Spring Waterfowl Migration Wrap-up Part I

April 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I had an enjoyable time this spring attempting to make photos to share with everyone.  As I've always said, I am privileged to be able to enjoy nature and see various wildlife.  Many people don't have the mobility, don't live in an area where it's possible, or moved away and my photographs bring back good memories.  Whatever the case, I hope you enjoy this blog "Part I" and "Part II" in a few days, as I will include many other images I made while in the field during spring waterfowl migration.

While at a nearby lake, my wife and I watched this Bald Eagle nest for over an hour; waiting for the mate to return.  It didn't so we moved along.  We will return when we have more time.  There is at least one eaglet in the nest.  It is still too small to see from the ground but I happened to see it "go to the bathroom" over the edge of the nest.

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Nesting Bald Eagle

 

This is another Photoshop composite of a Horned Grebe diving.  It was made with five images.  I made the composites in this and a couple other blog posts to illustrate the diving technique of the birds.  This is probably the last for the year.

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Horned Grebe Diving Composite

 

This Ring-necked Duck pair didn't swim off as fast as the others, leaving me with a nice portrait of the pair.

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Ring-necked Duck Pair (male/female)

 

Here is a Lesser Scaup pair on Lake Arthur.

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Lesser Scaup Pair (male/female)

 

When one bird is frightened, they are all frightened.  A pair of Canada Geese got nervous and lifted off the water causing a scurry of several other ducks.  These two Bufflehead passed the goose like it was standing still.

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Canada Goose and Bufflehead

 

One day, while in a blind to photograph Hooded Merganser (photos in a previous blog), this muskrat swam right towards me and disappeared into the bank underwater.

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Muscrat

 

Not long after it disappeared, I saw another one, or the same one (who can tell!), to my right chewing on some aquatic grasses.

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Muscrat

 

I find the Gadwall ducks a very guarded duck.  They've tested me by swimming within 50 yards but, if I move, they begin to swim away.  This female was photographed one day when I was not concealed in a blind.

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Gadwall (female)

 

This male Gadwall approached a little closer one morning when I was in a blind.  He still spotted me and retreated.

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Gadwall (male)

 

I keep trying to for a sharp, flying Bufflehead photo but they are usually too far away.  My 300mm lens and 1.4 extender just doesn't provide an ideal setup for what I'm trying to do.  The dramatic sunlight, calm water, and overall composition makes me like this image anyway.

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Bufflehead Pair (female/male)

 

I found this White-tailed Deer while walking the trail back to my vehicle. 

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White-tailed Deer

 

I didn't want to make this blog post too long so I saved a handful of photos for a Part II.  Check back in a couple days.

Thanks for looking,

Dan


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