Monday, April 8, 2013

A Spring Census

Many Monday mornings I accompany the bird census crew as they wander the refuge inventorying the avian wildlife. For me this is more of a birding activity than a photography activity as it helps develop my birding skills. (It is also a little difficult to juggle the long lens & tripod and binoculars. You never know whether you should be trying to capture a photo or study a bird.) I do often bring a camera with a shorter lens, but it's usually bird girst and then capture record shots.

Here are some moments from today's census at the refuge.

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The Wood Ducks are plentiful. While still skittish love is in the air, so you can get some good views before they swim off.

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There are currently 100-200 Tree Swallows at the refuge. I think this photographer has "too much lens" to try to capture all of them.

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I wish their flight pattern was more predictable, so it would be easier to photograph them in flight. On occasion one heads straight at you which is easier.

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With that many close together there are bound to be some disputes

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It appears that geese also enjoy having their neck nibbled on during the act.

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Ringed-neck Ducks practicing marching for the upcoming Patriot's Day parade...close, but not quite right

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The single Purple Martin first identified by David Swain continues at the refuge

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You definitely know it's not a swallow from the underside

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It is official spring is here, because the warblers are here. This Yellow-rumped Warbler was near the impoundment outflow near the boat ramp.

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It was a good day for ducks. Here a male Blue-winged Teal heads for a landing

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Not as clear, but a good look at the colors

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Another sign of spring we've started to see reptiles

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and Amphibians too.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see blue-winged teals about, i'm looking forward to my next encounter with one!

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