I'm not sure why, but the DNR plants winter wheat rye in some of fields in the Allegan Forest, the game area where I do much of my outdoor photography. The game area was cobbled together from a lot of failed farms in the 1930's - farms that failed due to the very sandy soil that offers little support for crops. Here's a closeup of a the head of wheat rye stalk with a little spider on it. The wheat rye has grown fairly well this year, but is exceedingly thin in the sandy soil. The tan background is the rest of the field.
(Correction: I thought it was winter wheat, but after chatting with a farmer with a field full of this stuff I learned that it was rye.)
Took a walk through the Dowagiac Woods this afternoon. The overcast sky made for some rich colors. Late in the season, the foliage of the forest floor was peaking as the spring ephemerals were fading... Here's a trillim surrounded by maple seedlings and other greens:
I wanted to take some photos of birds so I pulled my car alongside my birdfeeders. I figured I'd hop in and use the car as a blind. After moving the car I grabbed my camera and 400mm lens to step outside, but my cat had already taken up watch on the roof of the car. I grabbed this snap of him with the birding setup - no doubt he's thinking "Hey, I'm watching the birds here! Quit scaring them away!"