Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Day At The Marshes

Jake and I have found  a new favorite birding spot.
The Kaleida Marshes have been a good place to see lots of action.
These marshes are about a 20 minute drive from our place,so it is easy to visit them.
One of the more abundant birds is the Black Tern.
These birds have proven to be a challenge to photograph.
Fist ,because they are dark it is hard to make the eye visible,and second,
They are extremely fast fliers as they hunt for food.
On Saturday,June 19,we found these ducks.
The Northern Pintail is an elegant looking bird.
I think they have an air of sophistication about them.
This has so far been my best chance to get some good pictures.

 Here is one on take-off.
I would have preferred to have them closer,but that was not an option.
 In flight one can see the colors in the wings.
 On the other side of the road,this Wilson's Phalarope made a pass.
I am not very good at these flight shots,but I do like this one.
 Driving down one mile,this Blue-winged Teal allowed me to get reasonably close for at least one shot.
These marshes have three roads going right through them,so one can see birds on either side of the road.
We usually park the car and slowly walk along the road,this allows us to shot in either direction.I might add,there is very little traffic in this area.This is a real bonus.

Thought for today:
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

29 comments:

  1. I so enjoy your water bird picts. I don't see them here at home much. I would be going to this birding hot spot often if I were there! Great shots!

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  2. You have discovered a jewel Ruth. Such a marvelous place to go birding, and what awesome shots you have gotten.
    B.

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  3. So glad for the beautiful spot you've found to take pics of these great looking birds.

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  4. I always love your photos, Ruth... The picture of the Wilson's Phalarope is amazing... I love the Pintail also... GREAT pictures. Thanks!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. Hey...you take very good flight shots! It is so cool to see great pictures of birds I don't see here.

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  6. I'm glad you found this new birding spot. Your pictures are wonderful -- I think you did a great job of the birds in flight. I liked all of your Northern Pintail photos.

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  7. That marsh sounds so much like the one we visited at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge! No wonder that it is your new favorite place to bird. I LOVED that Wilson's Phalarope picture! Wow - I've never seen that bird and not only did you get a great flight picture but the face actually seems to have personality! The pintails are really neat, too!

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  8. I like the shots of the birds in flight, and also the photo of the teal--beautiful! It's so nice that you have a place just 20 miles from home to see all those interesting birds and ducks.

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  9. The first bird, the tern is quite a beautiful bird even if the eyes ARE hard to see. All of them are great, nice you found a great spot for water fowl pictures. Diane

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  10. Amazing find of nature's best.
    Beautiful captures!
    A wonderful weekend to both of you.
    Blessings.

    xo

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  11. you would love florida, we have miles and miles of marsh. love that duck photo

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  12. Love watching birds take off in flight - it's so freeing!

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  13. I really enjoy visiting your blog. You always post such an interesting variety of thoughts and photos. Love that Phalarope in flight shot! Good work. Flight shots are a challenge aren't they?

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  14. I can almost hear the soft quack, quack as they enjoy their secluded marsh. May you and Jake have many more relaxing walks down this road - we certainly love the results.

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  15. wonderful shots of these birds, Ruth! I know you enjoyed this outting!

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  16. Nice area to have close.Looks like thewater is low,would love to send some to you we are past 3 times normal for the month.

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  17. Oh Ruth, these pictures of the beautiful birds are fabulous. Have a great weekend

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  18. Those ducks appear to have much longer necks than the ones I see here. Really enjoyed all of the different images.

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  19. This looks like a place that I would love! Those Pintails are really neat. I've never seen a Phalarope before...neat! I do love seeing different kinds of water birds. Wonderful to not have much traffic there.

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  20. The 3rd 4th and 5th are my favorites - LOVE the take off! Thanks for sharing your new birding site with us. You are such a good guide!

    Will be heading to Canada this weekend (the border is just 20 minutes from me). We will be playing a baseball game up near Toronto. Why our baseball coach decided on a baseball game this weekend - I will never know - with the G8 and G20 Summits going on - I'd much rather stay at home than be on the bridges and trying to get thru the border.

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  21. Isn't it great to have such a place so near to home! I have several so it's never far to get some great shots, and you've got magnificent ones here. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  22. Good day. You have a nice blog. Your photo is really like. I'm just an amateur photographer. Have a nice day Radka.

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  23. Wonderful shots of all the birds, Ruth. I have seen most except for the Black Tern and the Wilson Phalarope. What a cool looking bird and I think your flight shot is awesome. Have a great week!

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  24. Ruth: Wonderful captures, what a great place to find some rare birds.

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  25. The marshes sound like a wonderful place to spend the day. I really like the last picture a lot.

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  26. A wonderful series, Ruth. It is so good to have a spot like this close home.

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  27. Great flight pictures Ruth. Right place at the right time...probably the hardest part.

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  28. Photographing birds in flight is a very big challenge - you've done a magnificent job, Ruth! I love the ducks and the tern.

    One time I was out canoeing at my cabin and the terns from the island (there were hundreds of them) decided that I was a threat and started diving and swooping at me. I have never seen a more fierce or determined animal, ever! Still beautiful but SCARY! (worse than butterflies) lol

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  29. I need to find some good birding spots where I can get more than just seagulls, not that I mind seagulls, I just want a variety. I try and try to get birds in flight and it's rare for me to get a good sharp one. It is very frustrating to me. These are all very nice. Hope to see more from your new favorite birding spot.

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