Troy Marcy Photography: Blog https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Troy Marcy Photography (Troy Marcy Photography) Thu, 21 Oct 2021 22:06:00 GMT Thu, 21 Oct 2021 22:06:00 GMT https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u243857356-o356659216-50.jpg Troy Marcy Photography: Blog https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog 96 120 Blue Jay Flyover https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/bluejay-flyover Blue Jay FlyoverBlue Jay FlyoverWhile photographing the Osprey on Lake Bloomington, this Blue jay flew over trying to steal the show. Valiant effort little bluejay.

 

While photographing the Osprey on Lake Bloomington, this Blue Jay flew over trying to steal the show. Valiant effort little bluejay.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm and bird black bloomington bluejay canon county eos f/5.6l illinois lake mclean nature r white wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/bluejay-flyover Thu, 21 Oct 2021 21:53:23 GMT
Messy Eater https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/messy-eater Messy EaterMessy EaterThis squirrel was a noisy and messy eater as you can see the crumbs flying. This image was taken at 16000 ISO and I'm so impressed with the quality of the file.

 

This squirrel was a noisy and messy eater as you can see the crumbs flying. This image was taken at 16000 ISO and I'm so impressed with the quality of the file.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 16000iso bloomington illinois canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r ewing park mclean county migration nature wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/messy-eater Tue, 19 Oct 2021 21:21:02 GMT
Turkey on the Run https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/turkey-on-the-run Turkey on the RunTurkey on the RunThis image was taken on a rainy day in early October as several female turkey were running for cover a tree line as the rain started coming down. They can really move!

 

This image was taken on a rainy day in early October as several female turkey were running for cover a tree line as the rain started coming down. They can really move!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r illinois mclean county migration nature turkey wild wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/turkey-on-the-run Mon, 18 Oct 2021 21:22:03 GMT
Swamp Sparrow in Dappled Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/swamp-sparrow-in-dappled-light Swamp Sparrow in Dappled LightSwamp Sparrow in Dappled LightI just love the rich colors and tones in this image of a swamp sparrow. The light was dapple in the thick bushes and reeds and the sparrows weren't very cooperative but I got luck with this one when the swamp sparrow looked back into the light. Hopefully I can get a few more opportunities with the sparrows when isn't so windy.

 

I just love the rich colors and tones in this image of a swamp sparrow. The light was dapple in the thick bushes and reeds and the sparrows weren't very cooperative but I got luck with this one when the swamp sparrow looked back into the light. Hopefully I can get a few more opportunities with the sparrows when isn't so windy.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm autumn bird canon central county dappled eos f/5.6l fall grove illinois light mclean nature park r sparrow swamp wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/swamp-sparrow-in-dappled-light Sun, 17 Oct 2021 21:39:54 GMT
Great Egret through Fall Leaves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/great-egret-through-fall-leaves Great Egret through Fall LeavesGreat Egret through Fall LeavesIf you have to shoot through foliage, might as well make it pretty, fall colors. While most of our trees haven't changed yet, there are a few pockets of yellows and oranges popping out. These leaves framed this Egret nicely.

 

If you have to shoot through foliage, might as well make it pretty, fall colors. While most of our trees haven't changed yet, there are a few pockets of yellows and oranges popping out. These leaves framed this Egret nicely.

 

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GBH in Flight at Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/gbh-in-flight-at-sunset GBH in Flight at SunsetGBH in Flight at SunsetA Great Blue Heron in flight is so majestic but even more so in the golden hour sunset.

 

A Great Blue Heron in flight is so majestic but even more so in the golden hour sunset.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm beauty bird bird-in-flight blue canon comlara county eos evergreen f/5.6l great heron illinois lake light mclean nature park r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/gbh-in-flight-at-sunset Thu, 14 Oct 2021 22:16:53 GMT
Palm Warbler in the Fall https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/palm-warbler-in-the-fall Palm Warbler in the FallPalm Warbler in the FallA friendly palm warbler popped in the opening of grass and reeds to give me a nice long look. I was able to get fairly close and get this image.

 

A friendly palm warbler popped in the opening of grass and reeds to give me a nice long look. I was able to get fairly close and get this image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r cloudy il lake bloomington lake evergreen low light mclean county nature overcast palm warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/palm-warbler-in-the-fall Thu, 14 Oct 2021 00:21:55 GMT
Swamp Sparrow in some Reeds https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/swamp-sparrow-in-some-reeds Swamp Sparrow in some ReedsSwamp Sparrow in some ReedsI saw the poms of this common reed moving like crazy and so I kept the camera pointed ready to see what bird might appear. This little swamp sparrow showed itself for a brief moment before hopping back into the thick cover of reeds. I think it was just as curios as I was.

 

I saw the poms of this common reed moving like crazy and so I kept the camera pointed ready to see what bird might appear. This little swamp sparrow showed itself for a brief moment before hopping back into the thick cover of reeds. I think it was just as curios as I was.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon county eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mclean nature r reeds sparrow swamp wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/swamp-sparrow-in-some-reeds Wed, 13 Oct 2021 03:38:21 GMT
Red-tailed Hawk Liftoff https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/red-tailed-hawk-liftoff Red-tailed Hawk LiftoffRed-tailed Hawk LiftoffCheck out this moment as the Red-tailed Hawk was about to take off.

 

Check out this moment as the Red-tailed Hawk was about to take off.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action and b&w bird black canon county eos f/5.6l hawk illinois mclean midwest nature r red-tailed white wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/red-tailed-hawk-liftoff Mon, 11 Oct 2021 17:41:06 GMT
Red-tailed Hawk Wings Out https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/red-tailed-hawk-wings-out Red-tailed Hawk Wings OutRed-tailed Hawk Wings OutI was able to get several images of this beautiful red-tailed hawk this morning. I can't make it out but it was eating something while on the utility pole and it has it in its left talon. I think it is a headless vole or mouse. I love this majestic pose with the outstretched wings.

 

I was able to get several images of this beautiful red-tailed hawk this morning. I can't make it out but it was eating something while on the utility pole and it has it in its left talon. I think it is a headless vole or mouse. I love this majestic pose with the outstretched wings.

 

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October Sunrise in Illinois https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/october-sunrise-in-illinois October Sunrise in IllinoisOctober Sunrise in IllinoisI didn't go out this morning expecting much of a sunrise due to the cloud cover so I was pleasantly surprised to find this beauty of a dramatic sunrise over a freshly harvested corn field.

 

I didn't go out this morning expecting much of a sunrise due to the cloud cover so I was pleasantly surprised to find this beauty of a dramatic sunrise over a freshly harvested corn field.

 

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Nashville Warbler Blending in with the Goldenrod https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/nashville-warbler-blending-in-with-the-goldenrod Nashville Warbler Blending in with the GoldenrodNashville Warbler Blending in with the GoldenrodIt is amazing how many times we walk by these little warblers and don't know they are even there until they fly off. This Nashville Warbler blends in quite effectively among the blooming goldenrod.

 

It is amazing how many times we walk by these little warblers and don't know they are even there until they fly off. This Nashville Warbler blends in quite effectively among the blooming goldenrod.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon eos evergreen f/5.6l fall goldenrod lake migration nashville nature r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/nashville-warbler-blending-in-with-the-goldenrod Sun, 10 Oct 2021 03:32:50 GMT
Yellow-rumped Warbler Eating Dinner https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/yellow-rumped-warbler-eating-dinner Yellow-rumped Warbler Eating DinnerYellow-rumped Warbler Eating DinnerYellow-rumped Warbler enjoying an evening snack of poison ivy berries.

Yellow-rumped Warbler on the AttackYellow-rumped Warbler on the AttackThis yellow-rumped warbler darted from the tree to grab a small insect mid-air.

Yellow-rumped Warbler enjoying an evening snack of poison ivy berries.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm berries bird canon central dawson eos f/5.6l illinois lake moraine nature park r state view warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellow-rumped https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/yellow-rumped-warbler-eating-dinner Fri, 08 Oct 2021 23:39:41 GMT
Ruby-crowned Kinglet https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/ruby-crowned-kinglet Ruby-crowned KingletRuby-crowned KingletThese little Kinglets are fast. This Ruby-crowned Kinglet was cute as he would hang from the side of branches like this. Look how small their little legs are.

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These little Kinglets are fast. This Ruby-crowned Kinglet was cute as he would hang from the side of branches like this. Look how small their little legs are.

 

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Fall Goldfinch on some Spent Thistle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/fall-goldfinch-on-some-spent-thistle Fall Goldfinch on some Spent ThistleFall Goldfinch on some Spent ThistleThis American Goldfinch found a little perch on a thistle plant.

 

This American Goldfinch found a little perch on a thistle plant.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm autumn bird canon central county eos f/5.6l fall illinois mclean moraine nature park r state view wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/fall-goldfinch-on-some-spent-thistle Wed, 06 Oct 2021 22:18:23 GMT
Northern Flicker Pose https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/northern-flicker-pose Northern Flicker PoseNorthern Flicker PoseA Northern Flicker in warm evening light is a view to behold!

 

A Northern Flicker in warm evening light is a view to behold!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon county dawson eos f/5.6l flicker illinois lake mclean moraine nature northern park r state view wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/northern-flicker-pose Wed, 06 Oct 2021 00:01:41 GMT
Northern Flicker's Flashy Colors https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/northern-flickers-flashy-colors Northern Flicker's Flashy ColorsNorthern Flicker's Flashy ColorsI absolutely love catching a norther flicker with its wings spread in good light. They have such brilliant colors.

 

I absolutely love catching a norther flicker with its wings spread in good light. They have such brilliant colors.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central colors dawson eos f/5.6l flicker illinois lake moraine nature northern park r state view wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/northern-flickers-flashy-colors Tue, 05 Oct 2021 21:57:10 GMT
Osprey Eye Contact https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/osprey-eye-contact Osprey Eye ContactOsprey Eye ContactI captured this quick glance as the Osprey flew by at Lake Bloomington. I have always loved the Osprey.

 

I captured this quick glance as the Osprey flew by at Lake Bloomington. I have always loved the Osprey.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r contact eye illinois mclean county migration nature osprey wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/osprey-eye-contact Tue, 05 Oct 2021 01:39:09 GMT
Double-crested Cormorant Swimming By https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/double-crested-cormorant-swimming-by Double-crested Cormorant Swimming ByDouble-crested Cormorant Swimming ByI got to watch this double-crested cormorant swim quite close to the shore while hiking at Lake Evergreen. I was on one of the trails that hugs the lake but is divided by a row of trees and bushes. I sat still when I saw it coming and it never spotted me...normally it would have taken off if it saw me. I was able to find an opening to take this beautifully, sunlit photo.

 

I got to watch this double-crested cormorant swim quite close to the shore while hiking at Lake Evergreen. I was on one of the trails that hugs the lake but is divided by a row of trees and bushes. I sat still when I saw it coming and it never spotted me...normally it would have taken off if it saw me. I was able to find an opening to take this beautifully, sunlit photo.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon cormorant county double-crested eos evergreen f/5.6l lake mclean nature r waterfowl wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/double-crested-cormorant-swimming-by Mon, 04 Oct 2021 22:36:46 GMT
Lake Bloomington Osprey with a Fish https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/lake-bloomington-osprey-with-a-fish Lake Bloomington Osprey with a FishLake Bloomington Osprey with a FishAs I was driving around Lake Bloomington, I noticed the Osprey was out circling over the lake. By the time I got to the Dam I noticed that it might be zeroing in on a fish. I parked the car and quickly got into position. I noticed it dove a couple of different times and finally caught a fish but it was to far out to get usable photos, but I was thankful that it flew over the dam to find a place to eat its fresh fish so I could get some images. Usually it gets both sets of talons into the fish and flies with the fish facing forward, but you can see it missed and only had it by one set of talons.

 

As I was driving around Lake Bloomington, I noticed the Osprey was out circling over the lake. By the time I got to the Dam I noticed that it might be zeroing in on a fish. I parked the car and quickly got into position. I noticed it dove a couple of different times and finally caught a fish but it was to far out to get usable photos, but I was thankful that it flew over the dam to find a place to eat its fresh fish so I could get some images. Usually it gets both sets of talons into the fish and flies with the fish facing forward, but you can see it missed and only had it by one set of talons.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird bloomington canon county eos f/5.6l fish fishing illinois lake mclean nature of osprey prey r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/lake-bloomington-osprey-with-a-fish Sun, 03 Oct 2021 23:12:41 GMT
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Posing https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/yellow-bellied-sapsucker-posing Yellow-bellied Sapsucker PosingYellow-bellied Sapsucker PosingA nice closeup of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Posing for me.

 

A nice closeup of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Posing for me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r dawson lake mclean county migration nature sapsucker wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellow-bellied https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/yellow-bellied-sapsucker-posing Sun, 03 Oct 2021 21:05:23 GMT
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Takeoff https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/yellow-bellied-sapsucker-takeoff Yellow-bellied Sapsucker TakeoffYellow-bellied Sapsucker TakeoffSeeing a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a bare pole so I could get a nice look with no limbs blocking my way was nice but getting one taking off as well was a total bonus.

 

Seeing a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a bare pole so I could get a nice look with no limbs blocking my way was nice but getting one taking off as well was a total bonus.

 

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White-breasted Nuthatch in Autumn https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/white-breasted-nuthatch-in-autumn White-breasted Nuthatch in AutumnWhite-breasted Nuthatch in AutumnI had just finished hiking one of the trails out at Dawson Lake and was getting ready to leave. As I was closing the car door, I saw this little nuthatch pop out on the tree. I quickly rolled down the window, adjusted my settings, and snapped this image. It is probably my favorite from the day.

 

I had just finished hiking one of the trails out at Dawson Lake and was getting ready to leave. As I was closing the car door, I saw this little nuthatch pop out on the tree. I quickly rolled down the window, adjusted my settings, and snapped this image. It is probably my favorite from the day.

 

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Golden-winged Warbler in the Fall https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/golden-winged-warbler-in-the-fall Golden-winged Warbler in the FallGolden-winged Warbler in the FallThis brilliant Golden-winged Warbler almost got by me without me getting an image. It is always nice to see one so vibrant in the Fall. This was taken at Moraine View State Park in McLean County, Illinois.

 

This brilliant Golden-winged Warbler almost got by me without me getting an image. It is always nice to see one so vibrant in the Fall. This was taken at Moraine View State Park in McLean County, Illinois.

 

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Common Yellowthroat Basking in the Sun https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/common-yellowthroat-basking-in-the-sun Common Yellowthroat Basking in the SunCommon Yellowthroat Basking in the SunI wonder why they call them yellowthroats? HA! This little guy was soaking up the morning sun. This was taken out by Lake Bloomington.

 

I wonder why they call them yellowthroats? HA! This little guy was soaking up the morning sun. This was taken out by Lake Bloomington.

 

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Black and White Warbler in Action https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/black-and-white-warbler-in-action Black and White Warbler in ActionBlack and White Warbler in ActionAction shot of a black and white warbler reaching for a bug that has no idea what is about to happen.

 

Action shot of a black and white warbler reaching for a bug that has no idea what is about to happen.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action and bird black canon county eos evergreen f/5.6l illinois insect lake mclean migration nature r warbler white wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/black-and-white-warbler-in-action Fri, 01 Oct 2021 21:07:24 GMT
Chestnut-sided Warbler with a Moth https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/chestnut-sided-warbler-with-a-moth Chestnut-sided Warbler with a MothChestnut-sided Warbler with a MothSometimes I get lucky when I catch a warbler with an insect but I feel very blessed when I get bird, insect, and studio quality backdrop all in one image.

 

Sometimes I get lucky with when I catch a warbler with an insect but I feel very blessed when I get bird, insect, and studio quality backdrop all in one image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon chestnut-sided color eos ewing f/5.6l fall insect migration nature park r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/chestnut-sided-warbler-with-a-moth Fri, 01 Oct 2021 02:23:01 GMT
Black-throated Green Warbler Approaching a White Oak Tree https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-throated-green-warbler-approaching-a-white-oak-tree Black-throated Green Warbler Approaching a White Oak TreeBlack-throated Green Warbler Approaching a White Oak TreeThis black-throated green warbler would hop from branch to branch in this white oak tree, but when it did, it would hover for a moment. I picked up on this pattern and pre-focused where I thought it would go next and was rewarded with this in-flight image.

 

This black-throated green warbler would hop from branch to branch in this white oak tree, but when it did, it would hover for a moment. I picked up on this pattern and pre-focused where I thought it would go next and was rewarded with this in-flight image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action bird bird-in-flight black-throated bloomington canon county eos f/5.6l green illinois lake mclean nature r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-throated-green-warbler-approaching-a-white-oak-tree Tue, 28 Sep 2021 20:45:03 GMT
Red-tailed Hawk Flyby https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/red-tailed-hawk-flyby Red-tailed Hawk FlybyRed-tailed Hawk FlybyI had this great look of a red-tailed hawk as it flew by. The shot wasn't easy to get with the back light and how fast the hawk flew by.

 

I had this great look of a red-tailed hawk as it flew by. The shot wasn't easy to get with the back light and how fast the hawk flew by.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird bloomington canon central county eos f/5.6l flight hawk illinois in lake mclean nature r red-tailed wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/red-tailed-hawk-flyby Tue, 28 Sep 2021 01:06:18 GMT
Great Blue Heron at Centennial Park in Heyworth Illinois-3 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/great-blue-heron-at-centennial-park-in-heyworth-illinois-3 Great Blue Heron at Centennial Park in Heyworth Illinois-3Great Blue Heron at Centennial Park in Heyworth Illinois-3Great Blue Heron at Centennial Park in Heyworth, Illinois.

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Great Blue Heron at Centennial Park in Heyworth, Illinois.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird blue canon centennial county eos f/5.6l great heron heyworth illinois mclean nature park r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/great-blue-heron-at-centennial-park-in-heyworth-illinois-3 Sun, 26 Sep 2021 19:34:14 GMT
Hummingbird Finds a Web-2 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/hummingbird-finds-a-web-2 Hummingbird Finds a Web-2Hummingbird Finds a Web-2This series of ruby-throated hummingbird images was one of the coolest hummingbird experiences I've been able to observe. I was sitting low along a very shaded creek waiting for a few warblers, when this hummingbird hovered about 5 feed above the water at my eye level about 6 feet away from me. I couldn't tell what it was doing until I saw the very small web in front of it. I watched this little hummingbird pick bugs from the web for several minutes. I'm thankful I was able to get images of the event in such low light conditions.

Hummingbird Finds a Web-5Hummingbird Finds a Web-5This series of ruby-throated hummingbird images was one of the coolest hummingbird experiences I've been able to observe. I was sitting low along a very shaded creek waiting for a few warblers, when this hummingbird hovered about 5 feed above the water at my eye level about 6 feet away from me. I couldn't tell what it was doing until I saw the very small web in front of it. I watched this little hummingbird pick bugs from the web for several minutes. I'm thankful I was able to get images of the event in such low light conditions. Hummingbird Finds a Web-4Hummingbird Finds a Web-4This series of ruby-throated hummingbird images was one of the coolest hummingbird experiences I've been able to observe. I was sitting low along a very shaded creek waiting for a few warblers, when this hummingbird hovered about 5 feed above the water at my eye level about 6 feet away from me. I couldn't tell what it was doing until I saw the very small web in front of it. I watched this little hummingbird pick bugs from the web for several minutes. I'm thankful I was able to get images of the event in such low light conditions. Hummingbird Finds a WebHummingbird Finds a WebThis series of ruby-throated hummingbird images was one of the coolest hummingbird experiences I've been able to observe. I was sitting low along a very shaded creek waiting for a few warblers, when this hummingbird hovered about 5 feed above the water at my eye level about 6 feet away from me. I couldn't tell what it was doing until I saw the very small web in front of it. I watched this little hummingbird pick bugs from the web for several minutes. I'm thankful I was able to get images of the event in such low light conditions. Hummingbird Finds a Web-3Hummingbird Finds a Web-3This series of ruby-throated hummingbird images was one of the coolest hummingbird experiences I've been able to observe. I was sitting low along a very shaded creek waiting for a few warblers, when this hummingbird hovered about 5 feed above the water at my eye level about 6 feet away from me. I couldn't tell what it was doing until I saw the very small web in front of it. I watched this little hummingbird pick bugs from the web for several minutes. I'm thankful I was able to get images of the event in such low light conditions.

This series of ruby-throated hummingbird images was one of the coolest hummingbird experiences I've been able to observe. I was sitting low along a very shaded creek waiting for a few warblers, when this hummingbird hovered about 5 feed above the water at my eye level about 6 feet away from me. I couldn't tell what it was doing until I saw the very small web in front of it. I watched this little hummingbird pick bugs from the web for several minutes. I'm thankful I was able to get images of the event in such low light conditions.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon county eos ewing f5.6l hummingbird illinois light low mclean nature park r web wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/hummingbird-finds-a-web-2 Sun, 26 Sep 2021 16:52:29 GMT
Bay-breasted Warbler Hunting an Ant https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/bay-breasted-warbler-hunting-an-ant Bay-breasted Warbler Hunting an AntBay-breasted Warbler Hunting an AntThis ant had no idea what was about to hit it. The bay-breasted warbler was looking under every leaf in its path. I would like to say no ant was harmed in the making of this photo, but I can't. The bay-breasted warbler was successful.

 

This ant had no idea what was about to hit it. The bay-breasted warbler was looking under every leaf in its path. I would like to say no ant was harmed in the making of this photo, but I can't. The bay-breasted warbler was successful.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm ant bay-breasted bird canon county eos f/5.6l insect mclean migration nature r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/bay-breasted-warbler-hunting-an-ant Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:52:36 GMT
Magnolia Warbler-3 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/magnolia-warbler-3 Magnolia Warbler-3Magnolia Warbler-3The, always beautiful, magnolia warbler.

 

The, always beautiful, magnolia warbler.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon county eos f/5.6l il magnolia mclean migration nature r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/magnolia-warbler-3 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 01:59:45 GMT
Fall Palm Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/fall-palm-warbler Fall Palm WarblerFall Palm WarblerI was pleasantly surprised to see some palm warblers flying back and forth from the corn field to the trees along a rural McLean County country road. I pulled over and watched them for awhile. I managed a few photos form the car window.

Fall Palm Warbler-2Fall Palm Warbler-2I was pleasantly surprised to see some palm warblers flying back and forth from the corn field to the trees along a rural McLean County country road. I pulled over and watched them for awhile. I managed a few photos form the car window.

I was pleasantly surprised to see some palm warblers flying back and forth from the corn field to the trees along a rural McLean County country road. I pulled over and watched them for awhile. I managed a few photos form the car window.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r fall illinois mclean county migration nature palm warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/fall-palm-warbler Thu, 23 Sep 2021 02:26:23 GMT
Beautifully Backlit Great Egret https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/beautifully-backlit-great-egret Beautifully Backlit Great EgretBeautifully Backlit Great EgretThe sun was heavily back-lighting this beautiful Great Egret making it difficult to get a good exposure, but I do love the rim lighting it gave. The lighting gave the bird some definition and separation from the bright sun-reflected water behind. The Great Egret had just dipped its beak into the water for a quick drink.

 

The sun was heavily back-lighting this beautiful Great Egret making it difficult to get a good exposure, but I do love the rim lighting it gave. The lighting gave the bird some definition and separation from the bright sun-reflected water behind. The Great Egret had just dipped its beak into the water for a quick drink.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county egret eos evergreen f/5.6l great illinois lake mclean nature r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/beautifully-backlit-great-egret Wed, 22 Sep 2021 04:28:06 GMT
Great Egret with a Fresh Catch https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/great-egret-with-a-fresh-catch Great Egret with a Fresh CatchGreat Egret with a Fresh CatchI had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful Great Egret at Lake Evergreen a couple of days ago (9/18) as it was fishing. It was fascinating watching it creep up on fish with its long neck stretched to the max and striking down and fast into the water. While violent, it was extremely beautiful and graceful to observe.

 

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful Great Egret at Lake Evergreen a couple of days ago (9/18) as it was fishing. It was fascinating watching it creep up on fish with its long neck stretched to the max and striking down and fast into the water. While violent, it was extremely beautiful and graceful to observe.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central county egret eos evergreen f/5.6l fall fish fishing great illinois lake mclean nature r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/great-egret-with-a-fresh-catch Tue, 21 Sep 2021 03:58:16 GMT
Black-throated Green Warbler on the Attack https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-throated-green-warbler-on-the-attack Black-throated Green Warbler on the WatchBlack-throated Green Warbler on the WatchA Black-throated Green Warbler on the lookout for an insect. The next image shows it on the pursuit. Black-throated Green Warbler on the AttackBlack-throated Green Warbler on the AttackThe Black-throated Green Warbler wasted no time going after this unsuspecting insect that invaded its airspace.

 

The Black-throated Green Warbler wasted no time going after this unsuspecting insect that invaded its airspace.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) black-throated canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r green illinois lake bloomington lake evergreen mclean county migration nature rural warbler www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-throated-green-warbler-on-the-attack Mon, 20 Sep 2021 02:17:04 GMT
Late Summer Sunrise in Illinois https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/late-summer-sunrise-in-illinois Late Summer Sunrise in IllinoisLate Summer Sunrise in IllinoisThis morning's sunrise was as beautiful as ever with a striking dramatic sky. Love when the clouds reflect that fiery orange. The bean field in the foreground helped to reflect that same warmth and I got lucky to have a few birds fly into the scene. It was such a beautiful day today.

