Saturday Morning at Teal Pond

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Started Saturday morning at Columbia Bottom in hopes of getting duck photos– but you have to have water to have ducks. No water– no ducks and Columbia Bottoms had neither.

Left Columbia Bottoms around 8 and headed for Riverlands. Saw George G parked on the rail at Teal Pond photographing pelicans swimming and preening. After a brief conversation, where George said it would be much later before the pelicans would fly, I pulled into the parking lot. A couple of lady birder/photographers were out on the first rip rap causeway. The large pelican flock then split into 3 parts. One part headed for the far west end of Teal Pond, the majority stayed where they were and smaller portion began swimming towards George.

I set up the tripod with the 500 with 1.4 and headed towards the far end since the two ladies walking were moving the birds to slowly change positions.

The wind was from the West which made all flight shots a combination of back or side lit– not the best conditions for that type of shot. Headed home for breakfast around 9:20 after saying bye to George.

Got an email later from George saying the birds flew 10 minutes after I left and flew a circle that presented them in front lighting and low altitude.  You gotta love it 🙂

Osprey morning

 

 

 

 

An early morning found me at Lincoln Shields. All during the week I had read emails and seen fantastic images from George Goeken about two ospreys. The birds were using a tree there to preen and rest in between fishing trips. It made working in the office a bit more bearable on one hand but harder to wait for the weekend on the other. Add a beautiful osprey image sent by Carolyn Schlueter that I found in my wake up email box and there was no doubt where I was going for the morning shoot.

There is a very small window where the osprey tree can be photographed due to extensive vegetation. For once I lucked out and was there before the “usual suspects” ( George,Carolyn, Jeff,Bernard, John Watson and several unknown photographers) 🙂

Plenty of images taken and these three were picked out at random. Hope you like them.

 

 

 

 

A quick post and an image from Labor Day

After all the rain, we were feeling a bit “claustrophobic” and made a run to Riverlands late Monday (Labor Day) afternoon. Lots of shorebirds arrived or were stopped by the remnants of Hurricane Issac and the blue wing teal are making an appearance. Both Molly and I have images that need to be processed. Here is one that we liked.