Year 3 at High Acres has begun in grand fashion!

April 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Sunday April 6 - I think, I hope spring has finally arrived.  A beautiful day with blue skies, temps in the mid 50s and sunshine all over was too good to stay inside so late in the afternoon I trekked over the High Acres. I parked next to the barn and walked down to the causeway.  A year ago it had been much warmer and on April 4 I saw and captured a beautiful image of a great Egret in the pond west of the causeway.  Knowing that was too good to happen again i just decided to enjoy the day and the weather.  About 1/4 across the causeway something large and white caught my eye - no, not another egret but a big tundra swan floating around.  The first few images were not good as I could not steady the camera (no, I didn't bring a tripod).  A little farther down the path, however, was a tree and one branch at just the right height to set the camera on while I leaned against the trunk. Success!  Maybe not an image for the Professional Nature Photographers top 100 but a good solid image of the swan and a few friends. In the other corner of the pond was a large flock of …not geese, too small.  Not mallards, too much white.  Upon closer inspection they turned out to be 30+ ring neck ducks! What a bonus.  Click the images to see larger.

Trumpeter Swan - April 6, 2014Trumpeter Swan - April 6, 2014   Ring-Necked Ducks and a mallardRing-Necked Ducks and a mallardThere must have been 30 of them, males and females! If they would just come a little closer...


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