Long-tailed Ducks in flight, Barnegat Inlet, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, New Jersey

August 4, 2009

Hey everybody,

My lack of participation on this blog lately has gone on for too long! I’ve been working hard on preparing photos for my new website, and I’ve enjoyed a rare week of doing absolutely nothing at all! I’m getting caught up again with processing photos. Here are two images I made of Long-tailed Ducks at Barnegat this past February. I had a great visit and saw tons of birds, including but not limited to: Harlequin Ducks, Long-tailed Ducks, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, Red-breasted Mergansers. Barnegat really is a great spot and I hope to return for a morning or two this winter!

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Pair of Harlequin Ducks, Barnegat Light, NJ

March 20, 2009

Hey everyone,

I’m taking a quick break from processing shots I took on my long trip to show you some birds I photographed this winter. Here’s a shot from early February of male and female Harlequin Ducks. They’re definitely one of the more interesting waterfowl I’ve seen! In this shot I liked the way the two of ’em were sitting next to each other. I stopped down to f/13 to get them both in focus.

Barnegat Light is a great place to photograph them, along with Red-breasted Mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks, Brant, and some Scoters or a Common Eider if you’re lucky.

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Two more Wood Ducks

February 12, 2009

Sorry for my recent lack of updates. I’ve been super busy. Here are the last two Wood Ducks i’ll post here for a long time, I promise!

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Lesser Scaup and Canvasback

February 4, 2009

I can never sleep. It sucks.

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Tundra Swan at last light, Choptank River, Maryland

February 1, 2009

Hey everybody,

Yesterday afternoon I drove out to Cambridge, Maryland to photograph some waterfowl on the Choptank River. It was a great afternoon, as I was able to make images of Tundra Swan, Canvasback, Redhead, American Widgeon, and Lesser Scaup. The light was good, the water was relatively calm, and it wasn’t too cold. I had expected it to be very crowded with birders due to the Eurasian Widgeon and Tufted Duck sightings, but that wasn’t the case. I came across this Tundra Swan with about five minutes of sunlight left in the day. It was fairly far out, but I set up my gear and waited anyway. Much to my happiness, after not even a minute, it swam in much closer and I was able to make this image. I really love the way super low-angle sunlight almost seems to make white birds glow.

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Wood Duck in Autumn Reflections

January 29, 2009

…another Wood Duck from Ohio!

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Wood Duck Drake in Autumn Reflections

January 26, 2009

Who doesn’t like Wood Ducks? They are definitely among the most unique looking North American birds, and a personal favorite to photograph. Even if you’re not into birds, they’re just awesome looking ducks.

In the second week of October last year, I traveled to Cleveland, OH to photograph Wood Ducks. There’s a park that’s a few miles east of the city where Wood Ducks are extremely tame, and have even been known to eat corn from people’s hands. Going in peak autumn color makes for some very unique and interesting photo ops. As you can see here, by standing higher then I normally would for photographing waterfowl, I am able to photograph the Wood Duck with the reflections of the autumn trees on the water. Here’s one of a few I’m going to share with you.

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