Sunday, February 23, 2014

All Gone! - 22 Feb 2014

I drove up to Port Huron to see the (remaining) 25,000 Long-tailed Ducks that were reported there yesterday.  When I arrived I found 6. And these birds were flying toward Lake Huron, which is where the rest of the flock has (presumed) gone. Winds were blowing, and there was a chop on the river. Only ice flows were along the Canadian side. With my TC14II Teleconverter in for repairs I was left shooting the Nikon D7100 w/ a 'naked' 300/2.8 VRII.  At f/5.6 and ISO 400 I was shooting 1/8000s in the afternoon sun.

My good buddy Charles Owens was up there, as well (I missed him), and posted some gorgeous shots of a Red-breasted Merganser (drake) and Long-tailed Duck on Facebook. I'm wondering if these are the same birds?  The only two ducks on the river, and I was able to photograph from behind the Municipal Building.

Zebra mussels and pending stomach ache



I drove along the river as far south as Marine City and failed to see any more ducks.  I did spot a flock of 6 Snow Buntings alongside the road. A nice treat.  I then dodged pot holes the rest of the way home.

3 comments:

Charles Owens Gallery said...

I think that one was different than the one I was taking pictures of. Looking out over the ice pack in Lake Huron I could see open water on the horizon and satellite imagery shows some open water on the western edge of the lake. I am sure all those ducks are along there somewhere. I am just glad that a few stayed behind for us to get pictures of.

Charles Owens Gallery said...

I think that one was different than the one I was taking pictures of. Looking out over the ice pack in Lake Huron I could see open water on the horizon and satellite imagery shows some open water on the western edge of the lake. I am sure all those ducks are along there somewhere. I am just glad that a few stayed behind for us to get pictures of.

"Dr. Bob" said...

Love it!!! Geez what you could have done on Wednesday! Even I got pics! :)

But, you did do it last Saturday and posted a great monograph!!! I will consult it to try to figure out what I shot!

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