Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Dose of Fresh Air

The last couple of days I've been at home, sick. While it has been an effective way to loose weight, I don't recommend it to anyone.

This morning, I was feeling a little better and thought maybe some fresh air and sunshine would help me feel better. Combine that with the weather forecast calling for increasing bad weather the next few days, I decided to head over to Great Meadows.

It probably wasn't the wisest thing I've done, since I was totally tired when I got home, but the change of scenery did encourage my spirit. Along the way, I played with my teleconverter and captured some photos you might enjoy.

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A ringed-neck duck. Click on the photo to view large, probably the best photo I've taken about why it's named a ringed-neck instead of a ringed-bill duck.

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A Mallard in flight. Nothing special, except the longer the focal length, the tougher to find birds in flight in the viewfinder.

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Do you prefer the blue or brown background?

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If this Downy had gotten any closer I was going to have to backup!

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A different pose

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This time I did photograph some Palm Warblers

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They were between the river & the trail, maybe 100 yards west of the boat ramp

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A pair of Black-capped Chickadees were checking out this snag for a nest

I must be getting better. Though I was tired when I came home after a little nap. I was up and hungry (something I haven't been for 48 hours) with enough energy to assemble this post...but now I think I need another nap. See you around the refuge.