Walks With Wildlife
This week has been a glorious week, the snow is melting and the temperatures are comfortable. I have resumed my weekly walks with wildlife. Welcome spring and more wildlife and plant life to point my lens at.
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Early spring there isn’t much color, everything is brown with a little green. Bored with the regular walking paths and nature areas I decided to take my neighbor up on his offer and walk their new property of 50 acres.
When you see a large patch of white in an area that has no snow, you have to investigate. Low and behold – it isn’t snow! It is Snow White though 🙂
I don’t sit and stay long in one place. I am a wandering fool. I capture what is in front of me, or what I happen to run into on my explorations. There is something to be said for enjoying a cup of coffee while sitting at the edge of a pond or lake. Nothing rushed, nor expected. Just out enjoying the environment and sipping coffee. Perfection. Bliss.
Common Goldeneye Drakes Trying to Impress the Hens:
The displays that males do to gain a female’s attention are impressive. Some, will even make you laugh out loud when you witness them for the first time.
Even though this posting is mainly on mallards, we have plenty of ducks that breed in Wisconsin. Below is a video of common goldeneye drakes trying to flatter the hens.
I always tell my daughter when the ducks are doing what I call the, “The Pick me! Pick me! Dance.” It is the one thing that I think she enjoys watching. Otherwise, birds are not her cup of tea.
Unless I can assure her that there is going to be a good, WWE Smackdown goose fight. Then, she would be right there watching with me. Never heard someone laugh so hard over geese fighting in all my life. She is a barrel of laughs.
Today, is all about the female mallard. Spending some time locked on to female mallards in flight. Testing out some new settings. To see if I can capture excellent images with the Canon 6D. I have been having issues locking onto birds in flight. There is a delay between the camera and lens when capturing in flight images. Today, I’d like to gain knowledge on how to make a solid connection.