 

This morning's sunrise was as beautiful as ever with a striking dramatic sky. Love when the clouds reflect that fiery orange. The bean field in the foreground helped to reflect that same warmth and I got lucky to have a few birds fly into the scene. It was such a beautiful day today.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) barn beans canon corn county cows eos illinois landscape mclean nature r rural sunrise www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/late-summer-sunrise-in-illinois Sun, 19 Sep 2021 03:28:07 GMT
Eastern Wood-Pewee-5 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/eastern-wood-pewee-5 Eastern Wood-Pewee-5Eastern Wood-Pewee-5I really enjoyed a 20 minute log photo session with this Eastern Wood-Pewee at Ewing park on 9/13/21. It has a perfect little perch and would dart off for insects and right back to the perch. I love watching flycatchers do this and it makes for getting some nice images. The other challenge was trying to get a high enough shutter speed to capture the movement in dark shade. I had to shoot at 6400 ISO just to get my shutter speed to 1/1600.

Eastern Wood-Pewee-4Eastern Wood-Pewee-4I really enjoyed a 20 minute log photo session with this Eastern Wood-Pewee at Ewing park on 9/13/21. It has a perfect little perch and would dart off for insects and right back to the perch. I love watching flycatchers do this and it makes for getting some nice images. The other challenge was trying to get a high enough shutter speed to capture the movement in dark shade. I had to shoot at 6400 ISO just to get my shutter speed to 1/1600. Eastern Wood-Pewee-3Eastern Wood-Pewee-3I really enjoyed a 20 minute log photo session with this Eastern Wood-Pewee at Ewing park on 9/13/21. It has a perfect little perch and would dart off for insects and right back to the perch. I love watching flycatchers do this and it makes for getting some nice images. The other challenge was trying to get a high enough shutter speed to capture the movement in dark shade. I had to shoot at 6400 ISO just to get my shutter speed to 1/1600. Eastern Wood-Pewee-2Eastern Wood-Pewee-2I really enjoyed a 20 minute log photo session with this Eastern Wood-Pewee at Ewing park on 9/13/21. It has a perfect little perch and would dart off for insects and right back to the perch. I love watching flycatchers do this and it makes for getting some nice images. The other challenge was trying to get a high enough shutter speed to capture the movement in dark shade. I had to shoot at 6400 ISO just to get my shutter speed to 1/1600. Eastern Wood-PeweeEastern Wood-PeweeI really enjoyed a 20 minute log photo session with this Eastern Wood-Pewee at Ewing park on 9/13/21. It has a perfect little perch and would dart off for insects and right back to the perch. I love watching flycatchers do this and it makes for getting some nice images. The other challenge was trying to get a high enough shutter speed to capture the movement in dark shade. I had to shoot at 6400 ISO just to get my shutter speed to 1/1600.

I really enjoyed a 20 minute log photo session with this Eastern Wood-Pewee at Ewing park on 9/13/21. It has a perfect little perch and would dart off for insects and right back to the perch. I love watching flycatchers do this and it makes for getting some nice images. The other challenge was trying to get a high enough shutter speed to capture the movement in dark shade. I had to shoot at 6400 ISO just to get my shutter speed to 1/1600.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm 6400 bird bloomington canon county eastern eos ewing f/5.6 high illinois iso light low mclean nature park r wildlife wood-pewee https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/eastern-wood-pewee-5 Sat, 18 Sep 2021 02:07:54 GMT
Small but Beautiful-6 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/small-but-beautiful-6 Small but Beautiful-6Small but Beautiful-6It is important to stop and enjoy the beauty in the small things in nature while out birding. There is always so much life happening right in front of us if we take a minute to look. Enjoy these macro images.

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It is important to stop and enjoy the beauty in the small things in nature while out birding. There is always so much life happening right in front of us if we take a minute to look. Enjoy these macro images.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county eos f/5.6l macro mclean nature r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/small-but-beautiful-6 Fri, 17 Sep 2021 20:55:58 GMT
Black-throated Green Warbler Posing https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-throated-green-warbler-posing Black-throated Green Warbler PosingBlack-throated Green Warbler PosingIts always nice when you know a little warbler is moving among the leaves and you prefocus on a spot just hoping and waiting it will show itself. This little Black-throated Green Warbler did just that.

 

Its always nice when you know a little warbler is moving among the leaves and you prefocus on a spot just hoping and waiting it will show itself. This little Black-throated Green Warbler did just that.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) black-throated green warbler canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r central illinois mclean county migration nature wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-throated-green-warbler-posing Fri, 17 Sep 2021 01:30:37 GMT
Blackburnian Warbler Wings Up https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/blackburnian-warbler-wings-up Blackburnian Warbler Wings UpBlackburnian Warbler Wings UpI caught this blackburnian warbler just as it landed on this limb showing off the beautiful colors and markings on its side. The colors contrast nicely against the white sky background.

 

I caught this blackburnian warbler just as it landed on this limb showing off the beautiful colors and markings on its side. The colors contrast nicely against the white sky background.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird blackburnian canon centennial colors county eos f/5.6l heyworth illinois mclean migration nature park r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/blackburnian-warbler-wings-up Thu, 16 Sep 2021 00:15:03 GMT
Double-breasted Cormorant Panoramic https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/double-breasted-cormorant-panoramic Double-breasted Cormorant PanoramicDouble-breasted Cormorant Panoramic3 Double-breasted Cormorants in this panoramic image at sunrise.

 

3 Double-breasted Cormorants in this panoramic image at sunrise.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon cormorant county double-crested eos f/5.6l golden heyworth hour illinois mclean nature r sunrise wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/double-breasted-cormorant-panoramic Wed, 15 Sep 2021 18:50:59 GMT
Vibrant Canada Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/vibrant-canada-warbler Vibrant Canada WarblerVibrant Canada WarblerI was so excited that this little Canada Warbler popped out of the leaves to give me a good look. I usually don't get a full, unobstructed view of them as they like to stay low and undercover.

 

I was so excited that this little Canada Warbler popped out of the leaves to give me a good look. I usually don't get a full, unobstructed view of them as they like to stay low and undercover.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird bloomington canada canon county eos ewing f/5.6l illinois mclean migration nature park r vibrant warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/vibrant-canada-warbler Wed, 15 Sep 2021 01:26:25 GMT
Beautiful Doe Along the Kickapoo Creek https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/beautiful-doe-along-the-kickapoo-creek Beautiful Doe Along the Kickapoo CreekBeautiful Doe Along the Kickapoo CreekI was looking for warblers high up in the trees so intently that I almost missed this beautiful doe watching me through the trees. It was on the other side of the Kickapoo Creek and stood there for a long while observing my every move.

 

I was looking for warblers high up in the trees so intently that I almost missed this beautiful doe watching me through the trees. It was on the other side of the Kickapoo Creek and stood there for a long while observing my every move.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central county deer doe eos f/5.6l golden hour illinois landscape mammal mclean nature r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/beautiful-doe-along-the-kickapoo-creek Tue, 14 Sep 2021 20:17:26 GMT
Double-crested Cormorant at Sunrise https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/double-crested-cormorant-at-sunrise Double-crested Cormorant at SunriseDouble-crested Cormorant at SunriseA Double-crested Cormorant enjoying a beautiful sunrise at Heyworth Centennial Park in Central, Illinois.

 

A Double-crested Cormorant enjoying a beautiful sunrise at Heyworth Centennial Park in Central, Illinois.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon centennial cormorant double-crested eos f/5.6l golden heyworth hour illinois nature park r sunrise wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/double-crested-cormorant-at-sunrise Tue, 14 Sep 2021 02:19:37 GMT
Snacking Squirrel at Ewing Park https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/snacking-squirrel-at-ewing-park Snacking Squirrel at Ewing ParkSnacking Squirrel at Ewing ParkThis squirrel was so cute as it was eating its snack in the tree, quite loudly I might add. I could help but smile as I saw its little eyes peaking over the tree limbs.
I'm impressed with the ISO capabilities of these modern cameras. This series of squirrel images were taken at ISO 5000 and 8000. As long as I get my exposure right, the images are completely usable at high ISOs. That combined with good noise reduction and processing, the images turn out beautifully.

Snacking Squirrel at Ewing Park-2Snacking Squirrel at Ewing Park-2I'm impressed with the ISO capabilities of these modern cameras. This series of squirrel images were taken at ISO 5000 and 8000. As long as I get my exposure right, the images are completely usable at high ISOs. That combined with good noise reduction and processing, the images turn out beautifully. Snacking Squirrel at Ewing Park-3Snacking Squirrel at Ewing Park-3I'm impressed with the ISO capabilities of these modern cameras. This series of squirrel images were taken at ISO 5000 and 8000. As long as I get my exposure right, the images are completely usable at high ISOs. That combined with good noise reduction and processing, the images turn out beautifully.

This squirrel was so cute as it was eating its snack in the tree, quite loudly I might add. I could help but smile as I saw its little eyes peaking over the tree limbs.
I'm impressed with the ISO capabilities of these modern cameras. This series of squirrel images were taken at ISO 5000 and 8000. As long as I get my exposure right, the images are completely usable at high ISOs. That combined with good noise reduction and processing, the images turn out beautifully.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central county eos ewing f/5.6l high illinois iso light low mclean nature park r squirrel wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/snacking-squirrel-at-ewing-park Mon, 13 Sep 2021 01:57:35 GMT
Black-and-white Warbler at Ewing Park-2 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-and-white-warbler-at-ewing-park-2 Black-and-white Warbler at Ewing Park-2Black-and-white Warbler at Ewing Park-2The black-and-white warbler doesn't get always get a much attention as the more colorful warblers, I really do love their markings. They are also fun to watch as they work the trunks of trees like a woodpecker or a nuthatch.

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The black-and-white warbler doesn't get always get a much attention as the more colorful warblers, I really do love their markings. They are also fun to watch as they work the trunks of trees like a woodpecker or a nuthatch.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird black-and-white canon county eos ewing f/5.6l il mclean migration nature park r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-and-white-warbler-at-ewing-park-2 Mon, 13 Sep 2021 00:40:01 GMT
Black-throated Blue Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-throated-blue-warbler Black-throated Blue WarblerBlack-throated Blue WarblerI was so very excited to see this warbler this morning at Heyworth Centennial Park. This black-throated blue warbler was deep in some thick honeysuckle bushes eating the berries. I wish I could have gotten a better image, but I'll take this for now as it is a lifer bird for me. I can now focus on getting a better image next time. I just love the markings on this bird.

 

I was so very excited to see this warbler this morning at Heyworth Centennial Park. This black-throated blue warbler was deep in some thick honeysuckle bushes eating the berries. I wish I could have gotten a better image, but I'll take this for now as it is a lifer bird for me. I can now focus on getting a better image next time. I just love the markings on this bird.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird black-throated blue canon centennial county eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean migration nature park r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-throated-blue-warbler Sat, 11 Sep 2021 20:06:00 GMT
Golden-winged in Golden Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/golden-winged-in-golden-light Golden-winged in Golden LightGolden-winged in Golden LightThis beautiful golden-winged warbler gave a very nice pose looking into the light.

 

This beautiful golden-winged warbler gave a very nice pose looking into the light.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central colors county eos ewing f/5.6l golden-winged illinois light mclean migration nature park pose r warbler warm wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/golden-winged-in-golden-light Fri, 10 Sep 2021 02:01:53 GMT
Red-eyed Vireo Profile https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/red-eyed-vireo-profile Red-eyed Vireo ProfileRed-eyed Vireo ProfileI love when the light hits the eyes just right showing off the beautiful red eyes of these vireos.

 

I love when the light hits the eyes just right showing off the beautiful red eyes of these vireos.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county eos ewing f/5.6l illinois mclean migration nature park r red-eyed vireo wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/red-eyed-vireo-profile Thu, 09 Sep 2021 22:10:36 GMT
A Nashville and Tennessee Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/tennessee-warbler Nashville WarblerNashville WarblerSweet little Nashville Warbler...I saw this bird the same day I found a Tennessee Warbler. Jackpot! Tennessee WarblerTennessee WarblerSweet little Tennessee Warbler...I saw this bird the same day I found a Nashville Warbler. Yes!

 

Sweet little Tennessee Warbler...I saw this bird the same day I found a Nashville Warbler. Yes!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon eos ewing f/5.6l nature park r tennessee warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/tennessee-warbler Thu, 09 Sep 2021 02:00:35 GMT
Black-throated Green Warbler Browsing the Web https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-throated-green-warbler-browsing-the-web Black-throated Green Warbler Browsing the WebBlack-throated Green Warbler Browsing the WebI saw more little warblers and even a hummingbird looking at spider webs for insects in could steal. They were browsing the web.

Inquisitive Black-throated Green WarblerInquisitive Black-throated Green WarblerSometimes I think I'm being pretty sneaky as I photograph birds, but every now and then they turn and look directly at the camera and tilt their head in a very curious way. Obviously I'm not as sneaky as I though. Black-throated Green WarblerBlack-throated Green WarblerThis black-throated green warbler popped its pretty, yellow head out of the shadows for me to get this quick photo. Black-throated Green Warbler ProfileBlack-throated Green Warbler ProfileI was thankful this black-throated green warbler looked into the light for me...very cooperative little bird.

 

I saw more little warblers and even a hummingbird looking at spider webs for insects in could steal. They were browsing the web.  Enjoy this series of images of a black-throated green warbler taken this week at Ewing Park.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bird black-throated green warbler canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r ewing park fall 2021 mclean county migration nature warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/black-throated-green-warbler-browsing-the-web Wed, 08 Sep 2021 01:12:37 GMT
Golden-winged Warbler Attacking an Insect https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/golden-winged-warbler-attacking-an-insect Golden-winged Warbler Attacking an InsectGolden-winged Warbler Attacking an InsectI had a fun time watching this golden-winged warbler checking all of the dead leaves of this tree looking for breakfast. Then, while checking the dead leaves seen in this image, a bug flew out and the little warbler sprung into action to catch it. You can see it just in front of the golden winged warbler's beak. While a shot like this requires correct settings, good light, and anticipation, getting the image requires a lot of luck.

 

I had a fun time watching this golden winged warbler checking all of the dead leaves of this tree looking for breakfast. Then, while checking the dead leaves seen in this image, a bug flew out and the little warbler sprung into action to catch it. You can see it just in front of the golden winged warbler's beak. While a shot like this requires correct settings, good light, and anticipation, getting the image requires a lot of luck.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action bird canon central county eos f/5.6l golden illinois in-flight mclean migration nature r warbler wildlife winged www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/golden-winged-warbler-attacking-an-insect Mon, 06 Sep 2021 21:38:45 GMT
Mourning Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/mourning-warbler Mourning WarblerMourning WarblerI was very excited to find this mourning warbler this morning on a very nice and cool day. With the crisp 59 degree in the mornings, these little warblers will be traveling through more and more as Fall approaches. This mourning warbler was a nice little start to my season.

 

I was very excited to find this mourning warbler this morning on a very nice and cool day. With the crisp 59 degree in the mornings, these little warblers will be traveling through more and more as Fall approaches. This mourning warbler was a nice little start to my season.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central colors county eos ewing f/5.6l illinois mclean migration mourning nature park r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/mourning-warbler Mon, 06 Sep 2021 04:24:41 GMT
Killdeer https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/killdeer KilldeerKilldeerKilldeer were very active in the flooded fields I was photographing around Bloomington/Normal. While this large plover is common around here, they are beautiful birds and a fun bird to photograph in flight.

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Killdeer were very active in the flooded fields I was photographing around Bloomington/Normal. While this large plover is common around here, they are beautiful birds and a fun bird to photograph in flight.  To see more images of these birds, check out the album.  https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/killdeer

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon eos f/5.6l killdeer nature r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/killdeer Sat, 04 Sep 2021 18:46:45 GMT
American Redstart -2 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/american-redstart--2 American Redstart -2American Redstart -2I'm seeing a bunch of American Redstarts lately, which means more and more warblers should be migrating through now. Here is a series from this today at Ewing.

American Redstart -6American Redstart -6I'm seeing a bunch of American Redstarts lately, which means more and more warblers should be migrating through now. Here is a series from this today at Ewing. American Redstart -5American Redstart -5I'm seeing a bunch of American Redstarts lately, which means more and more warblers should be migrating through now. Here is a series from this today at Ewing. American Redstart -4American Redstart -4I'm seeing a bunch of American Redstarts lately, which means more and more warblers should be migrating through now. Here is a series from this today at Ewing. American RedstartAmerican RedstartI'm seeing a bunch of American Redstarts lately, which means more and more warblers should be migrating through now. Here is a series from this today at Ewing. American Redstart -3American Redstart -3I'm seeing a bunch of American Redstarts lately, which means more and more warblers should be migrating through now. Here is a series from this today at Ewing.

I'm seeing a bunch of American Redstarts lately, which means more and more warblers should be migrating through now. Here is a series from this today at Ewing.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american canon eos ewing f/5.6l migration nature park r redstart warblers wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/american-redstart--2 Fri, 03 Sep 2021 04:29:05 GMT
Least Sandpiper https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/least-sandpiper Least SandpiperLeast SandpiperThis little shore bird is a Least Sandpiper, I believe. It was much smaller than the other shore birds and stuck to the edges of the mud around the flooded field. There was a feather that it stepped over, which I thought was about 1 inch long and nice to show a size comparison.

 

This little shore bird is a Least Sandpiper, I believe. It was much smaller than the other shore birds and stuck to the edges of the mud around the flooded field. There was a feather that it stepped over, which I thought was about 1 inch long and nice to show a size comparison.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county eos f/5.6l illinois least mclean midwest migration nature r sandpiper wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/9/least-sandpiper Wed, 01 Sep 2021 21:18:50 GMT
Lesser Yellowlegs Looking for a Sunset Snack https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/lesser-yellowlegs-looking-for-a-sunset-snack Lesser Yellowlegs Looking for a Sunset SnackLesser Yellowlegs Looking for a Sunset SnackThe beautiful light and reflection make this image really pop. I love how the eye is reflected just above the water line and the warm light on the side of this lesser yellowlegs.

 

The beautiful light and reflection make this image really pop. I love how the eye is reflected just above the water line and the warm light on the side of this lesser yellowlegs.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central eos f/5.6l illinois lesser midwest migration nature r reflection sunset water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellowlegs https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/lesser-yellowlegs-looking-for-a-sunset-snack Wed, 01 Sep 2021 01:28:51 GMT
Solitary Sandpiper https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/solitary-sandpiper Solitary SandpiperSolitary SandpiperI managed to capture this pretty Solitary Sandpiper as it flew by low above the water. I love that it showed off those beautiful markings under the wing.

 

I managed to capture this pretty Solitary Sandpiper as it flew by low above the water. I love that it showed off those beautiful markings under the wing.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county eos f/5.6l flight illinois in mclean nature r sandpiper solitary water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/solitary-sandpiper Tue, 31 Aug 2021 23:57:40 GMT
Wilson's Phalarope https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/wilsons-phalarope Wilson's PhalaropeWilson's PhalaropeI believe this is a Wilson's Phalarope. It was fascinating watching them swim in circles (there were 2 of them). I didn't know what they were doing so I did a little google search to find out that they were stirring up small invertebrates to eat. Once again, birds are amazing! I went with a simple black and white edit to show off this elegant looking shore birds.

Wilson's Phalarope-4Wilson's Phalarope-4I believe this is a Wilson's Phalarope. It was fascinating watching them swim in circles (there were 2 of them). I didn't know what they were doing so I did a little google search to find out that they were stirring up small invertebrates to eat. Once again, birds are amazing! I went with a simple black and white edit to show off this elegant looking shore birds. Wilson's Phalarope-3Wilson's Phalarope-3I believe this is a Wilson's Phalarope. It was fascinating watching them swim in circles (there were 2 of them). I didn't know what they were doing so I did a little google search to find out that they were stirring up small invertebrates to eat. Once again, birds are amazing! I went with a simple black and white edit to show off this elegant looking shore birds. Wilson's Phalarope-5Wilson's Phalarope-5I believe this is a Wilson's Phalarope. It was fascinating watching them swim in circles (there were 2 of them). I didn't know what they were doing so I did a little google search to find out that they were stirring up small invertebrates to eat. Once again, birds are amazing! I went with a simple black and white edit to show off this elegant looking shore birds. Wilson's Phalarope-2Wilson's Phalarope-2I believe this is a Wilson's Phalarope. It was fascinating watching them swim in circles (there were 2 of them). I didn't know what they were doing so I did a little google search to find out that they were stirring up small invertebrates to eat. Once again, birds are amazing! I went with a simple black and white edit to show off this elegant looking shore birds.

I believe this is a Wilson's Phalarope. It was fascinating watching them swim in circles (there were 2 of them). I didn't know what they were doing so I did a little google search to find out that they were stirring up small invertebrates to eat. Once again, birds are amazing! I went with a simple black and white edit to show off this elegant looking shore birds.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm and b&w bird birds black canon central county eos f/5.6l illinois mclean migration nature phalarope r shore white wildlife wilson's www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/wilsons-phalarope Tue, 31 Aug 2021 01:57:01 GMT
Lesser Yellowlegs Liftoff https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/lesser-yellowlegs-liftoff Lesser Yellowlegs LiftoffLesser Yellowlegs LiftoffI was thankful to capture this moment of a lesser yellowlegs taking off from the water. It all happens so quickly and many times I'm a second too late or I miss focus, but this one turned out perfectly.

 

I was thankful to capture this moment of a lesser yellowlegs taking off from the water. It all happens so quickly and many times I'm a second too late or I miss focus, but this one turned out perfectly.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county drops eos f/5.6l flight golden hour illinois in lesser liftoff mclean nature r reflection shore water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellowlegs https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/lesser-yellowlegs-liftoff Mon, 30 Aug 2021 20:42:25 GMT
Barn Swallow in Flight in Golden Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/barn-swallow-in-flight-in-golden-light Barn Swallow in Flight in Golden LightBarn Swallow in Flight in Golden LightI so enjoyed myself while photographing these barn swallows swooping low over the water for insects among the shore birds. The light was perfect and the action was frequent. I know I missed some shots but these keepers were worth the work.

Barn Swallow in FlightBarn Swallow in FlightI so enjoyed myself while photographing these barn swallows swooping low over the water for insects among the shore birds. The light was perfect and the action was frequent. I know I missed some shots but these keepers were worth the work. Barn Swallow in FlightBarn Swallow in FlightI so enjoyed myself while photographing these barn swallows swooping low over the water for insects among the shore birds. The light was perfect and the action was frequent. I know I missed some shots but these keepers were worth the work. Barn Swallow in FlightBarn Swallow in FlightI so enjoyed myself while photographing these barn swallows swooping low over the water for insects among the shore birds. The light was perfect and the action was frequent. I know I missed some shots but these keepers were worth the work. Barn Swallow in FlightBarn Swallow in FlightI so enjoyed myself while photographing these barn swallows swooping low over the water for insects among the shore birds. The light was perfect and the action was frequent. I know I missed some shots but these keepers were worth the work. Barn Swallow in FlightBarn Swallow in FlightI so enjoyed myself while photographing these barn swallows swooping low over the water for insects among the shore birds. The light was perfect and the action was frequent. I know I missed some shots but these keepers were worth the work. Barn Swallow in FlightBarn Swallow in FlightI so enjoyed myself while photographing these barn swallows swooping low over the water for insects among the shore birds. The light was perfect and the action was frequent. I know I missed some shots but these keepers were worth the work. Barn Swallow in FlightBarn Swallow in FlightI so enjoyed myself while photographing these barn swallows swooping low over the water for insects among the shore birds. The light was perfect and the action was frequent. I know I missed some shots but these keepers were worth the work.

 

I so enjoyed myself while photographing these barn swallows swooping low over the water for insects among the shore birds. The light was perfect and the action was frequent. I know I missed some shots but these keepers were worth the work.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action barn bird canon central eos f/5.6l farm fast golden hour illinois in-flight midwest nature pond r swallows wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/barn-swallow-in-flight-in-golden-light Thu, 26 Aug 2021 01:58:13 GMT
The Next Step of a Lesser Yellowlegs https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/the-next-step-of-a-lesser-yellowlegs The Next Step of a Lesser YellowlegsThe Next Step of a Lesser YellowlegsIt is amazing watching shore birds work shallow ponds and puddles. I sat for hours watching these lesser yellowlegs moving delicately through the water so beautifully.

 

It is amazing watching shore birds work shallow ponds and puddles. I sat for hours watching these lesser yellowlegs moving delicately through the water so beautifully.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm beauty bird canon central county eos f/5.6l illinois lesser mclean nature r reflection water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellowlegs https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/the-next-step-of-a-lesser-yellowlegs Wed, 25 Aug 2021 04:09:28 GMT
Check Out those Yellowlegs https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/check-out-those-yellowlegs Check Out those YellowlegsCheck Out those YellowlegsJust a couple of Dowitchers checking out the Yellowlegs strolling by.

 

Just a couple of Dowitchers checking out the Yellowlegs strolling by.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central dowitcher eos f/5.6l fluddle illinois lesser midwest migration nature r reflection shore short-billed water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellowlegs https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/check-out-those-yellowlegs Tue, 24 Aug 2021 20:45:39 GMT
Lesser Yellowlegs Race https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/lesser-yellowlegs-race Lesser Yellowlegs RaceLesser Yellowlegs RaceA couple of lesser yellowlegs chasing each other off "their" spots.

 

A couple of lesser yellowlegs chasing each other off "their" spots.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action birds canon central eos f/5.6l fields fluddle illinois lesser midwest migration nature r reflections wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellowlegs https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/lesser-yellowlegs-race Tue, 24 Aug 2021 03:17:28 GMT
Preening Short-billed Dowitcher https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/preening-short-billed-dowitcher Preening Short-billed DowitcherPreening Short-billed DowitcherI got this pretty cool angle of the short-billed dowitcher preening itself. What great balance!

