One of my goals for this year is to improve on some of the pictures I’ve taken of various species. Last week I took 3 days and ran around the State looking for some of the birds that I rarely if ever see in Palm Beach County. As an example, take Ducks … during a normal Winter we don’t get enough species that are close enough to photograph, at least well, so the only solution is to go where they are in much greater abundance and much more available to photograph.
My first stop on Tuesday the 8th was Vierra Wetlands. I arrived very early as the sun was just getting up. It was a beautiful clear/calm morning which was very conducive to photography. Vierra Wetlands is a park where very few people walk. Cars drive around a series of impoundments and the Wildlife becomes very acclimated to vehicles making a close approach possible.
I had read that there was a very cooperative Bufflehead Duck and how true this turned out to be. What a wonderfully tough Species to photograph well. The colors on his head are very similar to a Ruby-throated Hummingbird … the light has to hit it exactly right or all you see is Black. I took many hundreds of photos and only a few show his iridescence well.
Not only was this guy a great subject but he was hanging out with a group of Hooded Mergansers … another stunning subject.
There were so many wonderful opportunities. As I was sitting waiting for the Ducks to swim into good shooting positions this nice Common Yellowthroat flew within a couple of feet and sang for me!
One spectacle that I’ve seen before that continues to amaze every time I see it is when large groups of a species get together. Swallows are notorious for being seen in huge groups and I was fortunate enough to witness a “Tornado” of Tree Swallows … way cool!
I have so much more to share in the coming days and I trully want to thank each and everyone of you for visiting my blog. I hope everyone had a great weekend!