We are 30 days away from the Biggest Week in American Birding. As the Warblers and other birds migrate towards Canada, they stop off for a respite along the coast of Lake Erie before the long flight across the Lake. This activity can be observed all across the lakefront. One of My favorite locations is Magee Marsh located in Ottawa County here in Ohio. A short drive from my home here in Sylvania and I am surrounded by many different species of birds and water fowl. Egrets and Great Blue Herons are quite plentiful. I am looking forward to the migration this year and have been practicing my technique with my camera gear to ensure positive results in the field. This year, I plan experimenting with fill flash as well as the Pro Capture feature on my Olympus OM-D EM-1x camera.
Since the migration occurs over a specific time frame, you really need to prepare for the experience. You need to clean up your gear making sure you have enough batteries to be in the field and shoot many frames over several hours. Checking the weather each day is essential so that you can be prepared with the proper clothing for the type of weather you will be experiencing. Keep in mid it might be warm where you are, but on the lake the winds can drop the temperatures so bring a jacket or a sweater just in case. You might want to bring some food and plenty of water along for the day depending on how long you want to stay. The “Biggest Week” is great fun and you can sign up for many different lectures and such on their website. Look for the Biggest Week website right here. Get ready for some great bird photography and I will see you, and many more, in the field for the Biggest Week in American Birding. Enjoy!