 

I got this pretty cool angle of the short-billed dowitcher preening itself. What great balance!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county dowitcher eos f/5.6l field fluddle illinois mclean migration nature r reflection rural short-billed water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/preening-short-billed-dowitcher Mon, 23 Aug 2021 20:57:30 GMT
Wading Short-billed Dowitcher https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/wading-short-billed-dowitcher Wading Short-billed DowitcherWading Short-billed DowitcherJust enjoy the beauty of this wading Short-billed Dowitcher as you end the weekend and gear up for a new week. I know it brings me peace photographing such beauty in nature.

 

Just enjoy the beauty of this wading Short-billed Dowitcher as you end the weekend and gear up for a new week. I know it brings me peace photographing such beauty in nature.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r dowitcher golden hour mclean county nature reflection short-billed wading water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/wading-short-billed-dowitcher Mon, 23 Aug 2021 03:01:47 GMT
Flock of Foraging Shore Birds in Evening Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/flock-of-foraging-shore-birds-in-evening-light Flock of Foraging Shore Birds in Evening LightFlock of Foraging Shore Birds in Evening LightThe last bit of light illuminated these beautiful shore birds as they foraged for food. I believe these are short-billed dowitchers. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. Their feathers started to almost glow golden across the water as the sun lowered. It was quite beautiful.

 

The last bit of light illuminated these beautiful shore birds as they foraged for food. I believe these are short-billed dowitchers. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. Their feathers started to almost glow golden across the water as the sun lowered. It was quite beautiful.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon central county dowitchers eos evening f/5.6l farm field golden hour illinois light mclean migration nature r shore water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/flock-of-foraging-shore-birds-in-evening-light Mon, 23 Aug 2021 02:00:42 GMT
Shore Birds on the Move https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/shore-birds-on-the-move Shore Birds on the MoveShore Birds on the MoveEvery now and then the shore birds would take flight and make a loop around the field puddle and reposition. I'm not a great at identifying all of the shore birds but in this one image you can see yellowlegs, sandpipers, and killdear. I thought this image captured the scene nicely.

 

Every now and then the shore birds would take flight and make a loop around the field puddle and reposition. I'm not a great at identifying all of the shore birds but in this one image you can see yellowlegs, sandpipers, and killdear. I thought this image captured the scene nicely.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action bird birds canon central corn county eos f/5.6l flight illinois in killdear mclean midwest migration nature r reflections sandpiper shore water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellowlegs https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/shore-birds-on-the-move Sun, 22 Aug 2021 16:33:48 GMT
Lesser Yellowleg in B&W https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/lesser-yellowleg-in-b-w Lesser Yellowlegs in B&WLesser Yellowlegs in B&WThe reflections on the standing water in this rural field were amazing last night and the light was perfect. Perfect for the numerous shore birds working the water for insects. This lesser yellowlegs posed just before he dipped his beak into the water...the reflection topped off the composition. The simplicity of the scene craved a black and white edit. I have many images to go through from this one shoot, but this was the perfect one to start with. I love the simplicity.

 

The reflections on the standing water in this rural field were amazing last night and the light was perfect. Perfect for the numerous shore birds working the water for insects. This lesser yellowleg posed just before he dipped his beak into the water...the reflection topped off the composition. The simplicity of the scene craved a black and white edit. I have many images to go through from this one shoot, but this was the perfect one to start with. I love the simplicity.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm and b&w bird black canon county eos f/5.6l lesser mclean migration nature pond r reflection rural shore summer water white wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellowleg https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/lesser-yellowleg-in-b-w Sat, 21 Aug 2021 21:03:36 GMT
Driving into the Rocky Mountains https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/driving-into-the-rocky-mountains Driving into the Rocky MountainsDriving into the Rocky MountainsI don't normally use many images shooting through car windows but I felt this one offered a pretty scene of the ride from Denver into the Rocky Mountains to the West.

 

I don't normally use many images shooting through car windows but I felt this one offered a pretty scene of the ride from Denver into the Rocky Mountains to the West.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon colorado drive eos f/4l landscape mountains nature r roads rocky travel vacation www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/driving-into-the-rocky-mountains Sat, 14 Aug 2021 20:41:18 GMT
Colorado Whitetails-8 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/colorado-whitetails-8 Colorado Whitetails-8Colorado Whitetails-8The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target.

Colorado Whitetails-4Colorado Whitetails-4The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target. Colorado Whitetails-10Colorado Whitetails-10The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target. Colorado Whitetails-7Colorado Whitetails-7The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target. Colorado Whitetails-11Colorado Whitetails-11The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target. Colorado Whitetails-9Colorado Whitetails-9The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target. Colorado WhitetailsColorado WhitetailsThe Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target. Colorado Whitetails-5Colorado Whitetails-5The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target. Colorado Whitetails-3Colorado Whitetails-3The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target. Colorado Whitetails-2Colorado Whitetails-2The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target. Colorado Whitetails-6Colorado Whitetails-6The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target.

The Whitetail Deer population is alive and well in Colorado. A doe and 2 fawns would stroll through the yard almost daily. The fawns were super cute and all would stay for a few minutes before moving into cover. One afternoon we saw a large bobcat, which I never got a photo of, but I would think these fawns could be a target.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon castle colorado deer doe eos f/5.6l family fawns nature r rock whitetail wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/colorado-whitetails-8 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 04:34:27 GMT
Rocky Mountain Beauty https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/rocky-mountain-beauty Rocky Mountain BeautyRocky Mountain BeautyThis striking view caught my eye while hiking a short trail near Breckenridge. The sun blasting through hazy clouds illuminating the mountains and this bank of purple Rocky Mountain Beardtongue was breathtaking.

 

This striking view caught my eye while hiking a short trail near Breckenridge. The sun blasting through hazy clouds illuminating the mountains and this bank of purple Rocky Mountain Beardtongue was breathtaking.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 beardtongue breckenridge canon colorado eos f/4l flowers landscape mountain nature r rays rocky www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/rocky-mountain-beauty Fri, 13 Aug 2021 01:57:44 GMT
Moody Mountain View https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/moody-mountain-view Moody Mountain ViewMoody Mountain ViewThe clouds add such a great mood to the mountain views and make for some great black and white images.

 

The clouds add such a great mood to the mountain views and make for some great black and white images.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 and b&w black breckenridge canon clouds colorado eos f/2.8l landscape lift mood mountains nature r rocky white www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/moody-mountain-view Thu, 12 Aug 2021 14:16:24 GMT
Soaring Mountain High https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/soaring-mountain-high Soaring Mountain HighSoaring Mountain HighI was lucky to get this image of this red-tailed hawk soaring into the scene as I was trying to compose an image of this mountain side and clouds. Oh to be a hawk to soar the Great Rocky Mountains...what views they must get!

 

I was lucky to get this image of this red-tailed hawk soaring into the scene as I was trying to compose an image of this mountain side and clouds. Oh to be a hawk to soar the Great Rocky Mountains...what views they must get!

 

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Breckenridge in the Clouds https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/breckenridge-in-the-clouds Breckenridge in the CloudsBreckenridge in the CloudsCheck out this view of a few of the peaks and ski slopes of Breckenridge, Colorado. The skies seemed so close that you could touch the clouds. The large mountain homes nestled in the trees and the ski slopes and ski lift to the right give a hint as to the fun that happens all winter long in these mountains.

 

Check out this view of a few of the peaks and ski slopes of Breckenridge, Colorado. The skies seemed so close that you could touch the clouds. The large mountain homes nestled in the trees and the ski slopes and ski lift to the right give a hint as to the fun that happens all winter long in these mountains.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 breckenridge canon colorado eos f/4l landscape mountains nature r ski slopes town www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/breckenridge-in-the-clouds Wed, 11 Aug 2021 02:27:37 GMT
Devil's Head in the Front Range https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/devils-head-in-the-front-range Devil's Head in the Front RangeDevil's Head in the Front RangeI hear the Devil's Head Fire Tower Lookout is a pretty amazing view and someday I'd like to check it out, but it is currently closed until December. This unmistakable range sits prominently to the west of Castle Rock and offers amazing views of the Mountains to the West. The park in the foreground is where our kids enjoyed ziplining.

 

I hear the Devil's Head Fire Tower Lookout is a pretty amazing view and someday I'd like to check it out, but it is currently closed until December. This unmistakable range sits prominently to the west of Castle Rock and offers amazing views of the Mountains to the West. The park in the foreground is where our kids enjoyed ziplining.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm and b&w black canon castle colorado devil's eos f/5.6l head landscape mountains r rock white www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/devils-head-in-the-front-range Tue, 10 Aug 2021 19:59:13 GMT
Morning in Castlewood Canyon https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/morning-in-castlewood-canyon Morning in Castlewood CanyonMorning in Castlewood CanyonCastlewood Canyon was a pretty cool state park not far from Castle Rock. The bluffs were beautiful and the plants and birds were plentiful.

 

Castlewood Canyon was a pretty cool state park not far from Castle Rock. The bluffs were beautiful and the plants and birds were plentiful.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bluffs canon canyon castle castlewood colorado colors dawn eos f/5.6l landscape morning nature r rock www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/morning-in-castlewood-canyon Tue, 10 Aug 2021 01:32:27 GMT
Black-headed Grosbeak https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/black-headed-grosbeak Black-headed GrosbeakBlack-headed GrosbeakAnother cool first time bird I photographed in Colorado last week...a female/immature Black-headed Grosbeak. I spent weeks taking photos of a blue grosbeak in Central Illinois, so it was cool having this guy show in the backyard of where we stayed in Castle Rock, Co.

 

Another cool first time bird I photographed in Colorado last week...a female/immature Black-headed Grosbeak. I spent weeks taking photos of a blue grosbeak in Central Illinois, so it was cool having this guy show in the backyard of where we stayed in Castle Rock, Co.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird black-headed canon castle colorado eos f/5.6l grosbeak nature r rock summer wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/black-headed-grosbeak Mon, 09 Aug 2021 17:51:58 GMT
Broad-tailed Hummingbird-5 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/broad-tailed-hummingbird-5 Broad-tailed Hummingbird-10Broad-tailed Hummingbird-10I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-7Broad-tailed Hummingbird-7I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-8Broad-tailed Hummingbird-8I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-9Broad-tailed Hummingbird-9I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-11Broad-tailed Hummingbird-11I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-14Broad-tailed Hummingbird-14I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-15Broad-tailed Hummingbird-15I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-13Broad-tailed Hummingbird-13I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Rufous Hummingbird-2Rufous Hummingbird-2I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-12Broad-tailed Hummingbird-12I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Rufous Hummingbird-3Rufous Hummingbird-3I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Rufous HummingbirdRufous HummingbirdI really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Rufous Hummingbird-4Rufous Hummingbird-4I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Calliope Hummingbird-2Calliope Hummingbird-2I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Calliope HummingbirdCalliope HummingbirdI really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-6Broad-tailed Hummingbird-6I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-2Broad-tailed Hummingbird-2I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-3Broad-tailed Hummingbird-3I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-4Broad-tailed Hummingbird-4I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed HummingbirdBroad-tailed HummingbirdI really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds. Broad-tailed Hummingbird-5Broad-tailed Hummingbird-5I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds.

 

I really enjoyed photographing 3 types of hummingbirds in Castle Rock, Colorado. All 3 were new to me...the Broad-tailed hummingbird, the Rufous hummingbird, and then a few of the magnificent Calliope hummingbirds.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon castle colorado eos f/5.6l hummingbird nature r rock wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/broad-tailed-hummingbird-5 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 05:29:34 GMT
Castle Rock, Colorado https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/castle-rock-colorado Castle Rock, ColoradoCastle Rock, ColoradoI just love this image of a neighborhood in Castle Rock, Colorado resting in the shadows of the mountains to the West.

 

I just love this image of a neighborhood in Castle Rock, Colorado resting in the shadows of the mountains to the West.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon castle colorado dusk eos f/5.6l landscape mountains nature r rock town www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/castle-rock-colorado Sun, 08 Aug 2021 20:03:47 GMT
Pikes Peak from Castle Rock https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/pikes-peak-from-castle-rock Pikes Peak from Castle RockPikes Peak from Castle RockHere is a two image panorama of Pikes Peak as seen from the base of Castle Rock, Colorado. This image features I-25 along the right side of the image with an incoming train to the right of that. It was taken at dusk with a beautiful sidelight illuminating the town and mountains. There was a summer haze in the air during the week we were there giving a beautiful atmosphere to the landscapes.

 

Here is a two image panorama of Pikes Peak as seen from the base of Castle Rock, Colorado. This image features I-25 along the right side of the image with an incoming train to the right of that. It was taken at dusk with a beautiful sidelight illuminating the town and mountains. There was a summer haze in the air during the week we were there giving a beautiful atmosphere to the landscapes.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm atmosphere canon castle colorado dusk eos f/5.6l landscape mirrorless mood mountains nature peak pikes r rock summer towns traffic train www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/pikes-peak-from-castle-rock Fri, 06 Aug 2021 20:24:02 GMT
Good Morning Deer https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/good-morning-deer Good Morning DeerGood Morning DeerThis deer surprised me as I rounded the corner of the trail she raised her head from the leaves. She sat for a long time watching me cautiously. She let me continue on and she never took off. I always feel better when I can enjoy the wildlife but leave without scaring them off. I kept walking and she kept eating.

 

This deer surprised me as I rounded the corner of the trail she raised her head from the leaves. She sat for a long time watching me cautiously. She let me continue on and she never took off. I always feel better when I can enjoy the wildlife but leave without scaring them off. I kept walking and she kept eating.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central county deer doe eos f/5.6l illinois mammal mclean midwest nature r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/good-morning-deer Mon, 19 Jul 2021 17:45:54 GMT
Midwest Dusk https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/midwest-dusk Midwest DuskMidwest DuskA peaceful, tranquil scene in the Midwest worthy of a photograph.

 

A peaceful, tranquil scene in the Midwest worthy of a photograph.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central county eos f/5.6l illinois landscape mclean midwest nature r rural www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/midwest-dusk Sun, 18 Jul 2021 00:16:35 GMT
Red Winged Blackbird in Good Light-3 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/red-winged-blackbird-in-good-light-3 Red Winged Blackbird in Good Light-3Red Winged Blackbird in Good Light-3Beautiful Red-Winged Blackbird in good light at Shroeder nature preserve last week. This bird was fine with flying form tree to tree and singing fairly close to me. I love this summer resident in Central Illinois.

Red Winged Blackbird in Good LightRed Winged Blackbird in Good LightBeautiful Red-Winged Blackbird in good light at Shroeder nature preserve last week. This bird was fine with flying form tree to tree and singing fairly close to me. I love this summer resident in Central Illinois. Red Winged Blackbird in Good Light-2Red Winged Blackbird in Good Light-2Beautiful Red-Winged Blackbird in good light at Shroeder nature preserve last week. This bird was fine with flying form tree to tree and singing fairly close to me. I love this summer resident in Central Illinois.

 

Beautiful Red-Winged Blackbird in good light at Shroeder nature preserve last week. This bird was fine with flying form tree to tree and singing fairly close to me. I love this summer resident in Central Illinois.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird blackbird canon central county eos f/5.6l illinois mclean midwest nature r red-winged summer wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/red-winged-blackbird-in-good-light-3 Fri, 16 Jul 2021 16:44:36 GMT
Sassy Doe https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/sassy-doe  

Sassy Doe-2Sassy Doe-2I feel like she was getting fresh with me. Sassy DoeSassy DoeI feel like she was getting fresh with me.

 

I feel like she was getting fresh with me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central county doe eos f/5.6l fresh funny. illinois mclean nature preserve r sassy shroeder wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/sassy-doe Tue, 13 Jul 2021 19:35:48 GMT
Eastern Meadowlark-1 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/eastern-meadowlark-1 Eastern Meadowlark-1Eastern Meadowlark-1The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, fields, and prairies. I love their yellow chest with the black V and their brown steaks on the back.

Eastern Meadowlark-7Eastern Meadowlark-7The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, fields, and prairies. I love their yellow chest with the black V and their brown steaks on the back. Eastern Meadowlark-6Eastern Meadowlark-6The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, fields, and prairies. I love their yellow chest with the black V and their brown steaks on the back. Eastern Meadowlark-2Eastern Meadowlark-2The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, fields, and prairies. I love their yellow chest with the black V and their brown steaks on the back. Eastern Meadowlark-3Eastern Meadowlark-3The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, fields, and prairies. I love their yellow chest with the black V and their brown steaks on the back. Eastern Meadowlark-5Eastern Meadowlark-5The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, fields, and prairies. I love their yellow chest with the black V and their brown steaks on the back. Eastern Meadowlark-4Eastern Meadowlark-4The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, fields, and prairies. I love their yellow chest with the black V and their brown steaks on the back.

 

The Eastern Meadowlark is one of those birds that makes their presence known from their calls along country roads, fields, and prairies. I love their yellow chest with the black V and their brown steaks on the back.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon eastern eos f/5.6 grasslands meadowlark nature prairies r summer wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/eastern-meadowlark-1 Sat, 10 Jul 2021 23:19:19 GMT
A White-tail in the Prairie https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/a-white-tail-in-the-prairie A White-tail in the PrairieA White-tail in the PrairieI took this image from my car as I was leaving Shroeder Nature Preserve in McLean County. It was pretty awesome seeing this white-tail doe walking through the tall prairie flowers near sunset. There wasn't much light left so I was thankful there was enough to get this image before heading home. I watched her for awhile and once she noticed me she didn't seem to mind at all and I have a few more images of her making faces at me, unfortunately, in dimmer light. I'll try to share them if they are usable. She was a joy to watch.

 

I took this image from my car as I was leaving Shroeder Nature Preserve in McLean County. It was pretty awesome seeing this white-tail doe walking through the tall prairie flowers near sunset. There wasn't much light left so I was thankful there was enough to get this image before heading home. I watched her for awhile and once she noticed me she didn't seem to mind at all and I have a few more images of her making faces at me, unfortunately, in dimmer light. I'll try to share them if they are usable. She was a joy to watch.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central county deer doe eos f/5.6l illinois mclean nature preserve r shroeder white-tail wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/a-white-tail-in-the-prairie Sat, 10 Jul 2021 00:48:31 GMT
Young Buck Springing Through the Beans https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/young-buck-springing-through-the-beans Young Buck Springing Through the BeansYoung Buck Springing Through the BeansI estimate this young buck cleared 4 rows of beans per leap. Impressive leaping ability!

 

I estimate this young buck cleared 4 rows of beans per leap. Impressive leaping ability!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bean buck canon central country county deer eos evergreen f/5.6l field illinois lake mclean nature r white-tailed wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/young-buck-springing-through-the-beans Fri, 09 Jul 2021 20:38:41 GMT
Mourning Dove Sitting Pretty https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/mourning-dove-sitting-pretty Mourning Dove Sitting PrettyMourning Dove Sitting PrettyI love the common, yet beautiful, mourning dove. They are in abundance in North America. I also love the sound their wings make when they take off. After a little research, I found that they can reach speeds of 55mph! That is impressive.

 

I love the common, yet beautiful, mourning dove. They are in abundance in North America. I also love the sound their wings make when they take off. After a little research, I found that they can reach speeds of 55mph! That is impressive.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county day dove eos evergreen f/5.6l illinois lake light low mclean mourning nature r stormy wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/mourning-dove-sitting-pretty Fri, 09 Jul 2021 19:11:22 GMT
Ruby Throated Hummingbird Hovering https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/ruby-throated-hummingbird-hovering Ruby Throated Hummingbird HoveringRuby Throated Hummingbird HoveringIt was a beautiful night with beautiful light to get hummingbird images. Here is a ruby throated hummingbird hovering nicely for a portrait.

 

It was a beautiful night with beautiful light to get hummingbird images. Here is a ruby throated hummingbird hovering nicely for a portrait.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird bird-in-flight canon central county eos f/5.6l funk's grove hovering hummingbird illinois mclean nature r ruby summer throated wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/ruby-throated-hummingbird-hovering Fri, 09 Jul 2021 02:59:03 GMT
Barn Swallows Getting Fed https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/barn-swallows-getting-fed Barn Swallows Getting FedBarn Swallows Getting FedA two-image series of a barn swallow feeding its fledglings. The past week and a half swallows have been swooping fields and ponds not only feeding themselves but also their many fledglings. While the light and sharpness weren't ideal for these two images, I just love this series and the nature caught, especially the barn swallow diving for an insect.

Barn Swallows Getting Fed-2Barn Swallows Getting Fed-2A two-image series of a barn swallow feeding its fledglings. The past week and a half swallows have been swooping fields and ponds not only feeding themselves but also their many fledglings. While the light and sharpness weren't ideal for these two images, I just love this series and the nature caught, especially the barn swallow diving for an insect.

A two-image series of a barn swallow feeding its fledglings. The past week and a half swallows have been swooping fields and ponds not only feeding themselves but also their many fledglings. While the light and sharpness weren't ideal for these two images, I just love this series and the nature caught, especially the barn swallow diving for an insect.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm and b&w barn birds black canon central county eos evergreen f/5.6l fledglings illinois lake mclean nature r summer swallows white wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/barn-swallows-getting-fed Thu, 08 Jul 2021 20:32:04 GMT
Young Central Illinois Buck https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/young-central-illinois-buck Young Central Illinois BuckYoung Central Illinois BuckThis was taken on my way home after driving around Lake Evergreen. I spotted this young buck with velvet still on his developing antlers. I just love this entire scene epitomizing Central Illinois.

 

This was taken on my way home after driving around Lake Evergreen. I spotted this young buck with velvet still on his developing antlers. I just love this entire scene epitomizing Central Illinois.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm buck canon central county eos evening evergreen f/5.6l illinois lake landscape mclean nature r white-tailed wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/young-central-illinois-buck Thu, 08 Jul 2021 18:26:25 GMT
Yellow-billed Cuckoo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/yellow-billed-cuckoo Yellow-billed CuckooYellow-billed CuckooA cool bird that I usually hear more than I see and now I can say I finally have a good usable image of one. There were a pair of them that stayed high up in the trees chasing insects. It was a challenge to get a clear image at all and I was dealing with swarms of mosquitoes myself. I'm sure I will have several new bites in the morning but it was worth it getting a photograph and to watch this pair chasing insects from tree top to tree top.

 

A cool bird that I usually hear more than I see and now I can say I finally have a good usable image of one. There were a pair of them that stayed high up in the trees chasing insects. It was a challenge to get a clear image at all and I was dealing with swarms of mosquitoes myself. I'm sure I will have several new bites in the morning but it was worth it getting a photograph and to watch this pair chasing insects from tree top to tree top.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county cuckoo eos f/5.6l illinois mclean merwin nature preserve r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellow-billed https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/yellow-billed-cuckoo Thu, 08 Jul 2021 05:23:11 GMT
Tree Swallow Skimming the Pond for Bugs https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/barn-swallow-skimming-the-pond-for-bugs Tree Swallow Skimming the Pond for BugsTree Swallow Skimming the Pond for BugsAnother image of a bird in flight flying fast and low over the pond. The swallows are fun to watch as they pick off bugs in midair. I have several missed/failed attempts but this one was worth the trial and errors.

 

Another image of a bird in flight flying fast and low over the pond. The swallows are fun to watch as they pick off bugs in midair. I have several missed/failed attempts but this one was worth the trial and errors.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bird-in-flight canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r central illinois fast mclean county nature shroeder nature preserve summer swallow tree wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/barn-swallow-skimming-the-pond-for-bugs Wed, 07 Jul 2021 20:58:55 GMT
Cruising Spotted Sandpiper https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/cruising-spotted-sandpiper Cruising Spotted SandpiperCruising Spotted SandpiperI observed several swallows working this pond for insects but this spotted sandpiper surprised me as it whipped by across the pond. It made one pass before looping back around for another pass. I was ready for the second fly-by. I did my best to track this bird and get this image.

 

I observed several swallows working this pond for insects but this spotted sandpiper surprised me as it whipped by across the pond. It made one pass before looping back around for another pass. I was ready for the second fly-by. I did my best to track this bird and get this image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird-in-flight canon central county eos f/5.6l illinois mclean nature pond preserve r sandpiper shorebird shroeder spotted summer wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/cruising-spotted-sandpiper Wed, 07 Jul 2021 02:09:30 GMT
Flying Into the Last Remaining Light of the Day https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/flying-into-the-last-remaining-light-of-the-day Flying Into the Last Remaining Light of the DayFlying Into the Last Remaining Light of the DayThis might be my new personal favorite cardinal image. The light in the wooded area was almost gone as the sun was close to setting. There were a couple of cardinals flying around actively and I really wanted to get one in flight. As luck would have it, a cardinal flew directly into the last bit of light piercing the trees and I was able to snap a series of images. The light illuminates the red face and gives the cardinal separation from the lush background nicely. Nature photography is very technical and being ready for the moment is key, but, ultimately, much of it depends on what the animal gives you.

 

This might be my new personal favorite cardinal image. The light in the wooded area was almost gone as the sun was close to setting. There were a couple of cardinals flying around actively and I really wanted to get one in flight. As luck would have it, a cardinal flew directly into the last bit of light piercing the trees and I was able to snap a series of images. The light illuminates the red face and gives the cardinal separation from the lush background nicely. Nature photography is very technical and being ready for the moment is key, but, ultimately, much of it depends on what the animal gives you.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bif bird bird-in-flight canon cardinal central county eos f/5.6l illinois light mclean nature preserve r red shroeder wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/flying-into-the-last-remaining-light-of-the-day Tue, 06 Jul 2021 17:09:25 GMT
Common Yellowthroat Singing From a Compass Plant https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/common-yellowthroat-singing-from-a-compass-plant Common Yellowthroat Singing From a Compass PlantCommon Yellowthroat Singing From a Compass PlantThe prairie is full of these tall compass plants sticking up through the sea of perennials. They have beautiful yellow blooms and as a photographer I always dream of what colorful bird might be perched on top singing. On this particular July evening, the common yellowthroat was belting out a tune. I had to look carefully as it blended in so well with the yellow blooms in the early evening light. Their songs are one of the first I hear this time of year along the trails as I'm learning to recognize more bird calls.

