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Adventures of a Wildlife Photographer - Magee Marsh - Part II

July 29, 2014

Photo by Rocky Holland – A beautiful Black-Throated Blue Warbler poses for a portrait at Magee Marsh, in Northwest Ohio.

In Part I of this story I was about to enter a different world, the world of the professional bird watcher. I had driven to an area near Lake Erie in northwestern Ohio, where the spring bird migration is at its best. This small area is called Magee Marsh, a swampy tract of land overlooking the shores of the lake, where migrating songbirds stop to rest and feed before venturing on the long flight across the lake and into Canada. The amazing event that happens every year at this swamp is the fact that most of these migrants are warblers. These beautifully colored songbirds stop here by the thousands every spring, drawing birders from all across the country. It has been called “The warbler capital of the world”, and this birder just had to see this to believe it!

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