I used my off day to spend a little time looking for birds before the family Easter dinner today. I woke up to some beautiful sun that was shining through my bedroom window and although temps were below freezing . . . I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Everything was wonderful except I just didn’t have what it took for any good pictures!
Red-shouldered Hawks were vocalizing where I can always expect to find them! I could only capture one picture of the bird before it disappeared into the woods . . . teasing me with its “errrr, Errrr, ERRRR” vocalization (as if to say photographer, PHOTOgrapher, PHOTOGRAPHER!!)!” All not lost . . . a bazillion miles up into the sky there were two Turkey Vultures (CHECK, first for 2008)! One vulture did a quick fly-by to check out what the Red-shouldered Hawk was screaming about (but it was still up high in the sky)!
Walking back to my vehicle, I had two Common Mergansers flying directly towards me and I could hear them say . . . . “take the picture right, we are only going to pass you once”! Nope, out of frame and those tail feathers that I captured were blurry! I think I had a similar picture of some Woodducks later in the day when I tried sneaking up on them in a beaver pond! They were 100% aware that was coming and don’t you love the sounds they make when they fly away?? That’s what I remember most about those Woodducks!
Before heading over to my mothers . . . I did a quick detour to the Allegheny River for some casual waterfowl passing through. River is still a little high but I was able to find a few duck spots! Bufflehead, Pied Billed Grebe, Mallard, Woodduck, and American Wigeon . . . . all just a “little” too far away for any good pictures!
I finally gave up on my birdwatching and decided to spend my afternoon with an excellent family Easter dinner. I guess some days Mother Nature is very bold in telling you when you should be somewhere else with your family (instead of taking pictures). But . . . . every photographer must have patience!! When I arrived at home after dinner, I found this unique Easter Squirrel under my bird feeder. I have been trying to capture of picture of this little guy all winter and now I can say that the Easter Bunny finally arrived at my house!
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