Two Outings, Different Species
Some time has passed since I was able to spend much of the day enjoying wildlife in the outdoors. My day began with a hike at Sweet Marsh. Since temperatures have dropped again resulting in more ice, most of the migrating waterfowl were congregated into a few spots of open water too far away for photos. My photo shooting opportunities were limited to the few waterfowl species that passed overhead. Unfortunately, the lighting was far from ideal.
Buffleheads in Flight:
Ring-necked Ducks in Flight:
Northern Shovelers in Flight:
Greater White-fronted Geese in Flight:
Non-waterfowl birds photographed included sandhill cranes, a northern harrier, and a red-shouldered hawk.
Northern Harrier Hunting at Sweet Marsh:
Sandhill Cranes at Sweet Marsh:
Red-shouldered Hawk in Tree:
My second outing today was to check on the two saw-whet owls I have been watching this winter. It took some looking, but eventually I did find them.
Saw-whet Owls in Cedar Tree:
My photo-day ended with this red-tailed hawk on a street light.
Red-tailed Hawk on Street Light: