Monday, December 10, 2012

Dull and Dreary - 09 Dec 2012

With just a couple of hours to blow this morning I took a ride down to Wm. H. Sterling St. Pk. in Monroe Co.  A drive through the park yielded about 100 Bonaparte's Gulls feeding relatively close to the main road.  However, it was very overcast, and slightly drizzly, so photography was pretty much out of the question. So how do you salvage a bad photo in this condition? I took this flight shot of a Bonaparte's Gull, applied heavy saturation, then a watercolor filter to the image.  I like it a lot more than the original!

Six Bald Eagles were fighting the wind along the Lake Erie shoreline, but were too far to photograph.  Otherwise, only a scant Tree Sparrow was seen.

From there I drove up to Pt. Mouillee SGA, heading down Reaume Rd. to Roberts Rd.  No raptors, and only a couple of Tree Sparrows.

Out on the mudflats in the open water off of Harbin Dr. I spotted 6 Killdeer still hanging around.

Campau Rd. was empty, as was the parking lot and boat launch area.  I had to struggle to see any gulls flying around.  A lone Pied-billed Grebe was seen near the shoreline, while out on the bay perhaps a 100 or so Tundra Swans were floating on the water.  Hundreds of ducks were flying over Lake Erie, but even they were too far to see w/ binoculars to ID.

I stopped by the fence just long enough to grab this pick of a Northern Cardinal.  Again, poor lighting and a dull image prompted some Photoshopping.  Same treatment as above.

As I headed home I spotted a pair of Great Egrets in the ponds of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.  Its late for these birds to still be around, so a nice sighting!

The rest of the day would see a winter's mix of rain and snow, so birding was done for the day...

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