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Drake Common Merganser

Drake Common Merganser

Drake Common Merganser

After walking some trails today at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary,  I sat on a bench around the duck pond for 15 minutes, there was a drake common merganser keeping me company.

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So Elegant

Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.
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Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.

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Night Heron Fishing

Night Heron Fishing Wildlife Photography Print

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.

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Drake Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck Wildlife Print I Nikkilynndesign

Normally, I get ever so close to a wood duck in the wild and it rapidly takes to flight. I have been practicing my master skills of patience and stalking the drake wood ducks on this little retention pond down the street from my home. Hoping to come up with one, head on excellent keeper photo.

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Common Goldeneye Drakes Trying to Impress the Hens

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.

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Black Crown Night Heron

Black Crown Night Heron - Only way to get some of the better shots is by boat and this mating pair of black-crowned night herons were sitting along the shore. Not far from the nest islands.

Black Crown Night Heron

Black crown night heron are mostly active at night or at dusk. The birds stand still at the water’s edge and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night or early morning. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, small mammals, and small birds. During the day they rest in trees or bushes.

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Ducks Rocks Rebar Oh My

Ducks Rocks Rebar Oh My

Say it quickly with me ducks, rocks, rebar oh my.  This week has been interesting to say the least. It started off traversing rocky shoreline, while photographing the diving ducks along the bay. Ended with a black eye and broken camera screens.

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Locked on to Female Mallards in Flight

Locked on to Female Mallards in Flight

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. 

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