 

The prairie is full of these tall compass plants sticking up through the sea of perennials. They have beautiful yellow blooms and as a photographer I always dream of what colorful bird might be perched on top singing. On this particular July evening, the common yellowthroat was belting out a tune. I had to look carefully as it blended in so well with the yellow blooms in the early evening light. Their songs are one of the first I hear this time of year along the trails as I'm learning to recognize more bird calls.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central common compass county eos evergreen f/5.6l illinois lake mclean nature plant r summer wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellow yellowthroat https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/common-yellowthroat-singing-from-a-compass-plant Mon, 05 Jul 2021 20:46:19 GMT
4th of July in Central Illinois https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/4th-of-july-in-cental-illinois 4th of July in Central Illinois4th of July in Central IllinoisIn an attempt to get some Bloomington/Normal rireworks to celebrate 4th of July 2021, we went out looking for a fairly remote spot just outside of town. My idea was to try to get a more rural setting with a farm or pasture in the foreground. We pulled over on the rural road in front of Rader Family Farm, a place we have always taken the kids in the fall to check out pumpkins and enjoy fall games. Rader Pumpkin Patch has always been a fun time for our family every year (I'll include a link to their page below). When we pulled up, the red barn was just perfect but I didn't know if it would show up enough as the sun set. Within a few minutes the lights on the barn lit up as if to say, "no worries". The scene was perfect for a firework show. In the distance were the Fairview Park fireworks in Normal. With several images and some editing, this turned out better than anticipated.

Rader Family Farm

 

In an attempt to get some Bloomington/Normal rireworks to celebrate 4th of July 2021, we went out looking for a fairly remote spot just outside of town. My idea was to try to get a more rural setting with a farm or pasture in the foreground. We pulled over on the rural road in front of Rader Family Farm, a place we have always taken the kids in the fall to check out pumpkins and enjoy fall games. Rader Pumpkin Patch has always been a fun time for our family every year (I'll include a link to their page below). When we pulled up, the red barn was just perfect but I didn't know if it would show up enough as the sun set. Within a few minutes the lights on the barn lit up as if to say, "no worries". The scene was perfect for a firework show. In the distance were the Fairview Park fireworks in Normal. With several images and some editing, this turned out better than anticipated.

Rader Family Farm

 

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Female Orchard Oriole Says Happy 4th! https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/female-orchard-oriole-says-happy-4th Female Orchard Oriole Says Happy 4th!Female Orchard Oriole Says Happy 4th!The orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all!

Orchard Oriole On WatchOrchard Oriole On WatchThe orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all! Baltimore Oriole in Beautiful Side LightBaltimore Oriole in Beautiful Side LightThe orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all! Baltimore Oriole in a White Mulberry TreeBaltimore Oriole in a White Mulberry TreeThe orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all! Oriole Sitting Pretty in a TreeOriole Sitting Pretty in a TreeThe orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all! Oriole in the Tree Tops with an InsectOriole in the Tree Tops with an InsectThe orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all! Orchard Oriole Flying Under a Shade TreeOrchard Oriole Flying Under a Shade TreeThe orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all! Oriole Looking Majestic on her Blackberry BushOriole Looking Majestic on her Blackberry BushThe orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all! Pretty Oriole in a Black Walnut TreePretty Oriole in a Black Walnut TreeThe orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all!

Orchard Oriole in the Thick PrairieOrchard Oriole in the Thick PrairieThe orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all!

The orioles, both the Baltimore and Orchard, were out if full force this week at Lake Evergreen. I'll share a series of images on this beautiful 4th of July Weekend! Happy 4th of July all!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) birds canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r central illinois lake evergreen mclean county mirrorless nature orioles wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/female-orchard-oriole-says-happy-4th Sun, 04 Jul 2021 22:31:15 GMT
Female Red-winged Blackbird with a Moth https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/female-red-winged-blackbird-with-a-moth Female Red-winged Blackbird with a MothFemale Red-winged Blackbird with a MothI watched this female red-winged blackbird flying all over the place and when it finally flew by in a straight line, I noticed it had a big, juicy moth in its beak. She flew close enough to me to show off what she caught. I was just happy that I was able to catch a quick image of her with her prize.

 

I watched this female red-winged blackbird flying all over the place and when it finally flew by in a straight line, I noticed it had a big, juicy moth in its beak. She flew close enough to me to show off what she caught. I was just happy that I was able to catch a quick image of her with her prize.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird blackbird canon central county eos evergreen f/5.6l illinois insect lake mclean nature r red-winged wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/female-red-winged-blackbird-with-a-moth Sun, 04 Jul 2021 03:08:56 GMT
Evening Song by a Dickcissel https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/evening-song-by-a-dickcissel Evening Song by a DickcisselEvening Song by a DickcisselThese vibrant little birds have been lining the prairie singing their songs from all directions. Dickcissels were everywhere at Lake Evergreen.

 

These vibrant little birds have been lining the prairie singing their songs from all directions. Dickcissels were everywhere at Lake Evergreen.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county dickcissel eos evergreen f/5.6l illinois lake mclean nature r song wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/evening-song-by-a-dickcissel Sat, 03 Jul 2021 16:28:58 GMT
Eastern Towhee Making Himself Heard https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/eastern-towhee-making-himself-heard Eastern Towhee Making Himself HeardEastern Towhee Making Himself HeardI always enjoy hearing their song carrying through the prairie. The eastern towhee has striking looks especially with their red eyes that really pop against their black head feathers.

 

I always enjoy hearing their song carrying through the prairie. The eastern towhee has striking looks especially with their red eyes that really pop against their black head feathers.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county eastern eos evergreen f/5.6l illinois lake mclean midwest nature r singing towhee wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/eastern-towhee-making-himself-heard Sat, 03 Jul 2021 01:27:57 GMT
Storming on the Plains https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/storming-on-the-plains Storming on the PlainsStorming on the PlainsOne of the many waves of storms that pushed through Central Illinois last week.

 

One of the many waves of storms that pushed through Central Illinois last week.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm beauty canon central colors eos f/5.6l illinois landscape nature plains r storms www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/storming-on-the-plains Fri, 02 Jul 2021 21:20:56 GMT
Portrait of a Female Blue Grosbeak https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/portrait-of-a-female-blue-grosbeak Portrait of a Blue GrosbeakPortrait of a Blue GrosbeakI spent another evening with this Blue Grosbeak pair as they worked hard catching insects and taking them to their fledglings. This was the very last image I took of the evening. He landed on a bush maybe 12 feet away...the closest he got to me all night. I feel like we established a trust. He knew I would stay behind my camera and tripod and not make any sudden moves while he tended to his nest. I did get more images of both males in better light tonight so I'll share more over time. The other cool thing is when I was walking much further on the trail over 2 pastures away, I ran into another blue grosbeak pair that were working along a fence line by a bean field.

 

I spent another evening with this Blue Grosbeak pair as they worked hard catching insects and taking them to their fledglings. This was the very last image I took of the evening. She landed on a bush maybe 12 feet away...the closest she got to me all night. I feel like we established a trust. She knew I would stay behind my camera and tripod and not make any sudden moves while she tended to her nest. I did get more images of both the male and female in better light tonight so I'll share more over time. The other cool thing is when I was walking much further on the trail over 2 pastures away, I ran into another blue grosbeak pair that were working along a fence line by a bean field.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird blue canon central colors county eos evergreen f/5.6l female grosbeak illinois lake mclean mirrorless nature portrait r summer wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/portrait-of-a-female-blue-grosbeak Fri, 02 Jul 2021 03:04:00 GMT
Blend In Young Buck https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/blend-in-young-buck Blend In Young BuckBlend In Young BuckWhile hiking I saw some dear across the bean field. If I wasn't looking through my camera/lens, I totally would have missed this young buck as he was standing perfectly between bean rows.

 

While hiking I saw some dear across the bean field. If I wasn't looking through my camera/lens, I totally would have missed this young buck as he was standing perfectly between bean rows.

 

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Female Blue Grosbeak-1 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/female-blue-grosbeak-1 Blue Grosbeak-1Blue Grosbeak-1This male blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. He has been very active and photogenic. He would give his beautiful call and fly back and forth across the walking path and perch in the tall prairie flowers, giving several opportunities to photograph him. He has such personality while the other male usually stayed fairly hidden in the taller branches of the trees. I also enjoy his rich brown and blue colors and markings. He has been a joy to photograph.

Blue Grosbeak-2Blue Grosbeak-2This male blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. He has been very active and photogenic. He would give his beautiful call and fly back and forth across the walking path and perch in the tall prairie flowers, giving several opportunities to photograph him. He has such personality while the other male usually stayed fairly hidden in the taller branches of the trees. I also enjoy his rich brown and blue colors and markings. He has been a joy to photograph. Blue Grosbeak-3Blue Grosbeak-3This male blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. He has been very active and photogenic. He would give his beautiful call and fly back and forth across the walking path and perch in the tall prairie flowers, giving several opportunities to photograph him. He has such personality while the other male usually stayed fairly hidden in the taller branches of the trees. I also enjoy his rich brown and blue colors and markings. He has been a joy to photograph. Blue Grosbeak-8Blue Grosbeak-8This male blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. He has been very active and photogenic. He would give his beautiful call and fly back and forth across the walking path and perch in the tall prairie flowers, giving several opportunities to photograph him. He has such personality while the other male usually stayed fairly hidden in the taller branches of the trees. I also enjoy his rich brown and blue colors and markings. He has been a joy to photograph. Blue Grosbeak-7Blue Grosbeak-7This male blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. He has been very active and photogenic. He would give his beautiful call and fly back and forth across the walking path and perch in the tall prairie flowers, giving several opportunities to photograph him. He has such personality while the other male usually stayed fairly hidden in the taller branches of the trees. I also enjoy his rich brown and blue colors and markings. He has been a joy to photograph. Female Blue Grosbeak-6Female Blue Grosbeak-6This male blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. He has been very active and photogenic. He would give his beautiful call and fly back and forth across the walking path and perch in the tall prairie flowers, giving several opportunities to photograph him. He has such personality while the other male usually stayed fairly hidden in the taller branches of the trees. I also enjoy his rich brown and blue colors and markings. He has been a joy to photograph. Blue Grosbeak-4Blue Grosbeak-4This male blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. He has been very active and photogenic. He would give his beautiful call and fly back and forth across the walking path and perch in the tall prairie flowers, giving several opportunities to photograph him. He has such personality while the other male usually stayed fairly hidden in the taller branches of the trees. I also enjoy his rich brown and blue colors and markings. He has been a joy to photograph. Blue Grosbeak-5Blue Grosbeak-5This male blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. He has been very active and photogenic. He would give his beautiful call and fly back and forth across the walking path and perch in the tall prairie flowers, giving several opportunities to photograph him. He has such personality while the other male usually stayed fairly hidden in the taller branches of the trees. I also enjoy his rich brown and blue colors and markings. He has been a joy to photograph.

This female blue grosbeak has become one of my favorite little birds. Unlike the male blue grosbeak, she has been very active and photogenic. She would give her beautiful call and fly back and forth across the walking path and perch in the tall prairie flowers, giving several opportunities to photograph her. She has such personality while the male usually stayed fairly hidden in the taller branches of the trees. I also enjoy her rich brown and blue colors and markings. She has been a joy to photograph.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird blue canon county eos evergreen f/5.6l female grosbeak il lake mclean mirrorless nature r summer wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/7/female-blue-grosbeak-1 Thu, 01 Jul 2021 05:50:54 GMT
Barns in a Storm https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/barns-in-a-storm Barns in a StormBarns in a StormI drive by these barns from time to time and always think what a great subject for a photo in the right conditions. Yesterday I drove by them and thought this passing storm as a backdrop would be the perfect opportunity to photograph them. I got a late start and couldn't get out in front of the storm so I decided to lag behind the storm and hang out by these barns to wait for the right moment.

 

I drive by these barns from time to time and always thin what a great subject for a photo in the right conditions. Yesterday I drove by them and thought this passing storm as a backdrop would be the perfect opportunity to photograph them. I got a late start and couldn't get out in front of the storm so I decided to lag behind the storm and hang out by these barns to wait for the right moment.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 barns beauty canon central eos f/2.8l illinois june landscape nature r storms summer www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/barns-in-a-storm Tue, 29 Jun 2021 23:21:17 GMT
Male Blue Grosbeak https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/male-blue-grosbeak Male Blue Grosbeak-4Male Blue Grosbeak-4I had fun taking photos of a male and female blue grosbeak at Lake Evergreen last night. The storms rolled through and the clouds were heavy so I didn't get the best light for these images but it was fun trying. It is such a beautiful bird. Male Blue Grosbeak-3Male Blue Grosbeak-3I had fun taking photos of a male and female blue grosbeak at Lake Evergreen last night. The storms rolled through and the clouds were heavy so I didn't get the best light for these images but it was fun trying. It is such a beautiful bird. Male Blue GrosbeakMale Blue GrosbeakI had fun taking photos of a male and female blue grosbeak at Lake Evergreen last night. The storms rolled through and the clouds were heavy so I didn't get the best light for these images but it was fun trying. It is such a beautiful bird. Male Blue Grosbeak-6Male Blue Grosbeak-6I had fun taking photos of a male and female blue grosbeak at Lake Evergreen last night. The storms rolled through and the clouds were heavy so I didn't get the best light for these images but it was fun trying. It is such a beautiful bird. Male Blue Grosbeak-5Male Blue Grosbeak-5I had fun taking photos of a male and female blue grosbeak at Lake Evergreen last night. The storms rolled through and the clouds were heavy so I didn't get the best light for these images but it was fun trying. It is such a beautiful bird. Male Blue Grosbeak-2Male Blue Grosbeak-2I had fun taking photos of a male and female blue grosbeak at Lake Evergreen last night. The storms rolled through and the clouds were heavy so I didn't get the best light for these images but it was fun trying. It is such a beautiful bird.

 

I had fun taking photos of a male and female blue grosbeak at Lake Evergreen last night. The storms rolled through and the clouds were heavy so I didn't get the best light for these images but it was fun trying. It is such a beautiful bird.

 

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Acadian Flycatcher https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/acadian-flycatcher Acadian FlycatcherAcadian FlycatcherI spotted this sweet little flycatcher along the gold mine trail in Tazewell County, near the Mackinaw River. I can never really tell these flycatchers apart but after hearing the song and checking against the merlin bird app, sure enough, this had to be an Acadian Flycatcher.

 

I spotted this sweet little flycatcher along the gold mine trail in Tazewell County, near the Mackinaw River. I can never really tell these flycatchers apart but after hearing the song and checking against the merlin bird app, sure enough, this had to be an Acadian Flycatcher.

 

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Leaping Through the Fields https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/leaping-through-the-fields Leaping Through the FieldsLeaping Through the FieldsI startled this doe as she was feeding in the fields...she startled me too. I didn't know she was there until I heard something brushing the bushes as she leaped by. I managed a couple of quick images before she vanished in the tree line.

 

I startled this doe as she was feeding in the fields...she startled me too. I didn't know she was there until I heard something brushing the bushes as she leaped by. I managed a couple of quick images before she vanished in the tree line.

 

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The Beautiful Chipping Sparrow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/the-beautiful-chipping-sparrow The Beautiful Chipping SparrowThe Beautiful Chipping SparrowI love the markings of the chipping sparrow. The best thing about photographing small birds that are always on the move is the ability to freeze them to really study their beautiful features and markings. These chipping sparrows always seem to be ducking under cover so fast that it can be difficult to really appreciate how beautiful they are.

 

I love the markings of the chipping sparrow. The best thing about photographing small birds that are always on the move is the ability to freeze them to really study their beautiful features and markings. These chipping sparrows always seem to be ducking under cover so fast that it can be difficult to really appreciate how beautiful they are.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon chipping county eos f/5.6l feathers mackinaw markings nature r river sparrow tazewell valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/the-beautiful-chipping-sparrow Thu, 24 Jun 2021 05:36:09 GMT
Indigo Bunting Peeking Through the Wildflowers https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/indigo-bunting-peeking-through-the-wildflowers Indigo Bunting Peeking Through the WildflowersIndigo Bunting Peeking Through the WildflowersThere were so many indigo buntings patrolling the wooded areas near the Mackinaw River in Tazewell County today. I was hoping to get one on some wildflowers but had to settle for this image of the bunting peeking out through these beautiful wildflowers.

 

There were so many indigo buntings patrolling the wooded areas near the Mackinaw River in Tazewell County today. I was hoping to get one on some wildflowers but had to settle for this image of the bunting peeking out through these beautiful wildflowers.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird bunting canon central colors county eos f/5.6l flowers illinois indigo mackinaw mirrorless nature r river summer tazewell valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/indigo-bunting-peeking-through-the-wildflowers Wed, 23 Jun 2021 03:01:18 GMT
Bluejay with a Bug https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/bluejay-with-a-bug Blue Jay with a BugBlue Jay with a BugGoing through some images I took this spring and I came across this one of a bluejay that had been hopping around on the ground and found a snack. I was able to get an image of it posing on this metal post before taking off. I just love the vibrancy of this image and clarity of the jay.

 

Going through some images I took this spring and I came across this one of a bluejay that had been hopping around on the ground and found a snack. I was able to get an image of it posing on this metal post before taking off. I just love the vibrancy of this image and clarity of the jay.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird blue bluejay canon colors county eos ewing f/5.6l insect mclean nature park r spring wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/6/bluejay-with-a-bug Sun, 20 Jun 2021 06:19:09 GMT
Magnolia Warbler Looking for Bugs https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/magnolia-warbler-looking-for-bugs Magnolia Warbler Looking for BugsMagnolia Warbler Looking for BugsI know I got in a little late on the warbler action this year and pretty much only saw a few varieties. The magnolia warbler was probably the most abundant warbler during the times I went. I'm not complaining as they are so very beautiful with their colors and markings. I liked this scene as the warbler was in the pounce position looking for a the next unsuspecting bug to fly by.

 

I know I got in a little late on the warbler action this year and pretty much only saw a few varieties. The magnolia warbler was probably the most abundant warbler during the times I went. I'm not complaining as they are so very beautiful with their colors and markings. I liked this scene as the warbler was in the pounce position looking for a the next unsuspecting bug to fly by.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon county eos ewing f/5.6l il magnolia mclean migration mirrorless nature park r spring warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/magnolia-warbler-looking-for-bugs Thu, 27 May 2021 23:05:07 GMT
Singing Gray Catbird https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/singing-gray-catbird Singing Gray CatbirdSinging Gray CatbirdI could listen to these Gray Catbirds sing all day long...such beautiful songs! This was taken May 19th at Ewing Park in McLean County.

 

I could listen to these Gray Catbirds sing all day long...such beautiful songs! This was taken May 19th at Ewing Park in McLean County.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon catbird county eos ewing f/5.6l gray mclean midwest migration mirrorless nature park r singing song spring wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/singing-gray-catbird Wed, 26 May 2021 21:38:11 GMT
Posing Scarlet Tanager https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/posing-scarlet-tanager Posing Scarlet TanagerPosing Scarlet TanagerI was in awe of this posing scarlet tanager in beautiful evening light last Wednesday. Despite having vibrant colors, he blended in nicely with the sunlit leaves. I believe this is a non-breeding male and he posed nicely for a quick photo.

 

I was in awe of this posing scarlet tanager in beautiful evening light last Wednesday. Despite having vibrant colors, he blended in nicely with the sunlit leaves. I believe this is a non-breeding male and he posed nicely for a quick photo.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird bloomington canon colors eos ewing f/5.6l il migration nature park r scarlet spring tanager vibrant wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/posing-scarlet-tanager Mon, 24 May 2021 22:59:15 GMT
Red-eyed Vireo Among the Honeysuckle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/red-eyed-vireo-among-the-honeysuckle Red-eyed Vireo Among the HoneysuckleRed-eyed Vireo Among the HoneysuckleI was happy to just enough light on the eye of this pretty vireo to see the red. Such a sweet little bird surrounded by the sweet smells of the honeysuckle blooms.

 

I was happy to just enough light on the eye of this pretty vireo to see the red. Such a sweet little bird surrounded by the sweet smells of the honeysuckle blooms.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon eos ewing f/5.6l honeysuckle illinois migrations nature park r red-eyed vireo wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/red-eyed-vireo-among-the-honeysuckle Sun, 23 May 2021 15:34:33 GMT
Indigo Bunting Looking Vibrant https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/indigo-bunting-looking-vibrant Indigo Bunting Looking VibrantIndigo Bunting Looking VibrantThe indigo bunting is one beautiful little bird. Thankfully a friend of mine and his son are getting into birding and I ran into him while at the park today and mentioned that I haven't seen many indigo buntings this year. This young man, new to birding, says, "follow me, I have seen them over here". Sure enough we see a couple of pairs of indigo buntings flying around. Thank you Bode! I love seeing the next generation getting into birding and nature.

 

The indigo bunting is one beautiful little bird. Thankfully a friend of mine and his son are getting into birding and I ran into him while at the park today and mentioned that I haven't seen many indigo buntings this year. This young man, new to birding, says, "follow me, I have seen them over here". Sure enough we see a couple of pairs of indigo buntings flying around. Thank you Bode! I love seeing the next generation getting into birding and nature.

 

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Olive-sided Flycatcher with a Bee https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/olive-sided-flycatcher-with-a-bee Olive-sided Flycatcher with a BeeOlive-sided Flycatcher with a BeeThe flycatchers have been out in full force at Ewing this week and this olive-sided flycatcher is one of my favorites. If you look close you can see a bee held firmly in its beak. Unfortunately this image is cropped fairly heavily, sacrificing image quality, as these birds like to sit at the top of the tallest trees in the park to scout out their next insect.

 

The flycatchers have been out in full force at Ewing this week and this olive-sided flycatcher is one of my favorites. If you look close you can see a bee held firmly in its beak. Unfortunately this image is cropped fairly heavily, sacrificing image quality, as these birds like to sit at the top of the tallest trees in the park to scout out their next insect.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r ewing park illinois insect mclean county mirrorless nature olive-sided flycatcher wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/olive-sided-flycatcher-with-a-bee Sat, 22 May 2021 20:02:57 GMT
Hooded Warbler Series https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/side-profile-of-the-hooded-warbler Side Profile of the Hooded WarblerSide Profile of the Hooded WarblerAn image from a series of images of this beautiful little hooded warbler.

Hooded Warbler in the ThicketHooded Warbler in the ThicketAn image from a series of images of this beautiful little hooded warbler. Hooded Warbler in the ShadowsHooded Warbler in the ShadowsAn image from a series of images of this beautiful little hooded warbler. Hooded Warbler PoseHooded Warbler PoseAn image from a series of images of this beautiful little hooded warbler. Hooded Warbler on SticksHooded Warbler on SticksAn image from a series of images of this beautiful little hooded warbler.

An image from a series of images of this beautiful little hooded warbler.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r canon mirrorless color ewing park hooded warbler mclean county nature wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/side-profile-of-the-hooded-warbler Fri, 21 May 2021 03:11:00 GMT
Hooded Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/hooded-warbler Hooded WarblerHooded WarblerI'm very excited about this hooded warbler that I spotted this evening at Ewing park. I was heading back to the parking lot and decided to take a look along the creek one last time. I saw something yellow pop out of the brush and I couldn't believe my eyes once I looked through the viewfinder. The most beautiful little yellow warbler...a hooded warbler! I'm so thankful this little bird gave me a chance for this image. This is a lifer for me.

 

I'm very excited about this hooded warbler that I spotted this evening at Ewing park. I was heading back to the parking lot and decided to take a look along the creek one last time. I saw something yellow pop out of the brush and I couldn't believe my eyes once I looked through the viewfinder. The most beautiful little yellow warbler...a hooded warbler! I'm so thankful this little bird gave me a chance for this image. This is a lifer for me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bird canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r ewing park hooded lifer mclean county nature warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com yellow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/hooded-warbler Thu, 20 May 2021 00:50:41 GMT
Inquisitive Cardinal https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/inquisitive-cardinal Inquisitive CardinalInquisitive CardinalI love when a bird poses for me. Usually I only get a second or two before they fly off, hop to another branch, or duck under cover. Every now and then I get lucky and a bird will sit still for me and give me a quick pose or two. This male cardinal was very cooperative. His female friend flew off but he stuck around for a few extra minutes to pose for a quick photo.

 

I love when a bird poses for me. Usually I only get a second or two before they fly off, hop to another branch, or duck under cover. Every now and then I get lucky and a bird will sit still for me and give me a quick pose or two. This male cardinal was very cooperative. His female friend flew off but he stuck around for a few extra minutes to pose for a quick photo.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon cardinal colors county eos ewing f/5.6l illinois male mclean nature park r red spring wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/inquisitive-cardinal Tue, 18 May 2021 21:52:28 GMT
Magnolia Warbler Among the Leaves https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/magnolia-warbler-among-the-leaves Magnolia Warbler Among the LeavesMagnolia Warbler Among the LeavesI love this image of a sweet little magnolia warbler spotted through the thick branches and leaves. It shows just how difficult it can be to spot and photograph these little birds. The out of focus foreground and background leaves really help to frame and bring out the focus of this bird.

