I love going to the bird sanctuary in late fall, photographing the fall colors surrounding Wintergreen lake. I arrived before sunrise hoping to catch the golden hour. It was chilly! I’m sure glad I dressed warm. As the sun rose above the tree line, the colors became vibrant.
I was surprised to see mostly Trumpeter Swans, Geese and Mallard ducks. The fall migration normally provides me the opportunity to photograph some of the uncommon species. I only saw a few Buffleheads, no Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Redhead or even a Wood Ducks. I decided to focus my efforts on trying to take photographs that featured warm, vibrant colors surrounding the waterfowl.
Trumpeter Swans in Flight
The native Trumpeter Swan, with their huge wingspan, has a loud trumpet like call. They fly in a circler path, before gliding feet first into the water. I focused on following them, hoping they would fly in front of the beautiful fall colors. With some patience, I was happy with my results.
Mallard duck in Flight
The smaller, fast, Mallard duck poses a greater challenge to photograph. They seem to come out of nowhere, flying in irregular patterns. I did my best to track them in my cameras viewfinder; I really struggled to get a sharp photograph.
Another enjoyable morning, in the outdoors, photographing nature’s beauty.