Monday, April 18, 2011

A Bonus Day

Our plans changed.  The morning was free.  The sun was shining.  Amy had the day off.  So we wandered over to Great Meadows with our cameras in hand, while the sun was still low on the horizon.

The Fish & Wildlife folks were just towing a boat down to the launch as we arrived.  We later saw them patrolling the river.  We couldn't catch up with them to find out what they were up to.

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There were already a couple of photographers on the dike, with their long lenses and tripods.  I got quite a chuckle of their rolling lens cases.  I can't imagine it helps them get close to their subjects.

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It's hard not to stop and take a few photos of Red-winged Blackbirds in the early sunlight.  I've had a mental image of what the perfect shot of one would look like.  This year, I keep getting closer, but am not there yet.

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Further down the path we admired the Ring Necked Ducks.  Further up the path we encountered a swimming Wood Duck  in nice light.

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The mammals were quite busy too.  Most of the muskrats were shy and reclusive today.  But this one did not seem phased by our appearance in the distance.  No sooner have the trees started to break bud than this Red Squirrel started to eat the tender buds.  They probably are a welcomed changed from the winter cache of nuts.

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Light Chronicle | Photography: GM20110418A &emdash;

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Continuing around the lower impoundment, I noticed a pair of swallows sitting on an old snag.  Last year, I photographed a pair feeding their young in this tree.  Hopefully, this pair will set up housekeeping here too.

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Much of the green growth is below the surface of the water.  One pair of geese which werent sitting on a nest were busy munching away on their aquatic salad.

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