I went to Michigan hoping to come home with lots of amazing wildlife shots. Last year I saw minks, for gosh sakes. And this year I have this great new long telephoto zoom lens. Confoundingly, Michigan critters are quite camera shy. No mink, no deer, only one chipmunk.
Birds – oh, yes, there were birds. I could hear them all around me, nattering away constantly. But they insisted on playing hide-and-seek with me, teasing with brief flashes of black and yellow, but never settling down long enough to visit.
Here are some of the animals I did manage to capture, mostly of the winged variety. Above is a Northern Pearly-eye Butterfly in Ludington State Park. Check out the natty striped antennas.
American Redstart, Ludington State Park.
Song Sparrow, Mitchell State Park.
Chickadee, Mitchell State Park.
Unidentified Warbler, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area. Maybe a female or juvenile Blackburnian? A little help, anyone?
A juvenile Bald Eagle searches for prey, spots his quarry, closes in, and – IMPACT!
To the victor goes the spoils.
Looks like fish for lunch today.
Great Spangled Fritillary, Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area. Who comes up with these names, anyhow?
Common Buckeye, Ludington State Park.
Widow Skimmer, Ludington State Park.
Eastern Pondhawk, Ludington State Park.
Sometimes dragonflies, butterflies and birds of the same species come in different colors. Usually it’s a male/ female thing. For instance, here’s a Ruby Meadowhawk female. Not particularly Ruby, is it? But here’s the male Ruby Meadowhawk, and now it’s obvious where the name came from. Mitchell State Park.
And now, for some scaly things: Midland Painted Turtle, Mitchell State Park. The front fellow’s a little shy, typical of most of the critters I saw – or didn’t see – in Michigan.
Near misses: Occasionally along the Mitchell Heritage Nature Trail I would hear “shish-shishhh-shish” as a small snake slithered off into the grass. I rarely actually saw them. I also heard the distinctive banjo-like “twang” of a Green Frog a few times.
Ending on a furry note: Chipmunk, White Pine Village.
Coming up: Mich-mash