Five On The Wing – #12


Another post to add to my Five On The Wing series!

I photographed four of these birds in flight here in South Dakota, but I’ve got to include a bird species in flight from the spring so I can post this with ‘five birds’…..

Why the need to dig in my spring files?  Because there is a lifer I just captured in the four South Dakota birds that needs sharing!  😁


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Male Bobolink (new lifer #234 for me πŸ’ƒ)


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Red-headed Woodpecker


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Belted Kingfisher (female)


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Common Nighthawk


And my bird in flight from back home in Maryland….


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Osprey (male)


48 thoughts on “Five On The Wing – #12

  1. Osprey are gorgeous, aren’t they? We have a nesting pair who live on top of a telephone pole close to where I live. One of them is always on the lookout when you drive by πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely selection Donna, and another lifer ! You are really enjoying your big year journey, it may be a while before we can do that here. You captured the flight shots of these birds beautifully, each has its own character. The Osprey and Kingfisher are extraordinary.

    • Thank you, Ashley! I knew they were here and I’ve been on the lookout for a Bobolink, and couldn’t believe it when I saw this one flying around, oh boy! Wish it was a better photo, of course. I’ve actually seen a couple Osprey recently here as well but always in passing; there’s nowhere near the population we are so lucky to have on the Chesapeake Bay. I miss my Osprey! πŸ™‚

  3. You got 5 winners there, Donna. This trip has been super productive on photos for you! Excellent work! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Eliza! It’s been years since I last saw/photographed nighthawks myself. There was a pair flying around early evening, I was pretty excited trying to photograph them and watch them with their aerials! Great looking flying bird, not quite so lovely sitting, lol.

    • Thank you! I needed some type of post theme to share my flight shots this past winter while in Florida. I’m not getting as many now, so some past archives not shared may still keep popping up! πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you, Hans! It’s been years since I’ve last seen & photographed a nighthawk, so I was pretty excited to suddenly see a pair flying near our campsite one evening.

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  5. Truly a delight to see these five glorious birds on the wing, Donna. Each photo is wonderful, and how very exciting for you to see a bobolink. The bobolink is a very special bird, one of the prairie birds that we’re gradually losing with the prairies, and how terrific that you caught it flying.

    • Thank you, Jet! As we move, I’ve been trying to keep up with the common bird lists in the area so I can try to spot one that I might not otherwise ‘see’. Been looking for a Bobolink for a few weeks, so I was super happy to finally get one flying over the grasses. I first saw it on the ground near bison.

    • hehe πŸ™‚ I agree, the nighthawk is pretty in flight. It’s been years since I’ve last seen nighthawks (it was out west), yet they breed in almost the entire U.S., yet I’ve never seen one along the east coast myself.

  6. It’s funny where some birds wind up! I always associate ospreys with the East Coast. When we went to The Great Sand Dunes there were white pelicans in a nearby lake. Going to FL to visit my folks I was used to seeing sandhill cranes but we have them here in large numbers in the winter. Great in-flight captures Donna. Those nighthawks have really pretty markings.

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