Waterfowl on the Move

There are now Canada Geese, resident and migratory, on every puddle, pond, lake and wetland. Their favorite feeding grounds are harvested corn fields near open surface waters.


Canada Geese and other waterfowl on Woodman Pond

Geese aren’t the only waterfowl species enjoying the ice-free water.


Common Merganser, males


Common Mergansers, male and female

Yesterday, a flock of nearly 100 migrating Snow Geese chose to work the corn stubble and refuel, rather than battle strong, cold wind and snow. SnowGeese5Apr14#021Ec3x5 SnowGeese5Apr14#049E Snowgeese5Apr14#061Ec8x10

My favorite waters this time of year are small streams; tree-lined, canal waterways; and swamps. They’re usually quiet, off the beaten path, teeming with wildlife, and provide more photo ops within reach of my modest gear. Wood Ducks are cruising around in these places now, thinking ahead to the nesting season.


Male Wood Duck, one of several on the Chenango Canal

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.


5 thoughts on “Waterfowl on the Move

    • Thanks Lisa. The snow geese were a bit too far away to capture exactly what I wanted, but I managed to get enough keepers to tell the story. Might work with one of the flight shots and see how it prints.

    • Glad you liked it! I was thinking of giving photog a back seat for awhile in order to catch up on spring maintenance, but things are changing at warp speed and I had to post while the iron was hot (cold)!

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