The best way to see birds that are not often seen in your area is to look for them during migration. Many birds that are not yearlong residents or even seasonal residents of an area can be seen when they stop over as they migrate north in the summer or back south in the winter. I love the subtle color of this female Canvasback. I was able to see this Canvasback during… Read More
This American Black Duck is watching warily from across the pond. I don’t see American Black Ducks very often. The light was beautiful on the day pictured. I was so happy about the light that I forgot about almost everything else. The scene was just so beautiful that day. I just wanted to click the shutter. Photo data: Nikon D500. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/1000 sec. F/5.6.
Double-Crested Cormorants are large waterfowl. The Double-Crested Cormorant is more like a loon or a merganser than a duck. When Double-Crested Cormorants are swimming on the water they have an odd look to them. They often seem to have more of their bodies under water or just at surface level. If you see a Double-Crested Cormorant swimming on the water it often looks more like a submarine periscope sticking up out of… Read More
Common Loons are not so common in my area. Every once in a while a Common Loon will appear for a brief period of time in my area. But usually we don’t see them here. However, if you want to have a better chance at seeing a Common Loon you don’t have to go too far to find them. I am in New York near the Pennsylvania border, but I don’t even… Read More
The Common Gallinule (Common Moorhen) is a bird often found out on the water. Finding these Common Gallinule at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge has been fun. This photo does a good job showcasing the environment where the Common Gallinule live. On a pond. Behind some foliage. Out on the water with other waterfowl like ducks. I also like the way the Common Gallinule is looking down almost like it is watching its… Read More
The American Coot is such an interesting bird. American Coots are a duck like bird and are often seen with ducks, but they are not ducks. The body of an American Coot is mostly dark gray colored with a black head. Then there is a narow pointy white beak. But the most interesting feature of an American Coot is their feet. It is difficult to describe. Just google it. They are pretty… Read More
Continue to stay the course. It doesn’t mean do what you normally would have done had the corona virus pandemic not occurred, but it means keep working at the goals and plans that you had already made. It means adapt those plans as best you can to fit into your life and your businesses in the way we have to operate now. My commitment this year was to work hard to grow… Read More