 

I love this image of a sweet little magnolia warbler spotted through the thick branches and leaves. It shows just how difficult it can be to spot and photograph these little birds. The out of focus foreground and background leaves really help to frame and bring out the focus of this bird.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon county eos ewing f/5.6l magnolia mclean nature park r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/magnolia-warbler-among-the-leaves Mon, 17 May 2021 03:54:26 GMT
Chestnut-sided Warbler Basking in the Glow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/chestnut-sided-warbler-basking-in-the-glow Chestnut-sided Warbler Basking in the GlowChestnut-sided Warbler Basking in the GlowLife has been busy and full lately, which has limited my ability and energy to get out and enjoy the spring migration. Yesterday I was able to take advantage of one of the nicer days of the Spring and see some beautiful birds. It is never easy photographing these little birds, especially with the trees full of leaves but several gave me some good looks. This little chestnut-sided warbler stopped to enjoy a bit of sun on its face long enough for me to take a profile image. Hopefully I can enjoy a few more moments with these colorful little warblers this Spring.

 

Life has been busy and full lately, which has limited my ability and energy to get out and enjoy the spring migration. Yesterday I was able to take advantage of one of the nicer days of the Spring and see some beautiful birds. It is never easy photographing these little birds, especially with the trees full of leaves but several gave me some good looks. This little chestnut-sided warbler stopped to enjoy a bit of sun on its face long enough for me to take a profile image. Hopefully I can enjoy a few more moments with these colorful little warblers this Spring.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon chestnut-sided colors eos f/5.6l nature r warbler wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/5/chestnut-sided-warbler-basking-in-the-glow Sat, 15 May 2021 22:56:45 GMT
Pretty Pitbull https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/pretty-pitbull Pretty PitbullPretty PitbullHere is Bella, the first of our 2 puppies we adopted in the winter. She is so sweet and loving to our family, and especially our son. They are buddies already. She has the most loving temperament and it shows in her beautiful eyes. Thank you for blessing our family Bella.

 

Here is Bella, the first of our 2 puppies we adopted in the winter. She is so sweet and loving to our family, and especially our son. They are buddies already. She has the most loving temperament and it shows in her beautiful eyes. Thank you for blessing our family Bella.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 70-200 f/4l canon eos r familiy family photojournalist fox resort missouri puppies www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/pretty-pitbull Sun, 28 Mar 2021 16:35:40 GMT
Sneaking a Peek https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/sneaking-a-peek Sneaking a PeekSneaking a PeekSo our family adopted two puppies leading into winter. This is Kip and we get a kick out of Kip's stare. He is always watching and we catch him just staring at us for long periods of time...if he wasn't so cute, it would be creepy. These puppies have so much personality. I hope to post more here on my photography page over time.

 

So our family adopted two puppies leading into winter. This is Kip and we get a kick out of Kip's stare. He is always watching and we catch him just staring at us for long periods of time...if he wasn't so cute, it would be creepy. These puppies have so much personality. I hope to post more here on my photography page over time.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canine canon dog eos f/4l family leaf peeking pet photojournalist r stare www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/sneaking-a-peek Sat, 27 Mar 2021 23:37:38 GMT
Basking in the Sunrise https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/basking-in-the-sunrise Basking in the SunriseBasking in the SunriseI really enjoyed this tranquil scene of this barn basking in the warm light of a sunrise reflected in the windows.

 

I really enjoyed this tranquil scene of this barn basking in the warm light of a sunrise reflected in the windows.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 barn canon central county eos f/4l illinois landscape mclean midwest r rural www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/basking-in-the-sunrise Tue, 23 Mar 2021 18:54:03 GMT
Good Morning McLean County https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/good-morning-mclean-county Good Morning McLean CountyGood Morning McLean CountyWhen my daughter asked, "Dad can we go get some photos in the morning for my art class?"... I said "you bet!" We stumbled upon this beautiful sunrise this Monday morning. Sharing it with her made it all that much better.

 

When my daughter asked, "Dad can we go get some photos in the morning for my art class?"... I said "you bet!" We stumbled upon this beautiful sunrise this Monday morning. Sharing it with her made it all that much better.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon county creek eos f/4l landscape mclean monday morning nature r reflection rural sunrise www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/good-morning-mclean-county Mon, 22 Mar 2021 16:33:09 GMT
Great Blue Heron In Flight https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/great-blue-heron-in-flight Great Blue Heron In FlightGreat Blue Heron In FlightThe great blue heron is such a majestic bird. They cast an unmistakable shadow as they fly over.

 

The great blue heron is such a majestic bird. They cast an unmistakable shadow as they fly over.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird blue canon comlara county eos evergreen f/5.6l great heron illinois in-flight lake mclean nature park r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/great-blue-heron-in-flight Sun, 07 Mar 2021 17:46:12 GMT
Dramatic Ring-billed Gull Catch and Eat https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/dramatic-ring-billed-gull-catch-and-eat Dramatic Ring-billed Gull Catch and EatDramatic Ring-billed Gull Catch and EatThese Ring-billed Gulls can be fun to watch fish. They aren't an eagle but they are quite agile in the air. I love that this gull just caught a fish and adjusted it mid-flight despite having webbed feet and not talons like eagles.

 

These Ring-billed Gulls can be fun to watch fish. They aren't an eagle but they are quite agile in the air. I love that this gull just caught a fish and adjusted it mid-flight despite having webbed feet and not tallons like eagles.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action bird canon comlara eos evergreen f/5.6l gull illinois in-flight lake midwest nature park r ring-billed wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/dramatic-ring-billed-gull-catch-and-eat Sat, 06 Mar 2021 22:05:33 GMT
Ring-billed Gull Suspended in Air https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/ring-billed-gull-suspended-in-air Ring-billed Gull Suspended in AirRing-billed Gull Suspended in AirI was able to freeze this moment as the ring-billed gull made a dive and came up empty. The suspended-in-midair pose looking right at the camera made for a pretty cool image.

 

I was able to freeze this moment as the ring-billed gull made a dive and came up empty. The suspended-in-midair pose looking right at the camera made for a pretty cool image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action bird canon comlara county eos evergreen f/5.6l gull illinois in-flight lake mclean midwest nature park r ring-billed wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/ring-billed-gull-suspended-in-air Thu, 04 Mar 2021 21:20:08 GMT
Common Mergansers on the Move https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/common-mergansers-on-the-move Common Mergansers on the MoveCommon Mergansers on the MoveBeautiful male and female common mergansers on the move, low over the water. When these water fowl decide to take off, I have to be ready with the camera because they are really flying! I mean really!

 

Beautiful male and female common mergansers on the move, low over the water. When these water fowl decide to take off, I have to be ready with the camera because they are really flying! I mean really!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action bird canon comlara common eos evergreen f/5.6l flight fowl in lake merganser migration nature park r water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/common-mergansers-on-the-move Wed, 03 Mar 2021 22:34:50 GMT
Common Goldeneye Landing in a Foggy Mist https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/common-goldeneye-landing-in-a-foggy-mist Common Goldeneye Landing in a Foggy MistCommon Goldeneye Landing in a Foggy MistFour males and a female common goldeneye flying in on Lake Evergreen with a thin mist on the lake. I believe there is a canvasback duck in the background. I feel lucky to get a usable image after taking several images of ducks in the mist that just didn't turn out due to difficulty getting focus. These goldeneyes are beautiful birds, especially in good light.

 

Four males and a female common goldeneye flying in on Lake Evergreen with a thin mist on the lake. I believe there is a canvasback duck in the background. I feel lucky to get a usable image after taking several images of ducks in the mist that just didn't turn out due to difficulty getting focus. These goldeneyes are beautiful birds, especially in good light.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon comlara common ducks eos evergreen f/5.6l fog goldeneye illinois in-flight lake midwest migration mist nature r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/common-goldeneye-landing-in-a-foggy-mist Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:19:58 GMT
The Point of No Return https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/the-point-of-no-return The Point of No ReturnThe Point of No ReturnA ring-billed gull diving beak first into the water to fetch a fish that it spotted well above the water. The whole process is a lot of fun to watch.

 

A ring-billed gull diving beak first into the water to fetch a fish that it spotted well above the water. The whole process is a lot of fun to watch.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action bird canon central comlara diving eos evergreen f/5.6l fishing gull illinois in-flight lake midwest nature park r ring-billed wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/3/the-point-of-no-return Tue, 02 Mar 2021 02:05:14 GMT
Showing Off In Flight https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/showing-off-in-flight Showing Off In FlightShowing Off In FlightOne of the signs of early spring in our area are the numbers of ring-billed gulls fishing in the open waters of frozen lakes. I have 1000's of images of these birds soaring, fishing, and fighting each other and other birds for their catch. They can be quite entertaining as they are very acrobatic in the air and fun to watch dive into the water. Even with 1000's of images of these birds, getting one like this is special. I could try year after year and never get another one like this with the fish in the air between the open beak of the bird. I swear it looked back and struck this pose for me just to show off.

 

One of the signs of early spring in our area are the numbers of ring-billed gulls fishing in the open waters of frozen lakes. I have 1000's of images of these birds soaring, fishing, and fighting each other and other birds for their catch. They can be quite entertaining as they are very acrobatic in the air and fun to watch dive into the water. Even with 1000's of images of these birds, getting one like this is special. I could try year after year and never get another one like this with the fish in the air between the open beak of the bird. I swear it looked back and struck this pose for me to show off.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm action bird canon central comlara eating eos evergreen f/5.6l fish gull illinois in-flight lake midwest nature park r ring-billed wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/showing-off-in-flight Mon, 01 Mar 2021 01:58:45 GMT
Tufted Titmouse Bath Time-4 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/tufted-titmouse-bath-time-4 Tufted Titmouse Bath Time-4Tufted Titmouse Bath Time-4How cute is this tufted titmouse bathing in a puddle along the trail? It was enjoying the ice cold bath and then would shake until it looked like one of the spiky sweet gum balls that surrounded it on the ground.

Tufted Titmouse Bath TimeTufted Titmouse Bath TimeHow cute is this tufted titmouse bathing in a puddle along the trail? It was enjoying the ice cold bath and then would shake until it looked like one of the spiky sweet gum balls that surrounded it on the ground. Tufted Titmouse Bath Time-3Tufted Titmouse Bath Time-3How cute is this tufted titmouse bathing in a puddle along the trail? It was enjoying the ice cold bath and then would shake until it looked like one of the spiky sweet gum balls that surrounded it on the ground. Tufted Titmouse Bath Time-2Tufted Titmouse Bath Time-2How cute is this tufted titmouse bathing in a puddle along the trail? It was enjoying the ice cold bath and then would shake until it looked like one of the spiky sweet gum balls that surrounded it on the ground.

How cute is this tufted titmouse bathing in a puddle along the trail? It was enjoying the ice cold bath and then would shake until it looked like one of the spiky sweet gum balls that surrounded it on the ground.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm balls bath bird canon central comlara county eos evergreen f/5.6l gum illinois lake mclean nature park r sweet titmouse tufted water wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/tufted-titmouse-bath-time-4 Sun, 28 Feb 2021 19:07:43 GMT
What a Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/what-a-sunset What a SunsetWhat a SunsetI was blessed with this incredible sunset on the way home from photographing birds at Lake Evergreen tonight. I pulled down a country road so I could pull over and this was the spot that spoke to me. I decided to make this a 3 image panoramic to capture the full beauty of the scene.

 

I was blessed with this incredible sunset on the way home from photographing birds at Lake Evergreen tonight. I pulled down a country road so I could pull over and this was the spot that spoke to me. I decided to make this a 3 image panoramic to capture the full beauty of the scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon central colors country eos f/4l illinois landscape midwest nature panoramic r rural sunset www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/what-a-sunset Sun, 28 Feb 2021 01:47:35 GMT
Saturday Morning in Central Illinois https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/saturday-morning-in-the-midwest Saturday Morning in the MidwestSaturday Morning in the MidwestThe full moon was beautiful this morning. I found this sleepy little farm north of Bloomington, IL to make this image.

 

The full moon was beautiful this morning. I found this sleepy little farm north of Bloomington, IL to make this image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon central eos f/4l il landscape midwest moon morning nature r saturday sky sleepy www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/saturday-morning-in-the-midwest Sat, 27 Feb 2021 19:01:54 GMT
Texture https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/texture TextureTextureI was struck by the various examples of texture in this scene. The board of the dock leading into the rocks and prairie grass followed by the trees and incredible clouds. All of these layers demonstrate a rich variety of texture.

 

I was struck by the various examples of texture in this scene. The board of the dock leading into the rocks and prairie grass followed by the trees and incredible clouds. All of these layers demonstrate a rich variety of texture.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 canon central colors county eos evergreen f/2.8l illinois lake landscape mclean midwest nature r texture www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/texture Sat, 27 Feb 2021 01:43:39 GMT
Spotted https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/spotted SpottedSpottedI think she spotted me before I spotted her but, ultimately, we were both spotted. I appreciate the simplicity of this lone deer in a snowy field before dusk.

 

I think she spotted me before I spotted her but, ultimately, we were both spotted. I appreciate the simplicity of this lone deer in a snowy field before dusk.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central eos f/5.6l illinois landscape midwest nature r snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/spotted Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:18:06 GMT
As Dusk Nears https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/as-dusk-nears As Dusk NearsAs Dusk NearsI love these moments of the day just as the sun sets and the light is at its best. It is a magical and peaceful moment that never seems to last long enough yet provides the much-needed time to recharge.

 

I love these moments of the day just as the sun sets and the light is at its best. It is a magical and peaceful moment that never seems to last long enough yet provides the much-needed time to recharge.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm art barn beauty canon central colors dusk eos f/5.6l illinois landscape midwest nature r sunset www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/as-dusk-nears Mon, 22 Feb 2021 22:13:07 GMT
Young White Tail https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/young-white-tail Young White TailYoung White TailA cute youngling slowly walks through the snow...such a sweet face.

 

A cute youngling slowly walks through the snow...such a sweet face.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central deer eos f/5.6l illinois midwest nature r snow wildlife winter woods www.troymarcyphotography.com youngling https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/young-white-tail Mon, 22 Feb 2021 00:53:33 GMT
Snowy Field Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/snowy-field-sunset Snowy Field SunsetSnowy Field SunsetI went out with the hopes of finding some wildlife this evening and while I found a few pretty images, the sunset stole the show. Nothing like getting a Malibu sunset with some Midwest snow on the fields. It was worth pulling the car over to grab an image.

 

I went out with the hopes of finding some wildlife this evening and while I found a few pretty images, the sunset stole the show. Nothing like getting a Malibu sunset with some Midwest snow on the fields. It was worth pulling the car over to grab an image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 canon colors dreamy eos f/2.9l illinois landscape midwest nature r sunset warmth winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/snowy-field-sunset Sun, 21 Feb 2021 02:11:24 GMT
Midwest Winter Tones https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/midwest-winter-tones Midwest Winter TonesMidwest Winter TonesI love the color palate of winter and especially the tones in this image. The muted blues and beige colors work incredibly well together. I find these tones soothing and peaceful.

 

I love the color palate of winter and especially the tones in this image. The muted blues and beige colors work incredibly well together. I find these tones soothing and peaceful.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central colors county eos f/5.6l farm illinois landscape mclean midwest nature r tones www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/midwest-winter-tones Sun, 14 Feb 2021 17:18:35 GMT
Evening Meal https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/evening-meal Evening MealEvening MealA peaceful scene of several does enjoying a meal before before sunset. There wasn't much available light for this image, but I'm happy with the results.

 

A peaceful scene of several does enjoying a meal before before sunset. There wasn't much available light for this image, but I'm happy with the results.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central county deer dusk eos evening f/5.6l fields illinois landscape light low mammals mclean midwest nature r wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/evening-meal Sun, 14 Feb 2021 02:33:28 GMT
Hunting Fox https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/hunting-fox Hunting FoxHunting FoxI interrupted this fox as he was hunting just before sunset...either that or he was pooping. I'd like to think he was hunting.

 

I interrupted this fox as he was hunting just before sunset...either that or he was pooping. I'd like to think he was hunting.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central eos f/5.6l fox illinois landscape light low midwest nature r red rural snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/hunting-fox Sat, 13 Feb 2021 06:41:54 GMT
Illinois Farm in the Winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/illinois-farm-in-the-winter Illinois Farm in the WinterIllinois Farm in the WinterSimple black and white landscape of a farm in the winter.

 

Simple black and white landscape of a farm in the winter.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm and b&w black canon eos f/5.6l illinois landscape midwest nature r rural white https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/illinois-farm-in-the-winter Fri, 12 Feb 2021 00:42:28 GMT
Horned Lark on the Roadside https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/horned-lark-on-the-roadside Horned Lark on the RoadsideHorned Lark on the RoadsideHorned Larks typically fly off before I can get close enough, but this little guy stayed long enough to give me a good look and photo.

 

Horned Larks typically fly off before I can get close enough, but this little guy stayed long enough to give me a good look and photo.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central eos f/5.6l illinois midwest nature r rural snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/horned-lark-on-the-roadside Wed, 10 Feb 2021 23:42:37 GMT
Lurking in the Grass https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/lurking-in-the-grass Lurking in the GrassLurking in the GrassSo I went for a rural drive tonight to see if I could find some pretty winter landscapes to photograph. I went East of town towards Moraine View State Park. As the sun was setting, I spotted something moving in the field along the road. Sure enough my 3rd fox of 2021. 1 in my backyard and 2 more on completely different sides of Bloomington/Normal. I went years without being able to get a photo of these beautiful animals and now I've been blessed with 3 already. This image isn't the strongest as I was nearly out of light but I wanted to share it anyway because the scene was just so pretty.

 

So I went for a rural drive tonight to see if I could find some pretty winter landscapes to photograph. I went East of town towards Moraine View State Park. As the sun was setting, I spotted something moving in the field along the road. Sure enough my 3rd fox of 2021. 1 in my backyard and 2 more on completely different sides of Bloomington/Normal. I went years without being able to get a photo of these beautiful animals and now I've been blessed with 3 already. This image isn't the strongest as I was nearly out of light but I wanted to share it anyway because the scene was just so pretty.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm animal canon country county eos f/5.6l fox illinois light low mclean midwest nature r rural sunset wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/lurking-in-the-grass Wed, 10 Feb 2021 02:13:25 GMT
Dark-eyed Junco Found a Patch to Feed https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/dark-eyed-junco-found-a-patch-to-feed Dark-eyed Junco Found a Patch to FeedDark-eyed Junco Found a Patch to FeedThis sweet little dark-eyed junco found a small patch of grass to find something to eat.

 

This sweet little dark-eyed junco found a small patch of grass to find something to eat.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon dark-eyed eos f/5.6l feeding junco nature r snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/dark-eyed-junco-found-a-patch-to-feed Tue, 09 Feb 2021 00:25:23 GMT
Midwest Beauty https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/midwest-beauty Midwest BeautyMidwest BeautyThere is beauty all over the Midwest. In my pursuit for the next nature/wildlife image, I stumble upon many breathtaking scenes, especially some of these old barns that litter the Midwest countryside. Catching them in the right light and angle leads to some beautiful and iconic Midwest scenes.

 

There is beauty all over the Midwest. In my pursuit for the next nature/wildlife image, I stumble upon many breathtaking scenes, especially some of these old barns that litter the Midwest countryside. Catching them in the right light and angle leads to some beautiful and iconic Midwest scenes.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon eos f/5.6l fields landscape midwest r rural winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/midwest-beauty Sun, 07 Feb 2021 16:57:54 GMT
Fox Stare as the Snow Begins to Fall https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/fox-stare-as-the-snow-begins-to-fall Fox Stare as the Snow Begins to FallFox Stare as the Snow Begins to FallI was gifted this encounter with a beautiful fox this afternoon. It was just as the snow started falling. You can see the snow flakes starting to accumulate on its head and back. He really did stand out beautifully against the dull winter grasses. Such a beautiful animal.

 

I was gifted this encounter with a beautiful fox this afternoon. It was just as the snow started falling. You can see the snow flakes starting to accumulate on its head and back. He really did stand out beautifully against the dull winter grasses. Such a beautiful animal.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon central eos evergreen f/5.6l fox illinois lake mammal midwest nature r snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/fox-stare-as-the-snow-begins-to-fall Sun, 07 Feb 2021 00:43:57 GMT
Pretty Robin in a Juniper Tree https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/pretty-robin-in-a-juniper-tree Pretty Robin in a Juniper TreePretty Robin in a Juniper TreeOne of my favorite little trees to check this time of year because it attracts all kinds of birds looking for food is this Juniper Tree. On this particular afternoon, I found an American Robin all nestled in, keeping warm, and eating the berries.

 

One of my favorite little trees to check this time of year because it attracts all kinds of birds looking for food is this Juniper Tree. On this particular afternoon, I found an American Robin all nestled in, keeping warm, and eating the berries.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american berries bird canon eos evergreen f/5.6l juniper lake nature r robin tree wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/pretty-robin-in-a-juniper-tree Sat, 06 Feb 2021 19:29:05 GMT
A Doe at Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/a-doe-at-sunset A Doe at SunsetA Doe at SunsetI usually always see deer in the fields around Lake Evergreen in the evening, but they typically just blend in with the brown fields and the low light. As I rounded the corner, I caught this moment of a doe silhouetted nicely against the sunset. It was a beautiful sight. I was thankful for the quick pose she gave me.

 

I usually always see deer in the fields around Lake Evergreen in the evening, but they typically just blend in with the brown fields and the low light. As I rounded the corner, I caught this moment of a doe silhouetted nicely against the sunset. It was a beautiful sight. I was thankful for the quick pose she gave me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon central colors deer doe eos illinois landscape midwest nature r silhouette sunset wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/a-doe-at-sunset Fri, 05 Feb 2021 23:17:43 GMT
The Last Bit of Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/the-last-bit-of-light The Last Bit of LightThe Last Bit of LightIce fishermen pulling their sleds of gear on their way back from a day of ice fishing. As they walked by they said "sorry" for messing up my sunset image. I let the know that, if anything, they made the image even better. As any fisherman would do, I asked how they fared. They said they caught several crappie and white bass. Sounds like a great day ending with a great sunset.

 

Ice fishermen pulling their sleds of gear on their way back from a day of ice fishing. As they walked by they said "sorry" for messing up my sunset image. I let the know that, if anything, they made the image even better. As any fisherman would do, I asked how they fared. They said they caught several crappie and white bass. Sounds like a great day ending with a great sunset.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 canon central county eos f/2.8l fishing ice illinois lake landscape mclean midwest nature r rays winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/the-last-bit-of-light Fri, 05 Feb 2021 00:10:43 GMT
Reflection of Colors https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/reflection-of-colors Reflection of ColorsReflection of ColorsTonight's sunset was beautiful. I had tonight marked on my calendar for the past week because the app I use indicated that the conditions were looking prime for the best sunset of the week. It did not disappoint. I wanted to get some light reflection off of the ice. I found a cove with some thick ice with some nice features for the foreground. It was so beautiful and peaceful out on the ice.

 

Tonight's sunset was beautiful. I had tonight marked on my calendar for the past week because the app I use indicated that the conditions were looking prime for the best sunset of the week. It did not disappoint. I wanted to get some light reflection off of the ice. I found a cove with some thick ice with some nice features for the foreground. It was so beautiful and peaceful out on the ice.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 canon central colors eos evergreen f/2.8l ice illinois lake landscape midwest nature r winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/reflection-of-colors Thu, 04 Feb 2021 03:06:41 GMT
B&W Eagle Wingspan https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/b-w-eagle-wingspan B&W Eagle WingspanB&W Eagle WingspanHere is another, previously unedited, eagle image from the archives taken from 2016. Check out this full wing extension. The sun was back-lighting the tail feathers beautifully.

 

Here is another, previously unedited, eagle image from the archives taken from 2016. Check out this full wing extension. The sun was back-lighting the tail feathers beautifully.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 14 400mm 7d and b&w bald bird black canon dam eagle f/5.6l l&d14 lock mississippi nature river white wildlife wingspan www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/b-w-eagle-wingspan Wed, 03 Feb 2021 04:07:39 GMT
Dreaming of Eagle Flyovers https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/dreaming-of-eagle-flyovers Dreaming of Eagle FlyoversDreaming of Eagle FlyoversI'm really missing seeing these beautiful eagles on the Mississippi River. I decided to dig through my archives to edit some old images that I saved for a rainy day. Here is one from 2016 of a beautiful close flyover. I'm hoping to revisit more images from the past to add to my Eagle album.

 

I'm really missing seeing these beautiful eagles on the Mississippi River. I decided to dig through my archives to edit some old images that I saved for a rainy day. Here is one from 2016 of a beautiful close flyover. I'm hoping to revisit more images from the past to add to my Eagle album.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm 7d bald bird canon eagle f/5.6l in-flight l&d14 mississippi nature river wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/2/dreaming-of-eagle-flyovers Tue, 02 Feb 2021 01:23:45 GMT
Dark-eyed Junco Showing off the Markings https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/dark-eyed-junco-showing-off-the-markings Dark-eyed Junco Showing off the MarkingsDark-eyed Junco Showing off the MarkingsA beautiful little Dark-eyed Junco was sitting among the icy and snowy branches and showing off the beautiful markings on its back. I love the little flashes of white these birds give as they fly away. So many birds this time of year have messy beaks from eating from the side of the snowy/salty roads.

 

A beautiful little Dark-eyed Junco was sitting among the icy and snowy branches and showing off the beautiful markings on its back. I love the little flashes of white these birds give as they fly away. So many birds this time of year have messy beaks from eating from the side of the snowy/salty roads.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon central county dark-eyed eos f/5.6l feathers ice illinois junco markings mclean midwest nature r snow wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/dark-eyed-junco-showing-off-the-markings Sun, 31 Jan 2021 19:42:46 GMT
Winter Female Cardinal https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-female-cardinal Winter Female CardinalWinter Female CardinalThe snow-covered trees gave me a small window to photograph this pretty female cardinal. The limbs framed her well.

