Wetland Birdlife: Resting, Diving, Hunting and Fishing

Officially, we’re more than 3 weeks into Spring, but this past weekend was really the seasonal turning point. Cold rain, residual surface ice and flooding prevailed, but have since yielded to very warm, sunny days and an early floral bloom in the lawn.

Wetland habitats were alive with ducks, geese, herons and birds of prey, presenting one last chance for observations and photos under winter conditions.

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Hooded Merganser; Chenango Canal

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Bufflehead; Leland Pond

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Common Mergansers; Chenango Canal

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Ring-necked Duck, hen; Woodman Pond

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Ring-necked Ducks; Woodman Pond

In my peripheral vision there appeared to be several darkish clumps of cattails about 50 meters into the marsh. I drove a short distance, then pulled over. Something wasn’t quite right. The dark clumps of cattails were tipped in white…herons! There were 6 in an area no more than 20 meters across. All but one took flight seconds before I was in a position to photograph.

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The river was at flood level, turbulent and muddy; in my mind, unfishable The Osprey seemed to agree. It was hunting/fishing over a flooded tributary and floodplain nearby.

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Osprey; Chenango River floodplain

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved..

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4 thoughts on “Wetland Birdlife: Resting, Diving, Hunting and Fishing

    • Thanks Donna. As you know, many species out on the big, ice-free waters now and out of reach for quality shots. A couple of the images in the post were borderline. Must concentrate on other subjects now — and a massive spring clean-up around the house and property — looks like a war zone after the long winter! Good luck with your gardens, birds and posts this spring.

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