Still, every once in a while, I get lucky...like this day in October when I found some Townsend's Warblers hopping around this sycamore tree in the parking lot at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. I didn't get as good of a series of shots as I would have liked - I'd just gotten out of my car and was still making some adjustments and taking test shots when I first spotted them. Then, all too soon, another car pulled in and parked between me and the tree (and it was an open convertible so I KNOW the guy saw that he drove right through my shots LOL) and the birds took off. Haven't seen them there since.
Here's what I did manage to get...
These guys were definitely good at hiding amongst the leaves.
Just love those facial markings - so pretty!
I think he sees me.
One last look before he was gone...
That was it - my one and only exciting warbler encounter for 2016 that I managed to capture in photos. Maybe my skills will improve in 2017 - Spring Migration is not that far off! In the meantime, I'm still processing photos I took over Xmas break. Birding was not as easy as I'd hoped since we did finally get some longed-for rain. In spite of that, I managed to add two lifers: Long-eared Owl (but no photos!) and American Bittern. I'll be sharing the Bittern in a future post.