Autumn attracted a diverse and colourful collection of birds to the grounds of Hilton Pond located in the Piedmont region of the eastern United States. As the winged visitors went about their business, camera ready staff captured their beauty in a series of intimate portraits.
It’s vibrant feathers a flutter the timid and tiny Philadelphia Vireo (pictured below) was among the migratory birds that pleasured onlooking ornithologists.
Researchers counted 18 species crossing the banding table at Hilton Pond a few of which were so uncommon locally they are being considered as candidates for the “Best Banded Bird of the Year.”
To get an up-close bander’s-eye-view of these birds, migrant and otherwise checkout the photo essay Bird’s of Autumn.
The Natural History Centre is also offering two scholarships for those who love hummingbirds to go on an expedition to Costa Rica in January 2011.
If you’ve always wanted to study hummers in the warm, sunny Neotropics when winter is at its worst in much of North America, here’s your chance to receive a $1,799 trip scholarship and get a tax deduction while supporting Hilton Pond Center’s education, research, and conservation endeavors.
Deadline is 26 October, click here for further details.