 

The snow-covered trees gave me a small window to photograph this pretty female cardinal. The limbs framed her well.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon cardinal central county eos f/5.6l ice illinois mclean moraine nature park r snow state view wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-female-cardinal Sat, 30 Jan 2021 22:31:05 GMT
Deer Crossing Ahead https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/deer-crossing-ahead Deer Crossing AheadDeer Crossing AheadA beautiful scene as 2 deer cross the road in front of me.

 

A beautiful scene as 2 white-tailed deer cross the road in front of me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm beauty canon deer eos f/5.6l golden hour landscape nature r sunset whitetail wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/deer-crossing-ahead Sat, 30 Jan 2021 02:20:51 GMT
Bald Eagle at Sunset on the Mackinaw https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/bald-eagle-at-sunset-on-the-mackinaw Bald Eagle at Sunset on the MackinawBald Eagle at Sunset on the MackinawWhen I took this image I didn't think it would turn out. I tried to expose for the eagle while still preserving the sunset. I took a few images at various exposures and with some editing was able to preserve enough detail to make the image work. I just feel lucky to be able to see eagles so close to home on the Mackinaw River.

 

When I took this image I didn't think it would turn out. I tried to expose for the eagle while still preserving the sunset. I took a few images at various exposures and with some editing was able to preserve enough detail to make the image work. I just feel lucky to be able to see eagles so close to home on the Mackinaw River.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 1.4ex 400mm bald bird canon central eagle eos f/5.6l golden hour illinois landscape mackinaw midwest nature r river sunset wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/bald-eagle-at-sunset-on-the-mackinaw Fri, 29 Jan 2021 05:26:15 GMT
Weathered Old Barn https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/weathered-old-barn Weathered Old BarnWeathered Old BarnI've photographed this barn before but with each passing season, it gains more character. The stories this old barn could tell...

 

I've photographed this barn before but with each passing season, it gains more character. The stories this old barn could tell...

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 barn canon central eos f/4l illinois landscape midwest nature r red rural seasons snow winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/weathered-old-barn Wed, 27 Jan 2021 21:00:40 GMT
Winter Path https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-path Winter PathWinter PathWinter trails are some of my favorite to explore. They offer a cool and refreshing air with a silence that hits different than the other seasons. With an added fresh blanket of snow, they can lead to some absolutely beautiful scenes. Don't neglect the winter trails.

 

Winter trails are some of my favorite to explore. They offer a cool and refreshing air with a silence that hits different than the other seasons. With an added fresh blanket of snow, they can lead to some absolutely beautiful scenes. Don't neglect the winter trails.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon eos f/4l hike illinois landscape midwest nature path r rural snow trail walk winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-path Mon, 25 Jan 2021 23:09:29 GMT
Perched Eagle in a Winter Scene on the Mackinaw River https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/perched-eagle-in-a-winter-scene-on-the-mackinaw-river Perched Eagle in a Winter Scene on the Mackinaw RiverPerched Eagle in a Winter Scene on the Mackinaw RiverTaken last week (1-17-21) during the snowfall on the Mackinaw River. Simple black and white of a beautiful and serene scene. I hope this image brings thoughts of peace on this Sunday.

 

Taken last week (1-17-21) during the snowfall on the Mackinaw River. Simple black and white of a beautiful and serene scene. I hope this image brings thoughts of peace on this Sunday.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 b&w bald bird canon eagle eos f/4l landscape mackinaw nature peace r river serene snow winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/perched-eagle-in-a-winter-scene-on-the-mackinaw-river Sun, 24 Jan 2021 18:35:01 GMT
Central Illinois Eagle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/central-illinois-eagle Central Illinois EagleCentral Illinois EagleI was able to escape for a little camera time this evening after school. I decided to venture out to the Mackinaw River as I remember seeing a couple of eagles fly over last time I was there, and I was hoping maybe I could get some birds in better light. I was treated to 4 bald eagles perched in a tree...2 mature and 2 juveniles. Unfortunately I couldn't get as close as I wanted and the angle and lighting wasn't ideal, but that didn't stop me from enjoying watching them fly around, talk to each other and perch in the tree. This is probably my favorite image of one of the males taking off form the tree. I wish I had the sun behind me to illuminate the face but I just love the pose. It was so nice seeing some eagles in Central Illinois.

 

I was able to escape for a little camera time this evening after school. I decided to venture out to the Mackinaw River as I remember seeing a couple of eagles fly over last time I was there, and I was hoping maybe I could get some birds in better light. I was treated to 4 bald eagles perched in a tree...2 mature and 2 juveniles. Unfortunately I couldn't get as close as I wanted and the angle and lighting wasn't ideal, but that didn't stop me from enjoying watching them fly around, talk to each other and perch in the tree. This is probably my favorite image of one of the males taking off form the tree. I wish I had the sun behind me to illuminate the face but I just love the pose. It was so nice seeing some eagles in Central Illinois.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 1.4x 400mm action american bald bird canon central county eagle eos extender f/5.6l flight grain illinois in light low mackinaw nature r river tazwell wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/central-illinois-eagle Sat, 23 Jan 2021 03:09:17 GMT
Barn in the Valley with Snow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/barn-in-the-valley-with-snow Barn in the Valley with SnowBarn in the Valley with SnowA pretty scene of an old bard in the Mackinaw River Valley with the snow coming down.

 

A pretty scene of an old bard in the Mackinaw River Valley with the snow coming down.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm barn canon eos f/5.6l illinois landscape midwest nature r serene. snow winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/barn-in-the-valley-with-snow Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:26:12 GMT
Sea of Starlings https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/sea-of-starlings Sea of StarlingsSea of StarlingsThis sea of starlings wasn't easy to capture but I love the results of this image. Beauty among the chaos of wings, feathers, beaks, and snow.

 

This sea of starlings wasn't easy to capture but I love the results of this image. Beauty among the chaos of wings, feathers, beaks, and snow.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon eos f/5.6l fields flocks illinois midwest nature r snow starlings wildlife wings winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/sea-of-starlings Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:29:47 GMT
Field of Starlings in the Snow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/field-of-starlings-in-the-snow Field of Starlings in the SnowField of Starlings in the SnowWhen I found this field of spent sunflowers, I didn't anticipate the number of birds that were feeding in the field and on the old stalks. I saw movement and then I saw the entire flock fly up in the air and land again on the dried up sunflowers. As I approached, you can imagine the sound of all of these birds, which combined with the falling snow, made for a beautiful scene.

 

When I found this field of spent sunflowers, I didn't anticipate the number of birds that were feeding in the field and on the old stalks. I saw movement and then I saw the entire flock fly up in the air and land again on the dried up sunflowers. As I approached, you can imagine the sound of all of these birds, which combined with the falling snow, made for a beautiful scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon eos f/5.6l fields illinois landscape midwest nature r snow starlings sunflowers wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/field-of-starlings-in-the-snow Wed, 20 Jan 2021 02:29:02 GMT
The Beauty of Seasons https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-beauty-of-seasons The Beauty of SeasonsThe Beauty of SeasonsRemnants of Summer and Fall blanketed by Winter. I know Illinois weather can be difficult, unpredictable, and wreck havoc on my sinuses, but I sure would miss my seasons.

 

Remnants of Summer and Fall blanketed by Winter. I know Illinois weather can be difficult, unpredictable, and wreck havoc on my sinuses, but I sure would miss my seasons.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400 art beauty canon change eos f/5.6l flower landscape nature r seasons sun winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-beauty-of-seasons Mon, 18 Jan 2021 18:11:25 GMT
Belted Kingfisher on a Wire https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/belted-kingfisher-on-a-wire Belted Kingfisher on a WireBelted Kingfisher on a WireThe snow didn't stop this belted kingfisher from intently watching the Mackinaw River below for an afternoon meal.

 

The snow didn't stop this belted kingfisher from intently watching the Mackinaw River below for an afternoon meal.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) belted canon eos r central illinois kingfisher nature rural drive snow winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/belted-kingfisher-on-a-wire Mon, 18 Jan 2021 17:12:04 GMT
Cardinal on a Snowy Fence https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/cardinal-on-a-snowy-fence Cardinal on a Snowy FenceCardinal on a Snowy FenceI can't seem to pass up a split rail fence covered with snow especially when there is a beautiful red cardinal involved all while it is snowing. Sometimes nature gives little gifts if we are looking.

 

I can't seem to pass up a split rail fence covered with snow especially when there is a beautiful red cardinal involved all while it is snowing. Sometimes nature gives little gifts if we are looking.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon eos f/5.6l illinois landscape midwest nature r rural snow wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/cardinal-on-a-snowy-fence Mon, 18 Jan 2021 08:45:19 GMT
Rural Winter Landscape https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/rural-winter-landscape Rural Winter LandscapeRural Winter LandscapeJust a simple rural winter landscape with mood.

 

Just a simple rural winter landscape with mood.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon county eos f/4l farm illinois landscape mclean midwest nature r rural windmills winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/rural-winter-landscape Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:14:36 GMT
Great Blue Heron Enjoying Winter Peace https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/great-blue-heron-enjoying-winter-peace Great Blue Heron Enjoying Winter PeaceGreat Blue Heron Enjoying Winter PeaceA Great Blue Heron chilling in this peaceful winter cove made for a serene scene.

 

A Great Blue Heron chilling in this peaceful winter cove made for a serene scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 art canon county dawson eos f/4l ice lake landscape mclean midwest moraine nature park peaceful r rural serene snow state view wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/great-blue-heron-enjoying-winter-peace Wed, 13 Jan 2021 22:55:03 GMT
Winter Creek Bed https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-creek-bed Winter Creek BedWinter Creek BedThe water levels at Dawson Lake were already very low so when the ice and snow storm hit, it created this beautiful scene of the creek winding through the snow. There was a haze hanging in the air creating a beautiful atmosphere. The beautiful ice-covered trees speak for themselves.

 

The water levels at Dawson Lake were already very low so when the ice and snow storm hit, it created this beautiful scene of the creek winding through the snow. There was a haze hanging in the air creating a beautiful atmosphere. The beautiful ice-covered trees speak for themselves.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon county creek dawson eos f/4l fog haze ice illinois lake landscape mclean midwest moraine nature park r snow state view water www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-creek-bed Fri, 08 Jan 2021 20:27:39 GMT
Do You Want to Have a Picnic? https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/do-you-want-to-have-a-picnic Do You Want to Have a Picnic?Do You Want to Have a Picnic?This looks like a COOL place to have a picnic.

 

This looks like a COOL place to have a picnic.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon dawson eos f/5.6l ice lake landscape moraine nature park picnic r snow state trees view winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/do-you-want-to-have-a-picnic Fri, 08 Jan 2021 04:50:01 GMT
Pileated Woodpecker is 2021 Bird of the Year https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/pileated-woodpecker-is-2021-bird-of-the-year Pileated Woodpecker is 2021 Bird of the YearPileated Woodpecker is 2021 Bird of the YearThe Pileated Woodpecker is ABA's 2021 Bird of the Year. It just so happens I spotted my second ever pileated woodpecker this week at Moraine View State Park. I heard it working on a tree and then I heard the call. After I spotted the first, I spotted a second flying a little further in among the trees. Not a bad way to start January, seeing 2 pileated woodpeckers in the first week.

 

The Pileated Woodpecker is ABA's 2021 Bird of the Year. It just so happens I spotted my second ever pileated woodpecker this week at Moraine View State Park. I heard it working on a tree and then I heard the call. After I spotted the first, I spotted a second flying a little further in among the trees. Not a bad way to start January, seeing 2 pileated woodpeckers in the first week.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2021 400mm bird canon county dawson eos f/5.6l illinois lake mclean midwest moraine nature of park pileated r state the view wildlife woodpecker www.troymarcyphotography.com year https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/pileated-woodpecker-is-2021-bird-of-the-year Thu, 07 Jan 2021 19:28:18 GMT
Alone in Thought https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/alone-in-thought Alone in ThoughtAlone in ThoughtPeace, solitude, and alone in thought.

 

Peace, solitude, and alone in thought.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 alone canon county dawson eos f/4l fishing ice illinois lake landscape mclean midwest moraine nature park peace r snow state thoughts trees view winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/alone-in-thought Thu, 07 Jan 2021 04:31:43 GMT
Winter Oasis https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-oasis Winter OasisWinter OasisThe sense of peace that comes over me when I find spots like this to think about my composition and camera settings while in nature is what photography is all about. These moments of clarity and thoughtfulness allow me to be creative and tune out all of the distractions of the world. My wish is for everyone to be able to find the kind of peace.

 

The sense of peace that comes over me when I find spots like this to think about my composition and camera settings while in nature is what photography is all about. These moments of clarity and thoughtfulness allow me to be creative and tune out all of the distractions of the world. My wish is for everyone to be able to find this kind of peace.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 art beauty canon county eos f/4l ice illinois landscape mclean midwest nature oasis peace r snow winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-oasis Wed, 06 Jan 2021 21:34:02 GMT
Silver Scene https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/silver-scene Silver SceneSilver SceneThere were multiple scenes that took my breath away including this view of the snowy banks along the lake with the trees covered in ice. The whole scene glistened of silver and white. This is not a black and white. You can see the blue of the ice and there is a little yellow shack that barely shows through the trees in the far left side of the image. What a view!

 

There were multiple scenes that took my breath away including this view of the snowy banks along the lake with the trees covered in ice. The whole scene glistened of silver and white. This is not a black and white. You can see the blue of the ice and there is a little yellow shack that barely shows through the trees in the far left side of the image. What a view!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 beauty canon clean county dawson eos f/4l illinois lake landscape mclean midwest moraine nature park r scenic silver state view winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/silver-scene Wed, 06 Jan 2021 04:11:24 GMT
Tufted Titmouse on a Snowy Branch https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/tufted-titmouse-on-a-snowy-branch Tufted Titmouse on a Snowy BranchTufted Titmouse on a Snowy BranchToday is National Bird Day which, naturally, calls for a bird image. Here is one of my favorite little birds to watch in the winter...the tufted titmouse. This was taken on Sunday. Looks like this little guy still has lunch on his beak.

 

Today is National Bird Day which, naturally, calls for a bird image. Here is one of my favorite little birds to watch in the winter...the tufted titmouse. This was taken on Sunday. Looks like this little guy still has lunch on his beak.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon country dawson day eos f/5.6l illinois lake midwest moraine national nature park r state titmouse tufted view wildlife winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/tufted-titmouse-on-a-snowy-branch Tue, 05 Jan 2021 19:53:49 GMT
Red Barn in the Midwest Tundra https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/red-barn-in-the-midwest-tundra Red Barn in the Midwest TundraRed Barn in the Midwest TundraI've always been a sucker for red barns and this one caught my eye among the fields of snow and trees of ice.

 

I've always been a sucker for red barns and this one caught my eye among the fields of snow and trees of ice.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 calm canon country county eos f/4l illinois landscape mclean midwest peace r rural scenes winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/red-barn-in-the-midwest-tundra Mon, 04 Jan 2021 22:54:26 GMT
Flying in a Winter Wonderland https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/flying-in-a-winter-wonderland Flying in a Winter WonderlandFlying in a Winter WonderlandWhat a beautiful morning it was at Dawson Lake this morning. I spent several hours making images. Here is the first of many to come. I can't imagine how beautiful it must be for these geese to fly over the Moraine View State Park while it is blanketed in ice and snow.

 

What a beautiful morning it was at Dawson Lake this morning. I spent several hours making images. Here is the first of many to come. I can't imagine how beautiful it must be for these geese to fly over the Moraine View State Park while it is blanketed in ice and snow.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon county dawson eos f/5.6l flight geese illinois in lake landscape mclean midwest moraine nature park r state view wildlife winter wonderland www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/flying-in-a-winter-wonderland Mon, 04 Jan 2021 06:24:43 GMT
Deer in the Thickets https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/deer-in-the-thickets Deer in the ThicketsDeer in the ThicketsI watched about 30 deer cross the street from the plowed fields to this amazingly lit prairie grass. I was patient and let them cross from a distance with the hopes that I might be able to spot them for an image as I drove by. I was blessed wit this small window into the grass where several were looking out at me. The lighting was magical.

 

I watched about 30 deer cross the street from the plowed fields to this amazingly lit prairie grass. I was patient and let them cross from a distance with the hopes that I might be able to spot them for an image as I drove by. I was blessed wit this small window into the grass where several were looking out at me. The lighting was magical.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm art canon deer eos f/5.6l grass illuminated mammals nature prairie r tones warm wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/deer-in-the-thickets Sat, 02 Jan 2021 22:34:31 GMT
Winter Tree of 2020 https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-tree-of-2020 Winter Tree of 2020Winter Tree of 2020One of my last images of 2020. This lone tree in a quiet field on a hazy, winter day struck the right mood for the moment. A simple black and white edit completed the image.

 

One of my last images of 2020. This lone tree in a quiet field on a hazy, winter day struck the right mood for the moment. A simple black and white edit completed the image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm b&w canon eos f/5.6l hazy landscape lone mood nature r tree winter www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2021/1/winter-tree-of-2020 Fri, 01 Jan 2021 23:40:13 GMT
Field Catching the Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/field-catching-the-light Field Catching the LightField Catching the LightI couldn't pass up this grass field as it caught the sunlight at dusk.

 

I couldn't pass up this grass field as it caught the sunlight at dusk.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm art canon colors county drive dusk eos f/5.6l landscape mclean nature r rural sunset warmth www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/field-catching-the-light Tue, 22 Dec 2020 22:27:19 GMT
Winter Solstice Moon https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/winter-solstice-moon Winter Solstice MoonWinter Solstice MoonWe were able to see and get a blurry image of the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter but nothing post worthy. The moon, however, was looking very photogenic. Enjoy the winter solstice moon of 2020.

 

We were able to see and get a blurry image of the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter but nothing post worthy. The moon, however, was looking very photogenic. Enjoy the winter solstice moon of 2020.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) astral photography canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r conjunction jupiter moon nature night saturn sky winter solstice www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/winter-solstice-moon Tue, 22 Dec 2020 02:14:43 GMT
Moraine View State Park Deer at Dusk https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/moraine-view-state-park-deer-at-dusk Moraine View State Park Deer at DuskMoraine View State Park Deer at DuskI was able to go for a short drive at dusk tonight for the first time in quite awhile. There weren't many opportunities but this doe was blending in nicely along the banks Dawson Lake. The light wasn't great but the scene was too pretty not to photograph.

 

I was able to go for a short drive at dusk tonight for the first time in quite awhile. There weren't many opportunities but this doe was blending in nicely along the banks Dawson Lake. The light wasn't great but the scene was too pretty not to photograph.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county dawson deer doe dusk eos f/5.6l illinois lake landscape light low mclean moraine nature park r scenic state view wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/12/moraine-view-state-park-deer-at-dusk Mon, 21 Dec 2020 05:53:00 GMT
The Greatest of These is Love https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/the-greatest-of-these-is-love The Greatest of These is LoveThe Greatest of These is LoveI've been to this Chapel in the Trees at Funk's Grove many times, but this scene on this particular Fall day struck me. The way the backlit cross was surrounded by the golden fall leaves as the midday sunrays pierced the canopy of color, it brought an extra calm and comfort to thoughts. I know things are incredibly dark, frustrating, sad, and, at times, out of control, but this moment helped me remember First Corinthians 13:13. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." I'm so thankful I was able to have this moment and photograph it. God's light is the constant that can pierce any dark. I can't control the hearts and minds of others; but I can continue to keep faith, hope and love alive and strong in my heart and prayers...the greatest of these is Love.

 

I've been to this Chapel in the Trees at Funk's Grove many times, but this scene on this particular Fall day struck me. The way the backlit cross was surrounded by the golden fall leaves as the midday sunrays pierced the canopy of color, it brought an extra calm and comfort to thoughts. I know things are incredibly dark, frustrating, sad, and, at times, out of control, but this moment helped me remember First Corinthians 13:13. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." I'm so thankful I was able to have this moment and photograph it. God's light is the constant that can pierce any dark. I can't control the hearts and minds of others; but I can continue to keep faith, hope and love alive and strong in my heart and prayers...the greatest of these is Love.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 13:13 24-70 autumn biblical canon color corinthians dark eos f/2.8l faith fall funks grove hope illinois light love midwest nature peace r rays scenes spiritual https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/the-greatest-of-these-is-love Tue, 27 Oct 2020 20:47:39 GMT
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I was able to get out and photograph some of the beautiful fall colors today.  I made trips to 3 of my favorite spots in McLean county...Moraine View, Funk's Grove, and Comlara Park.  I'm not sure if I'll get many more opportunities this season so I tried to make the best of it.  It is important to get out and enjoy some fresh air, cool temps, and the beautiful colors to help calm these stressful times.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 autumn canon county eos fall illinois mclean midwest nature r https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/10/fall-scenes-in-mclean-county-illinois-4 Sun, 25 Oct 2020 01:24:51 GMT
Preparing for Winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/preparing-for-winter Preparing for WinterPreparing for WinterThis squirrel was busy preparing for winter by fattening up on a nut. He was loud and crumbs were falling!

 

This squirrel was busy preparing for winter by fattening up on a nut. He was loud and crumbs were falling!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon eos ewing f/5.6l fall for mirrorless nature park preparing r squirrel wildlife winter https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/preparing-for-winter Mon, 07 Sep 2020 16:25:40 GMT
Bee on a Blooming Thistle https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/bee-on-a-blooming-thistle Bee on a Blooming ThistleBee on a Blooming ThistleThe colors of this bee enjoying a blooming thistle plant caught my eye while I was looking for warblers. I only had my long 400mm lens on but it I was still able to get an image.

 

The colors of this bee enjoying a blooming thistle plant caught my eye while I was looking for warblers. I only had my long 400mm lens on but it I was still able to get an image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bee bird bloom canon colors eos ewing f/5.6l fall insect macro migration mirrorless nature park r thistle wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/bee-on-a-blooming-thistle Sun, 06 Sep 2020 20:23:17 GMT
Red-eyed Vireo Found a Fall Berry https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/red-eyed-vireo-found-a-fall-berry Red-eyed Vireo Found a Fall BerryRed-eyed Vireo Found a Fall BerryI found this red-eyed vireo yesterday at Ewing Park as it found a red berry. The fall migration has begun and I hope to see more beautiful migratory birds as they pass through. It isn't going to be very easy this time of year as the trees are still full of leaves making it hard to spot these small birds and making the lighting difficult for images. This image was taken at 12,800 ISO. This setting isn't ideal but the birds are just too cute not to photograph, so high ISO it is.

 

I found this red-eyed vireo yesterday at Ewing Park as it found a red berry. The fall migration has begun and I hope to see more beautiful migratory birds as they pass through. It isn't going to be very easy this time of year as the trees are still full of leaves making it hard to spot these small birds and making the lighting difficult for images. This image was taken at 12,800 ISO. This setting isn't ideal but the birds are just too cute not to photograph, so high ISO it is.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm berry bird canon eos ewing f/5.6l fall migration mirrorless nature park r red-eyed vireo wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/9/red-eyed-vireo-found-a-fall-berry Sun, 06 Sep 2020 01:56:57 GMT
Songs of Summer by a Song Sparrow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/songs-of-summer-by-a-song-sparrow Songs of Summer by a Song SparrowSongs of Summer by a Song SparrowBeautiful morning, beautiful colors, and a beautiful song. I'm going to miss summer.

 

Beautiful morning, beautiful colors, and a beautiful song. I'm going to miss summer.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bird canon colors country eos mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river song sparrow valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/songs-of-summer-by-a-song-sparrow Sat, 29 Aug 2020 17:12:50 GMT
Finding Light in the Shadows https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/finding-light-in-the-shadows Finding Light in the ShadowsFinding Light in the ShadowsSometimes the image is found in the shadows. Look for the light in all places...it is there if you look.

 

Sometimes the image is found in the shadows. Look for the light in all places...it is there if you look.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon country eos light mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river shadows sunflower valley vibrant www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/finding-light-in-the-shadows Sat, 29 Aug 2020 02:09:26 GMT
Monarch on a Milkweed https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/monarch-on-a-milkweed Monarch on a MilkweedMonarch on a MilkweedMonarchs and Milkweed - they just go together.

 

Monarchs and Milkweed - they just go together.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 butterfly canon country eos insect mackinaw macro midwest milkweed mirrorless monarch nature r river valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/monarch-on-a-milkweed Fri, 28 Aug 2020 01:06:08 GMT
King of the Field https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/king-of-the-field King of the FieldKing of the FieldI loved watching this male gold finch in the sunflower field. There were many birds around but this gold finch sure seemed in control of his immediate surrounding.

 

I loved watching this male gold finch in the sunflower field. There were many birds around but this gold finch sure seemed in control of his immediate surrounding.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon colors country eos fields finch gold mackinaw male midwest mirrorless nature perched r river sunflower valley www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/king-of-the-field Tue, 25 Aug 2020 20:31:31 GMT
Standing Out https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/standing-out Standing OutStanding OutThis sunflower wasn't afraid to stand out and shine bright.

 

This sunflower wasn't afraid to stand out and shine bright.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon eos r canon mirrorless country mackinaw river valley midwest nature shining bright standing out sunflower www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/standing-out Mon, 24 Aug 2020 21:24:48 GMT
Craving the Morning Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/craving-the-morning-light Craving the Morning Light-2Craving the Morning Light-2On a cool, damp, foggy morning, a sunflower stands tall craving the sun's warm light. Craving the Morning LightCraving the Morning LightOn a cool, damp, foggy morning, a sunflower stands tall craving the sun's warm light.

