My new 400mm lens is too heavy for me to carry on our walks so I've been driving to spots where we have seen interesting subjects. Unfortunately, the wildlife doesn't usually wait around for me to return with the camera. Still, patience has its rewards.
I checked on the heron rookery. The males are staking out their territory, waiting for some willing female. There don't seem to be any takers yet and only three nests in this tree that had at least six last year. I guess it is still early, I'll check back in a few weeks.
Hooded Mergansers had been spotted in this pond and Hubby and I had seen them nearby on one of our walks. No luck when I returned with the camera but I did capture an image of this Wood Duck, hiding in the shadows with some mallards.
Over at the Mallard Pond I had twice seen a river otter so I headed there. A cormorant posed for me.
A Black Phoebe landed on a branch. I do like these little flycatchers, they look so dapper in their cut-away coats. I enjoy watching them flit off their perch to hawk insects out of the air.
I saw Mallards, Pied-billed Grebes and Egrets but no sight of the otter.
Wait, I see ripples, something is swimming!
That's not a river otter, it's a muskrat. He came closer and closer, presenting me with a problem I've never had before in photographing wildlife. He came so that my lens couldn't focus! I kept having to back up. He was only about five feet away when he finally noticed me and moved away.
On my way back to the car I spotted a flash of white in a small pond. Training my lens on the pond I saw not one but two pair of Hooded Mergansers! Aren't they cute?
They were quite a ways away but my lens didn't fail me. I'm pleased with the images but still hope to do better. I will keep looking, hoping for a closer shot.
To find more views of our wonderful world, go to Our World, Tuesday, hosted for us by Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia and Sandy.
To find more images of birds, check out World Bird Wednesday, hosted for us by Springman.