Lake Michigan birding March 22nd, a quick preview
It’s Thursday evening, and I already have 51 hours in for the week, and the legal limit is 60, so tomorrow will be a (relatively) short day. Needless to say, I haven’t been out walking at all the week, 14 hours on with 10 hours off does that to me.
Note: You can click on any of these photos for a larger version, and I recommend that you do, I’m very, very proud of these.
However, I did make it to the Lake Michigan shoreline early Sunday morning. How early? This early!
All my efforts at learning the Photomatix HDR software is beginning to show fruit, especially when I use Lightroom to do the conversion to Tiff before loading the images in Photomatix. Not to brag, but I can see that I’m making real progress.
It was a very cold morning, I nearly froze my fingers off getting the sunrise photos, and most of the photos from the day, but it was worth it! I stopped at the Bear Lake channel that feeds into Muskegon Lake on a bit of a lark, to fool around with the mallards there…
…when this guy came out from under one of the boat docks there.
When I think about all the times that I’ve stalked wood ducks trying to get a good photo of one, well, it’s been a struggle to put it mildly. Now, I had one at close range that let me shoot all the photos that I wanted.
And though the light wasn’t perfect, it was good enough as you can see. To me, wood ducks are one of the most beautiful species of any type of bird, not just waterfowl, it’s a wonder that I didn’t fill the entire memory card of the camera with just photos of him. But then, I wouldn’t have shot this one of a juvenile bald eagle.
Yup, it was that kind of day.
Now, it’s time for me to shower and turn in for the night.
That this is it for this one, thanks for stopping by!