 

On a cool, damp, foggy morning, a sunflower stands tall craving the sun's warm light.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon eos r canon mirrorless color country dramatic landscape light mackinaw river valley midwest nature sunflower sunrise www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/craving-the-morning-light Sun, 23 Aug 2020 02:04:07 GMT
Sneaky Coyote on the Banks of the Mackinaw https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sneaky-coyote-on-the-banks-of-the-mackinaw Sneaky Coyote on the Banks of the MackinawSneaky Coyote on the Banks of the MackinawAs I was photographing the sunflowers atop the bluff along the Mackinaw River, I peeked over the side and spotted this coyote. I barely captured this image before it ducked into the brush. Most times when I see these coyotes it is too dark to get an image or they don't look real photogenic. This coyote was very healthy and quite large.

 

As I was photographing the sunflowers atop the bluff along the Mackinaw River, I peeked over the side and spotted this coyote. I barely captured this image before it ducked into the brush. Most times when I see these coyotes it is too dark to get an image or they don't look real photogenic. This coyote was very healthy and quite large.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon country coyote eos mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sneaky-coyote-on-the-banks-of-the-mackinaw Sat, 22 Aug 2020 00:55:47 GMT
Hummingbird and Butterfly- Sharing is Caring https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/hummingbird-and-butterfly--sharing-is-caring Hummingbird and Butterfly- Sharing is CaringHummingbird and Butterfly- Sharing is CaringHow about this cute photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird and a monarch butterfly sharing a single milkweed bloom. It was a happy surprise. I was photographing the butterfly on the milkweed when the hummingbird decided to photobomb the image. The two didn't seem upset at all.

 

How about this cute photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird and a monarch butterfly sharing a single milkweed bloom. It was a happy surprise. I was photographing the butterfly on the milkweed when the hummingbird decided to photobomb the image. The two didn't seem upset at all.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bloom butterfly canon country eos hummingbird mackinaw midwest milkweed mirrorless monarch nature r river ruby-throated sharing valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/hummingbird-and-butterfly--sharing-is-caring Thu, 20 Aug 2020 23:37:04 GMT
Sunflower Dew https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sunflower-dew Sunflower DewSunflower DewMake sure to zoom in on this one. There was a thick layer of morning dew when I took this image along with a blanket of fog earlier in the morning. The whole field was covered. You can see the droplets covering the sunflower petals. Sunflower Dew sounds like a great band name!

 

Make sure to zoom in on this one. There was a thick layer of morning dew when I took this image along with a blanket of fog earlier in the morning. The whole field was covered. You can see the droplets covering the sunflower petals. Sunflower Dew sounds like a great band name!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 art canon country dew drops eos mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river summer sunflower valley water www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sunflower-dew Sun, 16 Aug 2020 18:18:25 GMT
Patrolling the Sunflower Field https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/patrolling-the-sunflower-field   Patrolling the Sunflower FieldPatrolling the Sunflower FieldAnother image of the indigo bunting I shared from yesterday as he was hopping around in this sunflower field. Again, I feel blessed to be able to photograph this beautiful bird, in this beautiful field, under this beautiful light.

Summer Colors in Illinois FieldsSummer Colors in Illinois FieldsHere is the third and final image of the beautiful indigo bunting in the sunflower fields near Mackinaw River this week. This was such an amazing scene in person and I'm glad I could capture it through the lens. It brings me joy knowing so many have enjoyed these images.

Another image of the indigo bunting I shared from yesterday as he was hopping around in this sunflower field. Again, I feel blessed to be able to photograph this beautiful bird, in this beautiful field, under this beautiful light.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bird bunting canon colors country eos indigo mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river summer valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/patrolling-the-sunflower-field Sat, 15 Aug 2020 21:58:15 GMT
Indigo Bunting on a Sunflower https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/indigo-bunting-on-a-sunflower Indigo Bunting on a SunflowerIndigo Bunting on a SunflowerI went out yesterday morning with the intention of taking some landscape images, but this beautiful little bird made me adjust my plans very quickly. While walking back along the sunflower field, I heard finches and buntings from the sunflowers. I quickly took off my backpack and switched lenses to my birding lens. After sitting patiently, I was rewarded with this beautiful indigo bunting perched on one of the taller sunflowers and the light was perfect. I'm just glad I had the gear I needed on me at the time.

 

I went out yesterday morning with the intention of taking some landscape images, but this beautiful little bird made me adjust my plans very quickly. While walking back along the sunflower field, I heard finches and buntings from the sunflowers. I quickly took off my backpack and switched lenses to my birding lens. After sitting patiently, I was rewarded with this beautiful indigo bunting perched on one of the taller sunflowers and the light was perfect. I'm just glad I had the gear I needed on me at the time.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bird bunting canon colors country eos indigo mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river summer sunflower valley wildlife www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/indigo-bunting-on-a-sunflower Fri, 14 Aug 2020 18:24:55 GMT
Sunflowers at Sunrise https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sunflowers-at-sunrise Sunflowers at SunriseSunflowers at SunriseThis morning was absolutely beautiful. It was a crisp 64 degrees, dew covering everything, a slight fog hovering over some of the fields in the distance, and the first light just starting to illuminate the landscape. I just love this scene. Many of the sunflowers are nearing harvest while some are still standing tall. This was a scene from the Mackinaw River Valley area this morning.

 

This morning was absolutely beautiful. It was a crisp 64 degrees, dew covering everything, a slight fog hovering over some of the fields in the distance, and the first light just starting to illuminate the landscape. I just love this scene. Many of the sunflowers are nearing harvest while some are still standing tall. This was a scene from the Mackinaw River Valley area this morning.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon country dew eos fields illinois landscape mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature r river sunflowers sunrise valley vistas www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/sunflowers-at-sunrise Thu, 13 Aug 2020 18:40:52 GMT
Backyard Black-Eyed Susan https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/backyard-black-eyed-susan Backyard Black-Eyed SusanBackyard Black-Eyed SusanOur Black-Eyed Susans are looking so vibrant in our backyard right now. They were calling my name this afternoon so I had to get out and photograph them.

 

Our Black-Eyed Susans are looking so vibrant in our backyard right now. They were calling my name this afternoon so I had to get out and photograph them.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 100mm backyard beauty black-eyed canon colors eos f/2.8l flowers fun garden home nature r susans https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/backyard-black-eyed-susan Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:04:39 GMT
Bees Love the Sunflower https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/bees-love-the-sunflower Bees Love the SunflowerBees Love the SunflowerIt is always good seeing bees at work. They were loving this warm, sunlit sunflower.

 

It is always good seeing bees at work. They were loving this warm, sunlit sunflower.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bees canon eos r canon mirrorless emerson road glow nature summer sun sunflower vibrant wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/bees-love-the-sunflower Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:23:49 GMT
Brilliant Colors of a Sunflower https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/brilliant-colors-of-a-sunflower Brilliant Colors of a SunflowerBrilliant Colors of a SunflowerWhen the sun hits the face of a sunflower, the results are brilliant! Amazing colors on this sunflower.

 

When the sun hits the face of a sunflower, the results are brilliant! Amazing colors on this sunflower.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 bloom brilliant canon color emerson eos flower mirrorless nature r road summer sunflower warm https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/brilliant-colors-of-a-sunflower Sun, 09 Aug 2020 22:54:42 GMT
Hummingbird Feeding on the Trumpet Vine before Sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/hummingbird-feeding-on-the-trumpet-vine-before-sunset Hummingbird Feeding on the Trumpet Vine before SunsetHummingbird Feeding on the Trumpet Vine before SunsetMy in-laws have the most impressive trumpet vine growing over their pergola and the hummingbirds love it. I was able to capture this female ruby-throated hummingbird as the sun was about to go down, leaving the background in complete shadows. What a beautiful little bird.

 

My in-laws have the most impressive trumpet vine growing over their pergola and the hummingbirds love it. I was able to capture this female ruby-throated hummingbird as the sun was about to go down, leaving the background in complete shadows. What a beautiful little bird.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 canon emerson eos hummingbird mirrorless nature r road ruby-throated summer sunset trumpet vine wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/hummingbird-feeding-on-the-trumpet-vine-before-sunset Fri, 07 Aug 2020 22:45:06 GMT
Playing in the Wildflowers https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/playing-in-the-wildflowers Playing in the WildflowersPlaying in the WildflowersI was photographing flowers and birds in my in-laws' garden when their sweet Sadie walked into the garden. I gave her a quick call and she gave a very quick glance. The resulting images is just too cute not to share.

 

I was photographing flowers and birds in my in-laws' garden when their sweet Sadie walked into the garden. I gave her a quick call and she gave a very quick glance. The resulting images is just too cute not to share.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 2020 animal canon dog emerson eos flowers friend furry mirrorless pet r road sadie summer wild https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/8/playing-in-the-wildflowers Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:06:02 GMT
Seen Many Storms https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/seen-many-storms Seen Many StormsSeen Many StormsOh the storms this old barn has seen while sitting in a Midwest field among the corn and bean fields.

 

Oh the storms this old barn has seen while sitting in a Midwest field among the corn and bean fields.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) and b&w barn black canon eos-r landscape midwest mirrorless nature storm storms white www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/seen-many-storms Thu, 16 Jul 2020 17:27:03 GMT
Freshly Watered Fields https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/freshly-watered-fields Freshly Watered FieldsFreshly Watered FieldsI love the beauty of a field that has been freshly rained on. The green just seems more green and the smell of fresh rain in the field is something I will miss during the winter months. It is simply beautiful!

 

I love the beauty of a field that has been freshly rained on. The green just seems more green and the smell of fresh rain in the field is something I will miss during the winter months. It is simply beautiful!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos-r landscape midwest mirrorless nature storms www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/freshly-watered-fields Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:32:49 GMT
His Light Shines https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/his-light-shines His Light ShinesHis Light ShinesEven in our darkest times, His Light shines. I continue to pray and keep faith that we will be able to overcome this difficult and dark time for humanity. This is probably one of my favorite images from the storms that rolled through Bloomington 2 days ago. You can see the rain coming down at an angle from right to left, which makes the image less clear but gives atmosphere of the scene. The light shaft in the middle of the images is just priceless and I couldn't help but feel the presence God's love and warmth coming through. It can't rain all the time.

 

Even in our darkest times, His Light shines. I continue to pray and keep faith that we will be able to overcome this difficult and dark time for humanity. This is probably one of my favorite images from the storms that rolled through Bloomington 2 days ago. You can see the rain coming down at an angle from right to left, which makes the image less clear but gives atmosphere of the scene. The light shaft in the middle of the images is just priceless and I couldn't help but feel the presence God's love and warmth coming through. It can't rain all the time.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos-r his hope landscape light midwest mirrorless nature shines storms www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/his-light-shines Tue, 14 Jul 2020 03:05:42 GMT
Wall of Rain https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/wall-of-rain Wall of RainWall of RainAnd just like that the skies opened and the rain fell. I love this image of the light rays from the sun piercing the clouds as the rain starts to take over. I saw a quote that says, "Without rain, nothing grows, learn to embrace the storms of your life".

 

And just like that the skies opened and the rain fell. I love this image of the light rays from the sun piercing the clouds as the rain starts to take over. I saw a quote that says, "Without rain, nothing grows, learn to embrace the storms of your life".

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos-r landscape midwest mirrorless nature rain rays storms sun www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/wall-of-rain Mon, 13 Jul 2020 21:07:49 GMT
In Comes the Storm https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/in-comes-the-storm In Comes the StormIn Comes the StormHere is another image of the incoming storm that features a bean field and the small grove of trees on the right. The clouds are so impressive going from bright white above the dark, dark blue below. The sun accentuates the details in the clouds nicely and helps to illuminate the shaft of rain in the middle of the image.

 

Here is another image of the incoming storm that features a bean field and the small grove of trees on the right. The clouds are so impressive going from bright white above the dark, dark blue below. The sun accentuates the details in the clouds nicely and helps to illuminate the shaft of rain in the middle of the image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos-r landscape midwest mirrorless nature storms www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/in-comes-the-storm Mon, 13 Jul 2020 16:50:27 GMT
Storms Moving in Over Sunny Fields https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/storms-moving-in-over-sunny-fields Storms Moving in Over Sunny FieldsStorms Moving in Over Sunny FieldsI was able to drive out in front of some of the storms that hit Bloomington yesterday afternoon. Here is one of the images I was able to make. I tried to find interesting landscapes to compose while the mother nature unleashed some menacing looking clouds containing rain and hail. I liked this particular composition with the winding grass cut between the two fields acting as a leading line to the lower lying clouds. The tree is a nice feature on the left side off setting the clouds. I was out in front of the storm so above me was blue sky, fluffy white clouds, and sun, which you can see is illuminating the green fields.

 

I was able to drive out in front of some of the storms that hit Bloomington yesterday afternoon. Here is one of the images I was able to make. I tried to find interesting landscapes to compose while the mother nature unleashed some menacing looking clouds containing rain and hail. I liked this particular composition with the winding grass cut between the two fields acting as a leading line to the lower lying clouds. The tree is a nice feature on the left side off setting the clouds.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon eos-r landscape midwest mirrorless nature storms www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/storms-moving-in-over-sunny-fields Mon, 13 Jul 2020 02:12:41 GMT
Summer Storm Rainbow https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/summer-storm-rainbow Summer Storm RainbowSummer Storm RainbowI was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot this while the rain was still coming down pretty hard but I love the resulting images. Enjoy!

Summer Storm RainbowSummer Storm RainbowI was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot this while the rain was still coming down pretty hard but I love the resulting images. Enjoy! Summer Storm RainbowSummer Storm RainbowI was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot this while the rain was still coming down pretty hard but I love the resulting images. Enjoy!

I was able to to capture a rainbow this afternoon left by the storm warning that hit McLean County today. I had to shoot this while the rain was still coming down pretty hard but I love the resulting images. Enjoy!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon colors eos fields landscapes midwest mirrorless nature r rainbow www.troymarcyphotography.com https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/summer-storm-rainbow Sun, 12 Jul 2020 01:01:11 GMT
Louie and Lady the House Wrens https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/louie-and-lady-the-house-wrens  

Louie and Lady the House WrensLouie and Lady the House WrensWe have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house.

Louie and Lady the House WrensLouie and Lady the House WrensWe have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house. Louie and Lady the House WrensLouie and Lady the House WrensWe have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house. Louie and Lady the House WrensLouie and Lady the House WrensWe have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house. Louie and Lady the House WrensLouie and Lady the House WrensWe have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house.

 

We have a couple of house wrens that took up residence in my mom and dad's old bird house that I put up in our backyard this year. Louie spent weeks building an impressive nets to gain Lady's approval. They now have at least 6 eggs. Each day they take turns watching over their eggs and protecting them. Louie sings every morning and throughout the day. We love having them in our yard. Lady is the one in the house in these images and Louie is the one outside of or on the house.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm backyard bird birds canon deck* eos f/5.6l* family from garden* home. house images love mirrorless* nature* r* the wrens https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/louie-and-lady-the-house-wrens Wed, 08 Jul 2020 18:53:45 GMT
Beauty in the Shadows https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/beauty-in-the-shadows Beauty in the ShadowsBeauty in the ShadowsUnder the lily pads and shadows, there is a bright, blooming lily.

 

Under the lily pads and shadows, there is a bright, blooming lily.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon county day emerson eos family farm father's fun lily midwest mirrorless r road sangamon water https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/beauty-in-the-shadows Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:57:02 GMT
Happy Little Water Lily https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/happy-little-water-lily Happy Little Water LilyHappy Little Water LilyThis sweet little water lily found the dapple light refreshing enough to bloom and provide a little afternoon brilliance.

 

This sweet little water lily found the dapple light refreshing enough to bloom and provide a little afternoon brilliance.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bloom canon county dapple day emerson eos family farm father's fun light lily midwest mirrorless r road sangamon water https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/happy-little-water-lily Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:45:54 GMT
Bachelor Button Catching the Sun https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/bachelor-button-catching-the-sun Bachelor Button Catching the SunBachelor Button Catching the SunOne of my wife's favorite little wild flowers is the bachelor button. This little bachelor button was catching the light nicely.

 

One of my wife's favorite little wild flowers is the bachelor button. This little bachelor button was catching the light nicely.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bachelor button canon colors county day emerson eos family farm father's flowers fun midwest mirrorless r road sangamon wild https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/bachelor-button-catching-the-sun Wed, 24 Jun 2020 16:53:57 GMT
Mammatus Clouds Before the Storm https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mammatus-clouds-before-the-storm Mammatus Clouds Before the StormMammatus Clouds Before the StormI went for a quick drive before this evening's storms started to move in and made this image of some mammatus cloud formations

 

I went for a quick drive before this evening's storms started to move in and made this image of some mammatus cloud formations

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 beans canon clouds county eos f/2.8l fields landscapes mammatus midwest mirrorless nature r rural storm weather https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mammatus-clouds-before-the-storm Mon, 22 Jun 2020 22:22:43 GMT
Glorious Colors on this Pot Marigold https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/glorious-colors-on-this-pot-marigold Glorious Colors on this Pot MarigoldGlorious Colors on this Pot MarigoldThis vibrant little pot marigold was demanding its photo to be taken. Such beautiful colors and textures on this flower.

 

This vibrant little pot marigold was demanding its photo to be taken. Such beautiful colors and textures on this flower.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon county day emerson eos family farm father's fun marigold midwest mirrorless pot r road sangamon https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/glorious-colors-on-this-pot-marigold Mon, 22 Jun 2020 19:24:42 GMT
Orange Lily in Dappled Light https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/orange-lily-in-dappled-light Orange Lily in Dappled LightOrange Lily in Dappled LightThe vibrancy of these Lily's are beautiful especially in this dappled light. I really enjoyed taking photos around my in-law's garden today. It made for a relaxing father's day for me.

 

The vibrancy of these Lily's are beautiful especially in this dappled light. I really enjoyed taking photos around my in-law's garden today. It made for a relaxing father's day for me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon county day emerson eos family farm father's fun lily midwest mirrorless orange r road sangamon https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/orange-lily-in-dappled-light Mon, 22 Jun 2020 02:11:37 GMT
1st Day of Summer https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/1st-day-of-summer 1st Day of Summer1st Day of SummerMy daughter and I made a short drive today to check on the status of some future photography locations and, while out, I wanted to get a photo to mark the 1st day of summer. It rained most of the afternoon, but before it did, I made this image of a sea of Prairie Fleabane also called Daisy Fleabane. The warmth and humidity combined with the incoming storm and colors of this field, just oozed the feelings of summer.

 

My daughter and I made a short drive today to check on the status of some future photography locations and, while out, I wanted to get a photo to mark the 1st day of summer. It rained most of the afternoon, but before it did, I made this image of a sea of Prairie Fleabane also called Daisy Fleabane. The warmth and humidity combined with the incoming storm and colors of this field, just oozed the feelings of summer.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 24-70 canon daisy eos f/2.8l fleabane illinois landscape mackinaw midwest mirrorless nature prairie r river summer valley https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/1st-day-of-summer Sun, 21 Jun 2020 02:07:08 GMT
American Water-lily https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/american-water-lily American Water-lilyAmerican Water-lilyWhile I didn't have the best light, I love this intimate image of a water-lily closing up for the evening. As I took this image, I felt like it could make for a beautiful black and white image.

 

While I didn't have the best light, I love this intimate image of a water-lily closing up for the evening. As I took this image, I felt like it could make for a beautiful black and white image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) american and b&w black canon 70-200 f/4l canon eos r country emerson road mirrorless nature peace rural sangamon county summer water-lily white https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/american-water-lily Fri, 19 Jun 2020 00:34:59 GMT
Sunset on Emerson Road https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/sunset-on-emerson-road Sunset on Emerson RoadSunset on Emerson RoadOne of my favorite things about the Midwest are the sunsets. This sunset was taken at my in-laws' house on Emerson Rd., which offers one of my favorite open sunset views. The corn is nice and tall already but still low enough to give an unobstructed view of the horizon, which makes for some perfect sunset views...peaceful and perfect.

 

One of my favorite things about the Midwest are the sunsets. This sunset was taken at my in-laws' house on Emerson Rd., which offers one of my favorite open sunset views. The corn is nice and tall already but still low enough to give an unobstructed view of the horizon, which makes for some perfect sunset views...peaceful and perfect.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 70-200 canon country county emerson eos f/4l mirrorless nature r road rural sangamon summer sunset https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/sunset-on-emerson-road Wed, 17 Jun 2020 01:49:00 GMT
Mute Swan Family https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-family-1  

Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them. Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyMy second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them.

 

My second visit to see this swan family gave me some great looks of the swans swimming, eating, and interacting together. My wife and I really enjoyed watching them.  I hope you enjoy this series.  I know there are more than 30 images here but I just loved them all and couldn't narrow it down.  Enjoy!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm anniversary canon covid-19 eos f/5.6l family interaction love mirrorless mute nature park r swans tipton wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-family-1 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 04:20:30 GMT
Mute Swan Giving A Gentle Touch https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-giving-a-gentle-touch Mute Swan Giving A Gentle TouchMute Swan Giving A Gentle TouchI love that this little cygnet swam up and gently touched the neck of the parent as they fed almost as if to say, thanks mom or dad!

Mute Swan Learning by ObservingMute Swan Learning by ObservingI could sit and watch the interactions between these mute swans and their cygnets all day. You can just see the learning taking place as these little swans observe and follow their parents' lead. They are learning fast!

I love that this little cygnet swam up and gently touched the neck of the parent as they fed almost as if to say, thanks mom or dad!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm anniversary canon covid-19 eos f/5.6l interaction learning love mirrorless mute nature park r swans tipton wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-giving-a-gentle-touch Sun, 14 Jun 2020 18:42:10 GMT
Mute Swan Family https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-family Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyThis is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds".

Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyThis is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds". Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyThis is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds". Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyThis is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds". Mute Swan FamilyMute Swan FamilyThis is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds".

This is a series of images of a mute swan family. the images are heavily cropped as I kept a safe distance to give them privacy and to not provoke the male. The profile image among the foxglove flowers is the male. The other four images are the female with her cygnets in the nest. I hope to go back and try to get some images of them out of the nest on the pond. They are beautiful "love birds".

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon county cygnets eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless mute nature park r swans tipton wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/mute-swan-family Fri, 12 Jun 2020 19:45:16 GMT
Strawberry Moon https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/strawberry-moon Strawberry MoonStrawberry MoonFull Moon in June called the Strawberry Moon taken on 6-5-20

 

Full Moon in June called the Strawberry Moon taken on 6-5-20

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon covid-19 eos full in june landscape midwest. mirrorless moon nature night r strawberry https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/strawberry-moon Mon, 08 Jun 2020 19:36:27 GMT
Female Eastern Bluebird Singing https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/female-eastern-bluebird-singing Female Eastern Bluebird SingingFemale Eastern Bluebird SingingThis female eastern blue bird was whistling at me! Isn't she cute?

 

This female eastern blue bird was whistling at me! Isn't she cute?

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bluebird canon central covid-19 eastern eos female funk's grove illinois midwest mirrorless nature prarie r https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/female-eastern-bluebird-singing Mon, 08 Jun 2020 01:20:57 GMT
Eastern Meadowlark https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/eastern-meadowlark Eastern MeadowlarkEastern MeadowlarkThere were several Meadowlark's chirping away at Funk's Grove yesterday. I couldn't get a good view of them until this guy hopped up on one of the taller bushes in the pasture.

 

There were several Meadowlark's chirping away at Funk's Grove yesterday. I couldn't get a good view of them until this guy hopped up on one of the taller bushes in the pasture.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon covid-19 eastern eos f/5.6l funk's grove meadowlark midwest mirrorless nature r summer warm wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/eastern-meadowlark Fri, 05 Jun 2020 21:09:21 GMT
Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird In Flight https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/female-ruby-throated-hummingbird-in-flight Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird In FlightFemale Ruby-throated Hummingbird In FlightI was so happy to see several ruby-throated humming birds buzzing around the grass fields of Funk's Grove again. I enjoy the challenges these little birds give me when photographing them.

 

I was so happy to see several ruby-throated humming birds buzzing around the grass fields of Funk's Grove again. I enjoy the challenges these little birds give me when photographing them.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird canon covid-19 eos f/5.6l funk's grove humming midwest mirrorless nature r ruby-throated summer warm wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/female-ruby-throated-hummingbird-in-flight Fri, 05 Jun 2020 02:44:31 GMT
Blue Jay https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/blue-jay Blue JayBlue JayI just really enjoy the look and light on this blue jay. Beautiful, vibrant colors and a nice pose...can't ask for much more.

 

I just really enjoy the look and light on this blue jay. Beautiful, vibrant colors and a nice pose...can't ask for much more.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blue canon county covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l illinois jay mclean migration mirrorless nature park r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/blue-jay Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:27:23 GMT
Swainson's Thrush https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/swainsons-thrush Swainson's ThrushSwainson's ThrushThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush.

Gray-cheeked ThrushGray-cheeked ThrushThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush. Hermit ThrushHermit ThrushThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush. Swainson's Thrush on the MoveSwainson's Thrush on the MoveThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush. VeeryVeeryThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush. Northern Water Thrush in the BrushNorthern Water Thrush in the BrushThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush. Northern Water ThrushNorthern Water ThrushThe various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush.

