Work has kept me in a tired state this last while and i haven't been getting out as much but that's life sometimes.
This morning i was determined to get out and do some shooting, decided to give Iona a go and figured i was due for a jetty walk (i like to get at least few walks in yearly with 500mm on shoulders to test endurance) and was hoping for a beautiful morning.
Was surprised by the low cloud and grey conditions, still it wasn't raining and i was determined.
Near the base i ran into my first bird, an active Black-throated Grey warbler.
Iona is an interesting environment with the rocks, it's refreshing to shoot birds down low that you are used to seeing up high in trees.
Later i spied a Townsend's Warbler further down the path but was only able to get a long distance grab off before it flew out of sight.
Quite a few Yellow-rumped warblers encountered.
Saw a lot of spider eating going on as well :)
Once i walked to the end i realized i had come across a mini fallout of sorts.
A mixed flock of birds all looking quite exhausted hanging out by the elevated platform.
A Hermit Thrush was in this group of birds.
as well as a flycatcher i believe is a Pacific-slope Flycatcher.
ID correction is welcome by the way :)
Was able to get pretty close to the kinglets as they flitted from bush to bush, low to the ground.
The walk back was rewarding as the Caspian terns were out fishing and making a racket.
In the back of my mind i was thinking to look closely at terns in flight in case a Parasitic Jaeger was mixed in.
Sure enough it happened, quickly, almost too quickly :lol: fired off 5 shots and got two with bird in frame.
A lucky moment :)
All in all, a rewarding morning out :)