Monday, February 6, 2012

Seems Like A Long Time

During my project I averaged one visit very 3 days. Now when I've been away for only a week and a half, it feels like an eternity. I visited the refuge this morning to see what was going on. I ran into Will and Kathy joining them in the weekly census. I probably did more birding than photography. I certainly was traveling light leaving the big lens at home.

Here are a few photos from our walk around the impoundments.

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Winter has taken its toll on the wasp's nest

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Canada geese took off from the ice right at us

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This Marsh Wren wintered over. Not too long before they will be singing on the tops of the cat tails.

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The seed pods of the Evening Primrose look like little flowers in the sunshine



Where ever we went there was ice. With the mild winter we don't have the mammoth sheets of ice. But the running and splashing water generates some interesting patterns.

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Down near the southwest entrance to the refuge, there are signs of recent beaver activity. While beavers can cause flooding, this winter the beaver along the river has been working on opening up a small vista of the river.

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While we were looking up, there were a couple of fly-bys that we caught.

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A pair of mute swans

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The belted kingfisher flying up the river

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Will spotted this sharp shinned hawk in the trees of the holt.


If you are interested in why it's so long between visits, you can check out my other photographic wanderings at blog.lightchronicle.com

I apologize for the ugly watermarks. I didn't have must time, so went with the default, instead of manually adding my own copyright. When I catch my breath, I will try to remember to fix these.