Our area has been sweltering under the heatwave that has enveloped much of the central and eastern United States. I have focused much of my wildlife photography over the past week upon one particular spot along a local creek where deer frequently cross. While focused upon obtaining "deer in the water" shots; other wildlife opportunities do arise as did this encounter with a waterthrush.
Actually, I was unaware that any waterthrush's inhabited our area until one day in April when my wife and I accompanied our niece Amy and her husband on a walk through a wildflower reserve. Amy heard a bird calling and identified it as a Louisiana Waterthrush and soon we spotted it bobbing along a bubbling stream. This remained my only encounter with waterthrush's until yesterday morning as I sat at the creek crossing when two birds lit along the creek and began hunting the shoreline. At first I thought, Louisiana waterthrush, but upon researching the waterthrush I found that our area is in the range of the northern varity as well. I think that what I have here is a northern; based upon the description. If anyone has reason to disagree I would certainly appreciate your input in a comment.
While the waterthrushs are members of the warbler family their gait and feeding habits are much like those of the spotted sandpiper; bobbing continously while foraging near the water's edge.
WOW!!! These are fantastic. The reflections are a beautiful bonus. I look at your pictures and I know I have so much to learn.Thanks for being an inspiration to keep on shooting and learning.
Congratulations on your "lifer"!! Love these shots, and that last one is superb with the reflection.
Congratulations! The photos are beautiful. Love the reflections!
The last frame is a greeting card cover.
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