Advanced warning--bird photo overload.
My 70-300 Nikkor zoom lens has been burning a hole in my camera bag, begging for an opportunity to digitize something moving and far away. There is a game reserve a few miles from my home where fishing is not allowed until June. I drove there the other day and had the place pretty much to myself except for a LOT of wildlife. I have tried to identify the birds in these photos using Kaufman’s Field Guide to Birds of North America. Please feel free to point out any errors.
Common Merganser Red Breasted Merganser(I love the mergansers. They dive for minnows and have the coolest hair. They have an attitude of bravado that goes with the hair).
The noise they make sounds like someone starting up a chainsaw. They are huge birds and do quite a showy, joyful mating dance.
Of course with all the ducks, there were predators. I think this is a sharp-shinned hawk. I tried to stay as still as possible and after a while was rewarded
when a family of otters
came out on the bank to play. I knew there were bald eagles in the area and hoped to see one, but finally ran out of time. As I stood up to walk back to the car…