Migration Swing

November 08, 2020

As the fall colors are fading, the waterfowl migration is in full swing. I went out to a couple of my favorite spots this week.

On Friday morning, the sun was shining, and the unseasonable warm weather was a bonus. I decided it was a perfect day for a walk around Wintergreen Lake.

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When I arrived at the sanctuary, I didn't go to the area that most photographers use. I walked to the East side of the lake to a small blind on the edge of the water.

It's a different perspective as the waterfowl comes over the tree line and flies into the lake. As the sun rose over the trees and lit up the lake, the flocks of geese just kept coming. I watched in amazement as they majestically flew right in front of me.

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The smaller species of migrating ducks are less likely to come in close to the shoreline. These Hooded Mergansers swam by a couple of times but stayed closer to the middle of the lake.

I love to get some full-frame shots of some of them; it just didn't happen on Friday.

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Earlier in the week, I went to a marsh close to our house. It was during the golden hour before sunset.

I was looking for Sandhill Cranes. The marsh is as dry as I've ever seen it. As I waited for the Cranes, it became clear the not many were in the area. I finally had a few fly in, and as you can see, they were looking for water.

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Photography should be fun! It's not about the phone or camera brand you're using. Always remember, your best photographs are the result of one thing, making an effort to get out and shoot.

Comments always welcomed.
Mark