Happy Wednesday! ~ 198
Yesterday was one of those rare days when I had no lunch meeting nor engagement so when that happens I grab my camera and head out to see what I can find. It was a beautiful sunny day with blue skies, puffy clouds, and low humidity. In other words, perfect!
I actually started out looking for a farm scene to shoot. After several miles of driving without finding anything that caught my interest I decided to stop by the duck pond.
The duck pond has been a little disappointing for me this year. Very little activity of late. There were a couple of swans on the far side of the pond but it would have been impossible to get close enough to get a shot. So I thought I would go across the highway to the other marsh. There hasn’t been much there this year either but I was pleasantly surprised to see this pair of Trumpeter Swans rooting around in the grass.
All of a sudden they both started flapping their wings and headed right for me into the water. Like they decided they should pose for me. 🙂
After posing I guess they decided they needed to primp a little so they climbed up on this dead tree and started grooming themselves.
Camera specs: Nikon D610 | Nikon 80-400 mm lens | ISO 400 1/800 sec @ f8.0 | Manfrotto tripod / ball head
Yes I actually took the time to set up the tripod. I haven’t had very good results trying to shoot the 80 – 400 mm lens hand-held so I decided to put it on a tripod and I was happy with the results. It was good to see the swans again up close. They didn’t seem to mind me at all and swam very close to me from time to time.
I spent about 20 minutes photographing them and it was a great way to spend my lunch break.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your mid-week hump day. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.
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.