Early Spring Wildlife at Sweet Marsh
Ever wonder if the good Lord supports worthwhile efforts? I learned again today that if I follow where I am led, I will be provided for.
Case in point – I had an urge today to hike an area I visit only a few times a year. As I was hiking, nearly every avian species I might have pointed my Nikon at took flight well before I could photograph it. The writing appeared to be on the wall…I was going for a long hike that was going to produce more exercise benefits than photography products.
Shortly after I rounded the last curve of the trail that led to an open area, the rewards of “following when I doubted” appeared. A huge (probably the largest I have ever seen) river otter casually climbed out of the water and paused directly in front of me just feet away. We locked eyes on each other, I shot a few frames with my camera, and the otter returned to the water where I was able to shoot a few more photos.
After the river otter moved on, I simply remained in one spot and waited. Every so often something would fly by – sometimes close and sometimes farther away. Plenty of times I was able to shoot a picture, but not always.
What was really interesting was that the steady flow of feathered traffic ended (or slowed way down) after the grand finale appeared – trumpeter swans. I heard them before I saw them, but eventually they flew directly at me as if I was supposed to enjoy them at close range. The swans were like the prettiest display in a fireworks show.
And to think I thought I wasn’t going to see anything today. Boy, was I wrong!
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Smaller views of the wildlife follow: