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Saturday Birding

Tundra Swans
Tundra Swan and Canada Goose

Mike and I went out to do some Saturday Birding over at Swamp Road in Randolph today. We were not disappointed with an outstanding array of waterfowl, which included: Tundra Swans, Canada Goose, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Redhead Ducks, Bufflehead, Northern Pintails, Scaup species, Common Golden-eye, Ring-necked Duck and American Wigeon. Highlights of the day included a Red-bellied Woodpecker (CHECK), American Coot (CHECK) and Rough-legged Hawk (CHECK). All of which were first for 2008’s for me!

American Robin
American Robin

Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser

American Kestrel
American Kestrel

Amish Farm
Amish Farm House

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17 responses

  1. What a great day for you guys! It’s nice to see these birds again, isn’t it? Great bird photos, and I love the Amish farm, too!

    22 March 2008 at 6:50 pm

  2. Great images Tom. I wasn’t able to get out and shoot waterfowl with my rental lens before I had to return it with all the rain we had and then snow. I’m curious, which lens do you use for waterfowl? Great images, looks you had a great day birding.


    22 March 2008 at 7:25 pm

  3. Lovely birds but that photo of the Amish farm house is wonderful.

    Happy Easter, Tom.

    22 March 2008 at 10:00 pm

  4. @ Pam – it was a great day for sure! Thanks and I liked the windmill!
    @ Tom – thanks and I only have to lenses! I have the kit lens that come with my Nikon D70s and for all the bird shots (including waterfowl) I am using a 100x400mm Vivitar (Series 1) 1:4.5-6.7 lens that’s is probably almost 15 years old. Because of its age . . . I have been having some problems with it but I hope to have a new lens once I have some money saved up. But will probably get a new body (D80) first.
    @ Mary – Thanks and actually took that through my vehicle window!

    22 March 2008 at 10:44 pm

  5. We went out today to find birds at Presque Isle. I was so excited to spot a bunch of birds that I was able to identify (after referring back and forth to the bird book.) Your pictures always come out so clear and close up. I checked my pictures and most of the water fowl are dots in the landscape. Some day I hope to get a good camera with a real zoom.

    23 March 2008 at 12:01 am

  6. i love the picture of the American Kestrel. glad you had a good birding day. ~nita~

    23 March 2008 at 1:25 am

  7. What beautiful images Tom! Sounds like it was a delightful day.

    23 March 2008 at 8:05 am

  8. Looks like a great birding trip–I love the picture of the Hooded Mergansers.

    23 March 2008 at 9:38 am

  9. You live in a lovely area. I can tell, it has lots of birds and not much snow. 🙂

    Great photos, as usual.

    23 March 2008 at 9:51 am

  10. Holy wow! Look at all those birds!!!! I’d love to see that! My favorite shot was your hooded merganser – however, I am just enamoured by your work as it stands.

    23 March 2008 at 12:07 pm

  11. You did a great job capturing the Tundra Swans! But my favorite is the American Kestrel on the old farm post!

    23 March 2008 at 12:36 pm

  12. I was in the bird mode and had to do that sudden brake and shift focus at the Amish Farmhouse..what a cool, cool picture! You are an amazing photographer!

    23 March 2008 at 3:38 pm

  13. @ Linda – So glad you were able to get out to do a little birding! Trust me, my pictures don’t always turn out the way I would like them to! But I do try!
    @ Nita – thanks and was a great day !
    @ Jayne – thanks and was!
    @ Joan – thanks and it turned out much nicer than I thought it would!
    @ Wren – Thanks and lets hope the snow is over! Thanks
    @ aullori – Thanks and was great hearing the Canada and Tundra Swans!
    @ Barb – thanks and it was great seeing the kestrel!
    @ Sherry – Thanks and you are too kind! Blush! Sometimes the photographer comes out and you say you just need to capture that picture! Actually, I took it through my vehicle window!

    23 March 2008 at 10:52 pm

  14. I’m really jealous of you getting out to bird. It’s been tough to get out around here. But this weekend looks promising – I might have to disappear for the WHOLE weekend out in the field.

    Nice shots throughout this post, by the way – not just of the creatures, but the ambiance you captured in the shots from the mergansers to the kestrel to the farm.

    24 March 2008 at 1:52 pm

  15. Lisa at Greenbow

    Looks like you had a good time. All of those swans would have been enough to make my day.

    24 March 2008 at 2:31 pm

  16. I really like those pictures. Something about that Kestrel shot that is so nice. It’s kind of ‘Wyeth-esk”

    You’ve convinced me, Tom. Spring is underway. Ahhhh . . . . Check! :0)

    24 March 2008 at 2:41 pm

  17. @ Marty – Helps living out in the woods . . . hope you are able to get out to take some pictures!
    @ Lisa – thanks and the swans were great for sure!
    @ Cathy – thanks and you should see my kestrel post from today! That’s my fave!

    24 March 2008 at 8:20 pm

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