The various thrush species are some of the trickiest for me to identify. I usually need to look them up once I can get a closer look at the images on my computer and even then I could be wrong. The various thrush are also sometimes difficult to photograph because they are usually hunkered down under the cover of heavy brush.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm birds canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l mclean mirrorless nature r thrush wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/swainsons-thrush Sat, 30 May 2020 02:14:24 GMT
Green Heron Lurking in the Bushes https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/green-heron-lurking-in-the-bushes Green Heron Lurking in the BushesGreen Heron Lurking in the BushesA couple of weeks ago, I was walking along the creek at Ewing Park looking for warblers when this big guys startled me in the bushes. Surprisingly he didn't fly off and let me take some images. The light was hitting him perfectly.

 

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking along the creek at Ewing Park looking for warblers when this big guys startled me in the bushes. Surprisingly he didn't fly off and let me take some images. The light was hitting him perfectly.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l green heron illinois mclean migration mirrorless nature park r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/green-heron-lurking-in-the-bushes Fri, 29 May 2020 21:40:40 GMT
Scarlet Tanager https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/scarlet-tanager Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art! Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art! Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art! Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art! Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art! Scarlet TanagerScarlet TanagerI was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art!

 

I was lucky enough to be able to observe this scarlet tanager for a good 20-30 minutes. Here are some of my favorite images from that session. I could watch these tanagers all day long. It is like watching living art!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l mclean mirrorless nature r scarlet spring tanager wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/scarlet-tanager Thu, 28 May 2020 22:06:21 GMT
Summer Tanager (Female) https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/summer-tanager-female Summer Tanager (Female)Summer Tanager (Female)This is my first summer tanager and she came so close to me. I was sitting still and she landed on a limb about 6 feet away. I don't think she knew I was there because then she flew within feet of me as she flew across the creek. I tried to remain calm enough to get this shot when she landed. This image is just a slight crop...that is how close she perched to me. I took this image at Centennial park on 5/20/20.

 

This is my first summer tanager and she came so close to me. I was sitting still and she landed on a limb about 6 feet away. I don't think she knew I was there because then she flew within feet of me as she flew across the creek. I tried to remain calm enough to get this shot when she landed. This image is just a slight crop...that is how close she perched to me. I took this image at Centennial park on 5/20/20.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park r spring summer tanager wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/summer-tanager-female Thu, 28 May 2020 15:56:03 GMT
Gray Catbird Watching Me https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/gray-catbird-watching-me Gray Catbird Watching MeGray Catbird Watching MeI love their songs...this one spotted me enjoying his songs and gave me a long look!

 

I love their songs...this one spotted me enjoying his songs and gave me a long look!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon catbird county covid-19 eos f/5.6l gray mclean mirrorless nature r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/gray-catbird-watching-me Thu, 28 May 2020 04:12:38 GMT
Storm Clouds over Funk's Grove https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/storm-clouds-over-funks-grove Storm Clouds over Funk's GroveStorm Clouds over Funk's GroveI went out to Funk's Grove this afternoon to check for hummingbirds but found these beautiful storm clouds instead.

 

I went out to Funk's Grove this afternoon to check for hummingbirds but found these beautiful storm clouds instead.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon central clouds covid-19 drama eos funk's grove illinois landscape midwest mirrorless nature prarie r rain storm weather https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/storm-clouds-over-funks-grove Wed, 27 May 2020 00:17:31 GMT
Tennessee Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/tennessee-warbler Tennessee WarblerTennessee WarblerHere is a Tennessee Warbler sneaking down one of the limbs under some cover. This was taken on 5/20/20 at Centennial Park.

 

Here is a Tennessee Warbler sneaking down one of the limbs under some cover. This was taken on 5/20/20 at Centennial Park.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park r spring tennessee warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/tennessee-warbler Tue, 26 May 2020 17:39:57 GMT
Blackpoll Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blackpoll-warbler Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings.

Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings. Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings. Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings. Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings. Blackpoll WarblerBlackpoll WarblerHere is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings.

Here is another type of warbler I saw at Centennial Park. They are not as colorful as some of the warblers but I still love their markings.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blackpoll canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blackpoll-warbler Mon, 25 May 2020 23:24:01 GMT
Canada Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/canada-warbler Canada WarblerCanada WarblerI wasn't able to get very close to this one but I was happy to find this little warbler and needed to share. Here is a Canada Warbler. Such a bright little warbler that I could spot from across the creek at Centennial Park. Canada WarblerCanada WarblerI wasn't able to get very close to this one but I was happy to find this little warbler and needed to share. Here is a Canada Warbler. Such a bright little warbler that I could spot from across the creek at Centennial Park.

 

I wasn't able to get very close to this one but I was happy to find this little warbler and needed to share. Here is a Canada Warbler. Such a bright little warbler that I could spot from across the creek at Centennial Park.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canada warbler canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r centennial park covid-19 heyworth mclean county mirrorless nature spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/canada-warbler Sun, 24 May 2020 02:29:44 GMT
Bay-breasted Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/bay-breasted-warbler  

 

Bay-breasted WarblerBay-breasted WarblerHere is another warbler I photographed at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. It was nice to get this and the Cape May...it was a first for photographing several warblers that day for me. Bay-breasted WarblerBay-breasted WarblerHere is another warbler I photographed at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. It was nice to get this and the Cape May...it was a first for photographing several warblers that day for me. Bay-breasted WarblerBay-breasted WarblerHere is another warbler I photographed at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. It was nice to get this and the Cape May...it was a first for photographing several warblers that day for me.

 

Here is another warbler I photographed at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. It was nice to get this and the Cape May...it was a first for photographing several warblers that day for me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) bay-breasted warbler canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r centennial park covid-19 heyworth mclean county mirrorless nature spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/bay-breasted-warbler Sun, 24 May 2020 00:48:01 GMT
Cape May Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/cape-may-warbler Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me.

Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me. Cape May WarblerCape May WarblerThis was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me.

This was a seriously fun session with a couple of Cape May Warblers at Centennial Park on 5-20-20. I was doing my best to keep up as they were hopping from limb to limb around me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon cape centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth may mclean mirrorless nature park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/cape-may-warbler Sat, 23 May 2020 23:31:12 GMT
Warbling Vireo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/warbling-vireo Warbling VireoWarbling VireoA big thanks to this warbling vireo as it popped up from the bushes to pose for this dreamy image. Taken at Centennial Park on 5-20-20.

 

A big thanks to this warbling vireo as it popped up from the bushes to pose for this dreamy image. Taken at Centennial Park on 5-20-20.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park r spring vireo warbling wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/warbling-vireo Sat, 23 May 2020 04:26:44 GMT
Yellow-throated Vireo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/yellow-throated-vireo Yellow-throated Vireo Sing a SongYellow-throated Vireo Sing a SongAnother beautiful vireo is the yellow-throated vireo. This particular bird had quite a bit of personality and let me take his photo for several minutes. He even sang a little for me. Yellow-throated VireoYellow-throated VireoAnother beautiful vireo is the yellow-throated vireo. This particular bird had quite a bit of personality and let me take his photo for several minutes. He even sang a little for me.

 

Another beautiful vireo is the yellow-throated vireo. This particular bird had quite a bit of personality and let me take his photo for several minutes. He even sang a little for me.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r covid-19 mclean county mirrorless nature spring wildlife yellow-throated vireo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/yellow-throated-vireo Fri, 22 May 2020 05:03:35 GMT
Prothonotary Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/prothonotary-warbler Prothonotary WarblerProthonotary WarblerHere is another very beautiful and bright colored bird...the Prothonotary Warbler! This is another first for me!

 

Here is another very beautiful and bright colored bird...the Prothonotary Warbler! This is another first for me!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park prothonotary r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/prothonotary-warbler Fri, 22 May 2020 03:32:49 GMT
Brilliant Scarlet Tanager https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/brilliant-scarlet-tanager Brilliant Scarlet TanagerBrilliant Scarlet TanagerThere is nothing like seeing that flash of red and realizing it isn't a cardinal. This is the, always beautiful, scarlet tanager.

 

There is nothing like seeing that flash of red and realizing it isn't a cardinal. This is the, always beautiful, scarlet tanager.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon centennial county covid-19 eos f/5.6l heyworth mclean mirrorless nature park r scarlet spring tanager wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/brilliant-scarlet-tanager Thu, 21 May 2020 04:34:12 GMT
Black-and-white Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/black-and-white-warbler Black-and-white WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerI love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren't easy to photograph as they are moving around so chaotically. They remind me so much of a nuthatch climbing up and down tree trunks. Black-and-white WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerI love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren't easy to photograph as they are moving around so chaotically. They remind me so much of a nuthatch climbing up and down tree trunks. Black-and-white WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerI love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren't easy to photograph as they are moving around so chaotically. They remind me so much of a nuthatch climbing up and down tree trunks. Black-and-white WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerI love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren't easy to photograph as they are moving around so chaotically. They remind me so much of a nuthatch climbing up and down tree trunks.

 

I love watching this little warbler hopping from tree trunk to tree trunk looking for bugs. Like most warblers they aren't easy to photograph as they are moving around so chaotically. They remind me so much of a nuthatch climbing up and down tree trunks.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bird black-and-white canon covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l migration mirrorless nature park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/black-and-white-warbler Wed, 20 May 2020 14:22:29 GMT
Blackburnian Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blackburnian-warbler Blackburnian WarblerBlackburnian WarblerHere is another new warbler for me...a Blackburnian Warbler. It sat regally looking out over the field with that bright orange head. I wish the light was better but it was a gloomy, rainy day.

 

Here is another new warbler for me...a Blackburnian Warbler. It sat regally looking out over the field with that bright orange head. I wish the light was better but it was a gloomy, rainy day.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blackburnian canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l mclean mirrorless nature r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blackburnian-warbler Tue, 19 May 2020 23:46:06 GMT
Blue-winged Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blue-winged-warbler Blue-winged WarblerBlue-winged WarblerI loved the look of the blue-winged warbler. Check out that black strip over the eye. I love the contrast of the blue wings vs the bright colored body.

 

I loved the look of the blue-winged warbler. Check out that black strip over the eye. I love the contrast of the blue wings vs the bright colored body.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm blue-winged canon county covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l illinois mclean migration mirrorless nature park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/blue-winged-warbler Mon, 18 May 2020 02:31:42 GMT
Black-throated Green Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/black-throated-green-warbler Black-throated Green WarblerBlack-throated Green WarblerAnother warbler with pretty colors and markings is the Black-throated Green Warbler. I was happy to get this one image before he took off.

 

Another warbler with pretty colors and markings is the Black-throated Green Warbler. I was happy to get this one image before he took off.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm black-throated bloomington canon cloudy eos f/5.6l green high illinois iso mirrorless nature overcast park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/black-throated-green-warbler Sun, 17 May 2020 19:09:31 GMT
Magnolia Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/magnolia-warbler Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler. Magnolia WarblerMagnolia WarblerOver the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler.

 

Over the past week, I've seen so many little Magnolia Warblers. Here are just a few images of my collection. Such pretty colors on this warbler.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon cloudy eos f/5.6l high illinois iso magnolia mirrorless nature overcast park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/magnolia-warbler Sun, 17 May 2020 16:06:28 GMT
Wilson's Warbler in a Viburnum Bush https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/wilsons-warbler-in-a-viburnum-bush Wilson's Warbler in a Viburnum BushWilson's Warbler in a Viburnum BushHere is a pretty little Wilson's warbler that gave me a pleasant pose while landing in a Viburnum bush making for a beautiful scene.

 

Here is a pretty little Wilson's warbler that gave me a pleasant pose while landing in a Viburnum bush making for a beautiful scene.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l illinois mclean migration mirrorless nature park r spring viburnum warbler wildlife wilson's https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/wilsons-warbler-in-a-viburnum-bush Sun, 17 May 2020 03:11:39 GMT
Orange Crowned Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/orange-crowned-warbler Orange Crowned WarblerOrange Crowned WarblerHere is an orange crowned warbler. Many times I have a sore neck after a day of looking for these warblers. Here is a good example why. I'm looking straight up at the underbelly of this bird. It doesn't make for the best angle for an image but I wanted to share anyway.

 

Here is an orange crowned warbler. Many times I have a sore neck after a day of looking for these warblers. Here is a good example why. I'm looking straight up at the underbelly of this bird. It doesn't make for the best angle for an image but I wanted to share anyway.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon cloudy crowned eos f/5.6l high illinois iso mirrorless nature orange overcast park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/orange-crowned-warbler Sun, 17 May 2020 02:00:40 GMT
Eastern Wood Pewee https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/eastern-wood-pewee Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool.

Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool. Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool. Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool. Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool. Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool. Eastern Wood PeweeEastern Wood PeweeI'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool.

I'm pretty happy with this latest series of images of the Eastern Wood Pewee. It is a type of flycatacher and eats insects. I feel like I saw so many types of flycatchers yesterday at Ewing Park. When I got home I even had several types chasing insects in the tree in my backyard. I loved watching this bird chasing insects, which you can even see in several of the images. I didn't see the insects when I took the images but I was hoping a few would show up in my images and thankfully I caught a little bit of action. This flycatcher was just doing his thing to survive...so cool.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r canon mirrorless covid-19 eastern wood pewee ewing park flycatcher illinois mclean county migration nature spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/eastern-wood-pewee Sun, 17 May 2020 01:01:04 GMT
Red-eyed Vireo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/red-eyed-vireo Red-eyed VireoRed-eyed VireoI saw my first red-eyed vireo today. I was happy to see you can actually see the red eye in this image, which isn't always the case in some images. He looks stocky but that is just the angle I was at and the way this bird was sitting. I like the dark strip running through the eye on the face like a mask.

 

I saw my first red-eyed vireo today. I was happy to see you can actually see the red eye in this image, which isn't always the case in some images. He looks stocky but that is just the angle I was at and the way this bird was sitting. I like the dark strip running through the eye on the face like a mask.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l illinois mclean migration mirrorless nature park r red-eyed spring vireo wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/red-eyed-vireo Sat, 16 May 2020 03:15:37 GMT
Great Horned Owl on Alert https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/great-horned-owl-on-alert Great Horned Owl on AlertGreat Horned Owl on AlertCheck out this Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday at Ewing Park. He was very aware of a lady walking her dog. He watched them intently the whole way. In the background through the leaves you can see a crow that was giving the owl hell. The owl could care less!

 

Check out this Great Horned Owl I saw yesterday at Ewing Park. He was very aware of a lady walking her dog. He watched them intently the whole way. In the background through the leaves you can see a crow that was giving the owl hell. The owl could care less!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon covid-19 eos ewing f/5.6l great horned mirrorless nature overcast owl park r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/great-horned-owl-on-alert Fri, 15 May 2020 13:57:55 GMT
Golden-winged Warbler https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/golden-winged-warbler Golden-winged WarblerGolden-winged WarblerAnother beautiful warbler from earlier today and another first for me is this Golden-winged Warbler. I feel very fortunate to get a good photo of this little warbler as they have suffered population declines.

 

Another beautiful warbler from earlier today and another first for me is this Golden-winged Warbler. I feel very fortunate to get a good photo of this little warbler as they have suffered population declines.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon cloudy eos f/5.6l golden-winged high illinois iso mirrorless nature overcast park r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/golden-winged-warbler Thu, 14 May 2020 04:11:20 GMT
Shy White-eyed Vireo https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/shy-white-eyed-vireo Shy White-eyed VireoShy White-eyed VireoI'm pretty excited to get an image of a first for me...the White-eyed Vireo. What a beautiful bird and I didn't even know what I had until I got a chance to look at it later. Obviously I'm pretty happy to know I caught this bird in an image. The overcast skies and poor lighting made it difficult and I'd like to get a sharper, better lit image in the future, but I can't complain too much.

 

I'm pretty excited to get an image of a first for me...the White-eyed Vireo. What a beautiful bird and I didn't even know what I had until I got a chance to look at it later. Obviously I'm pretty happy to know I caught this bird in an image. The overcast skies and poor lighting made it difficult and I'd like to get a sharper, better lit image in the future, but I can't complain too much.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon cloudy eos f/5.6l high illinois iso mirrorless nature overcast park r spring vireo white-eyed wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/shy-white-eyed-vireo Wed, 13 May 2020 20:17:03 GMT
Rose-breasted Grosbeak https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/rose-breasted-grosbeak Rose-breasted GrosbeakRose-breasted GrosbeakI feel like there have been so many rose-breasted grosbeaks this year. I've even had several on my feeders. This particular one was looking regal and ready for an image.

 

I feel like there have been so many rose-breasted grosbeaks this year. I've even had several on my feeders. This particular one was looking regal and ready for an image.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon county eos f/5.6l grosbeak lake mclean mirrorless nature parklands r rose-breasted spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/rose-breasted-grosbeak Mon, 11 May 2020 21:48:46 GMT
Wild Turkey Showing Off https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/wild-turkey-showing-off Wild Turkey Showing OffWild Turkey Showing OffI had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present for them and it paid off. He didn't mind that I was there and strutted his stuff! Wild Turkey Showing OffWild Turkey Showing OffI had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present for them and it paid off. He didn't mind that I was there and strutted his stuff! Wild Turkey Showing OffWild Turkey Showing OffI had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present for them and it paid off. He didn't mind that I was there and strutted his stuff! Wild Turkey Showing OffWild Turkey Showing OffI had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present for them and it paid off. He didn't mind that I was there and strutted his stuff!

 

I had to pull the car over when I saw this male turkey approaching two female turkeys. I had a feeling he would present for them and it paid off. He didn't mind that I was there and strutted his stuff!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r covid-19 illinois mclean county mirrorless nature spring wild turkey wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/wild-turkey-showing-off Mon, 11 May 2020 02:07:24 GMT
A Beautiful Whitetail https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/a-beautiful-whitetail A Beautiful WhitetailA Beautiful WhitetailI just love the warm light on this Whitetail Deer. She was eating and didn't seem too upset by me strolling by and taking her image. I try to move slowly and calmly so I don't disrupt them but, most times, they still get spooked and run off. This doe let me pass and I slowly walked away and let her continue her evening meal.

 

I just love the warm light on this Whitetail Deer. She was eating and didn't seem too upset by me strolling by and taking her image. I try to move slowly and calmly so I don't disrupt them but, most times, they still get spooked and run off. This doe let me pass and I slowly walked away and let her continue her evening meal.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington canon county deer eos f/5.6l lake mclean mirrorless nature parklands r spring whitetail wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/a-beautiful-whitetail Sat, 09 May 2020 19:25:24 GMT
The Downy Woodpecker Found a Spider https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/the-downy-woodpecker-found-a-spider The Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThe Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThis is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature! The Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThe Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThis is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature! The Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThe Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThis is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature! The Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThe Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThis is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature! The Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThe Downy Woodpecker Found a SpiderThis is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature!

 

This is a pretty cool series of a Downy Woodpecker searching and finding a spider. I'm not a fan of spiders so have at it Mr. Downy! I love nature!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) canon 400mm f/5.6l canon eos r covid-19 downy woodpecker illinois mclean county mirrorless nature spider spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/the-downy-woodpecker-found-a-spider Fri, 08 May 2020 22:36:12 GMT
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Morning Workout https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/ruby-crowned-kinglet-morning-workout Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Morning WorkoutRuby-Crowned Kinglet Morning WorkoutI didn't know I was interrupting this Ruby-crowned Kinglet's morning workout routine....great form though!

 

I didn't know I was interrupting this Ruby-crowned Kinglet's morning workout routine....great form though!

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eos f/5.6l illinois kinglet mclean mirrorless nature r ruby-crowned spring wildlife workout https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/ruby-crowned-kinglet-morning-workout Fri, 08 May 2020 15:53:39 GMT
Female Eastern Towhee https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/female-eastern-towhee Female Eastern TowheeFemale Eastern TowheeThis female eastern towhee was laying low in a thicket as I was walking by. She startled me at first but she stayed for several moments allowing me to take her images. Such pretty birds, colors, and eyes. The green cast on her is from me having to shoot through some green leaves to photograph her. The leaves have really popped on all of the trees and bushes in the grove making shooting a bit more challenging but also giving me more cover to hide in.

 

This female eastern towhee was laying low in a thicket as I was walking by. She startled me at first but she stayed for several moments allowing me to take her images. Such pretty birds, colors, and eyes. The green cast on her is from me having to shoot through some green leaves to photograph her. The leaves have really popped on all of the trees and bushes in the grove making shooting a bit more challenging but also giving me more cover to hide in.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county covid-19 eastern eos f/5.6l female illinois mclean mirrorless nature r spring towhee wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/female-eastern-towhee Fri, 08 May 2020 02:45:16 GMT
Eastern Bluebird Perched https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/eastern-bluebird-perched Eastern Bluebird PerchedEastern Bluebird PerchedA pretty little side profile of this nicely perched Eastern Bluebird.

 

A pretty little side profile of this nicely perched Eastern Bluebird.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bloomington bluebird canon county eastern eos f/5.6l lake mclean mirrorless nature parklands r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/eastern-bluebird-perched Thu, 07 May 2020 15:28:15 GMT
American Redstart Portrait https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/american-redstart-portrait American Redstart PortraitAmerican Redstart PortraitSo a couple of days ago I photographed and posted an American Redstart on a gloomy, rainy day. It wasn't a great image and it was bugging me. I went back this evening to get a redo. I spotted the little guy again and this time I waited patiently for the right opportunity and it didn't involve rain this time. With some persistence and patience, here is a portrait of an American Redstart.

 

So a couple of days ago I photographed and posted an American Redstart on a gloomy, rainy day. It wasn't a great image and it was bugging me. I went back this evening to get a redo. I spotted the little guy again and this time I waited patiently for the right opportunity and it didn't involve rain this time. With some persistence and patience, here is a portrait of an American Redstart.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american bloomington canon colors county eos f/5.6l lake mclean mirrorless nature parklands portrait r redstart spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/american-redstart-portrait Thu, 07 May 2020 01:55:43 GMT
A House Wren Blesses Us with a Morning Song https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/a-house-wren-blesses-us-with-a-morning-song A House Wren Blesses Us with a Morning SongA House Wren Blesses Us with a Morning SongThis house wren is very proud to sing a morning song for us.

 

This house wren is very proud to sing a morning song for us.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county eos f/5.6l house illinois mclean mirrorless morning nature r song spring wildlife wren https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/a-house-wren-blesses-us-with-a-morning-song Wed, 06 May 2020 16:24:20 GMT
Deer on a Rainy Spring Day https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/deer-on-a-rainy-spring-day Deer on a Rainy Spring DayDeer on a Rainy Spring DayDespite the gloomy spring skies and rain, beauty can be found in nature. These deer caught my eye, or maybe I caught theirs.

 

Despite the gloomy spring skies and rain, beauty can be found in nature. These deer caught my eye, or maybe I caught theirs.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county deer eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature overcast r rain spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/deer-on-a-rainy-spring-day Tue, 05 May 2020 16:29:33 GMT
Indigo Bunting https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/indigo-bunting Indigo BuntingIndigo BuntingI just love indigo buntings...so unmistakable and breathtaking when you see them flashing around on the tree branches in front of you.

 

I just love indigo buntings...so unmistakable and breathtaking when you see them flashing around on the tree branches in front of you.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm bunting canon colors county eos f/5.6l illinois indigo mclean mirrorless nature r spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/indigo-bunting Mon, 04 May 2020 23:33:18 GMT
American Redstart https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/american-redstart American RedstartAmerican RedstartNot my clearest image but one I had to share, none the less. While on one of the wet, soggy trails about 1.5 miles from my car, the skies open and I was caught in an unforecasted downpour. With no rain gear, I hunkered down below an evergreen tree hoping the rain would let up. While there I saw several warblers and deer. I saw this bright flash of orange and was pleasantly surprised to see this American Redstart. This images was taken in very poor shooting conditions from a bit of a distance but this little bird is just too pretty not to share.

 

Not my clearest image but one I had to share, none the less. While on one of the wet, soggy trails about 1.5 miles from my car, the skies open and I was caught in an unforecasted downpour. With no rain gear, I hunkered down below an evergreen tree hoping the rain would let up. While there I saw several warblers and deer. I saw this bright flash of orange and was pleasantly surprised to see this American Redstart. This images was taken in very poor shooting conditions from a bit of a distance but this little bird is just too pretty not to share.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm american canon county eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature overcast r rainy redstart spring wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/american-redstart Mon, 04 May 2020 23:04:42 GMT
Northern Parula https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/northern-parula Northern ParulaNorthern ParulaCheck out this little warbler. I feel lucky to get 2 images in focus because this tiny warbler was hard to keep up with. This is a lifer for me as I've never seen this type of warbler before. Beautiful little bird. Northern ParulaNorthern ParulaCheck out this little warbler. I feel lucky to get 2 images in focus because this tiny warbler was hard to keep up with. This is a lifer for me as I've never seen this type of warbler before. Beautiful little bird.

 

Check out this little warbler. I feel lucky to get 2 images in focus because this tiny warbler was hard to keep up with. This is a lifer for me as I've never seen this type of warbler before. Beautiful little bird.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon county eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature northern parula r spring warbler wildlife https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/northern-parula Mon, 04 May 2020 14:23:15 GMT
Common Yellowthroat https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/common-yellowthroat Common YellowthroatCommon YellowthroatI was photographing several gold finches in this field and I expected to see another one as there was movement in this bush right in front of me. To my surprise, a common yellowthroat warbler popped his head through. It is difficult to expose for his dark mask and eyes on a bright sunny day in an open field, especially when I was expecting another gold finch.

 

I was photographing several gold finches in this field and I expected to see another one as there was movement in this bush right in front of me. To my surprise, a common yellowthroat warbler popped his head through. It is difficult to expose for his dark mask and eyes on a bright sunny day in an open field, especially when I was expecting another gold finch.

 

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(Troy Marcy Photography) 400mm canon common county eos f/5.6l illinois mclean mirrorless nature r spring wildlife yellowthroat https://www.troymarcyphotography.com/blog/2020/5/common-yellowthroat Mon, 04 May 2020 03:29:06 GMT
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