Great news, the Trumpeter Swans are back at the Hurstville Wetlands (Duck Pond.) There were close to a hundred Canada Geese also at the pond yesterday. I had noticed the pond was very busy on my way in yesterday morning. I knew I didn’t have any lunch plans so I decided this is where I’ll spend my lunch period.
As I crossed the Hurstville Bridge over the Maquoketa River two mature bald eagles were flying very low over the road. Damn, I’m already 5 minutes late for work. After turning around twice to get a place to park they were gone. 😦
So on my lunch period I grabbed a quick sandwich and headed for the Duck Pond. I spent my entire lunch break there and had a great time. The drama that I often experience in my work is evident at the Pond as well. Territorial battles, relationship issues, and the constant struggle to distinguish yourself from your peers. 🙂
I shot 205 images but mostly I just watched. One neat thing that I’ll show you soon is that the power company has put “spinners” on all the power-lines that border the Pond. In years past several of the swans and geese have been electrocuted as they come in for landing or fly out of the pond. Those power-lines were hard to see. I noticed them earlier in the week but the crew was there yesterday completing their work. I suspect my friend Ann had something to do with the spinners. I’m so glad to see that they have been added for protection of the wildlife.
Returning from his victory this male swan makes a big splash on his landing near his mate. He did a lot of posturing after landing and I was able to capture some of the that, which I’ll share on another post. Let’s just say he was making sure his mate knew what a fearsome creature he really was. 🙂
Big day for me today. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. More on that later. For now I hope you enjoyed the swans as much as I did.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.
Quick update on the Swans at Hurstville. They seem to be doing just fine, despite the ever decreasing water supply at the pond. There is one area of the pond that seems to retain enough water to keep them happy. As you can see from the above image this Cygnet is getting pretty big, almost the same size as his/her parents.
Not to worry the other Cygnet is out of frame, laying in the muck and grooming itself. I couldn’t get them both in the same image because of the focal length I was using.
I saw this dramatic cloud formation on my way home and just had to pull over to the side of the road and grab some images. I could not find any harvesting last evening. Lots of crop still in the field so there is still time to get some good harvesting images.
I got a new iMac yesterday. My laptop is getting a little old, slow, and full. I have been thinking about replacing it. I was looking on-line and made the decision to go with a desktop instead of a new laptop. That decision saved 50% of what a laptop would have cost.
Additionally I go from at 14 inch screen to a 27 inch screen to process my images. The laptop will still travel with me but I can take a lot of disk space it is now using and transfer that to larger capacity disk of the iMac.
The problem is transitioning from one system to a new one. Just getting programs that I use everyday reconfigured to my liking is a lengthy process. Still better than trying to figure out Windows 8. I do not know who Microsoft uses to determine what people like (they say their design is the result of user feedback) because I have yet to meet someone who likes Windows 8 or for that matter the new Office configuration. I was talking to an avid Windows user the other day and he lamented that he cannot find things on his computer since he switched to Win8.
There is consistency in the Mac OS. 🙂 I was a DOS / Windows user for ever but I’m very happy with MAC.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day and be careful.