birds, pinelands, Warblers, Wood Warblers, Pine Warbler, Woodbine, New Jersey

I spent three hours in the Pinelands with Ray Hennessey hoping to get a photograph of the pine warbler. We could see the birds flying back and forth between the trees that lined the swampy area that Ray had scouted. We waited patiently, but the pine warbler kept out of view the camera. The light was fading, and we were ready to call it quits. Ray suggested that we stay just a bit longer. Our patience and effort were rewarded when this male landed in just the right spot.

NOTE: The light was fading, so the photograph was shot at ISO12800. It’s not as sharp as I wanted.

This well-named bird is not often seen away from pine trees, especially during the breeding season. More sluggish than most of their relatives, Pine Warblers forage in a rather leisurely way at all levels in the pinewoods, from the ground to the treetops. This species is only a short-distance migrant, and almost the entire population spends the winter within the southern United States. Unlike most warblers, it regularly comes to bird feeders for suet or for other soft foods.Pine Warbler at the Audubon Society’s website

You can learn more about Ray Hennessy’s work and signup for his workshops on his website. You can learn more about the Pine Warbler at the Audubon Society’s website.

Pine Warbler —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR @ (359.6 mm, 0.002 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams

Battery Park

I don’t enjoy commuting to New York City. Today, I expected my morning commute to Manhattan to be about two hours. It took me just under three hours.

But once I am in the city, I enjoy having a choice of places to eat. I enjoy watching the tourist and daily commuters on their lunch breaks. And when the weather is excellent, like it is today, I enjoy the stroll from Old Slip to Battery Park.

Right now, I am in Battery Park, enjoying the incredibly pleasant weather in New York City today. Bagpipes are playing in the background. There is a memorial event for veterans of World War II.

If only I could convince my wife, when the weather is this great, to come with me for a day (dawn to dusk) around Brooklyn Bridge Park, Battery Park and Governor’s Island.

I brought my Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujinon XF16-55m F2.8 R WR LM lens with me. My Timbuktu messenger bag feels “stuffed”, but I am happy I brought the camera. I am improving my street photography, but I still feel self-conscious about focusing my camera on strangers.

Battery Park, Manhattan, New York, New York —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (35.3 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Battery Park, Manhattan, New York —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Battery Park, Manhattan, New York —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Battery Park, Manhattan, New York —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.002 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

Yesterday, after the piano recital, we gathered with Nilima and her girls (Mukesh was working) at Falguni’s home. Rohan and Rahul were excited. Dipan grilled hot dogs, marinated shrimp and lamb chops. We hung out, chatted, played frisbee, drank some beer and then ended the day with s’mores. Perfection.

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.005 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.002 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO3200), © Khürt L. Williams
Fumiphobia —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO1250), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (22.7 mm, 0.056 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams
FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (21.3 mm, 0.077 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams