This week began our “self-isolation” in Lexington, Kentucky. More or less. The University is closing up, restaurants and bars have shut down, but we can still get take-out, gas, and go to the grocery stores.
Spring is also coming in with force and it is beautiful. The birds are raucous and I am so enjoy the early mornings again. There dawn chorus* is riotous. So this past Saturday I thought I would get out the big lens and try and capture some of the many cardinals fighting for turf out back. Here are a few of the shots, not great yet, but I am new to birding. There are so many from our back deck, I should have ample opportunity.
*The dawn chorus occurs when birds sing at the start of a new day. In temperate countries this is most noticeable in spring when the birds are either defending a breeding territory, trying to attract a mate, or calling in the flock. In a given location, it is common for different species to do their dawn singing at different times. In a study of the Ecuadorian forest, it was determined that birds perching higher in the trees and birds with larger eyes tend to pipe up first. These correlations may be caused by the fact that both would also correlate with the amount of light perceived by the bird.Wikipedia