Local Waterfowl and Watering Holes

I’ve been skipping the swamp walks for the last few weeks and for the most part stayed local for my hobby shoots. Might have something to do with those new boots I haven’t quite found yet or the different freelance sports gigs I was busy with for a few weeks. It was a good stretch, I’ve become a little more familiar with my gear, having processed so many thousands of pictures lately.

Back at it. I’ve ran into some new-to-me birds and I’ve been lucky to have snapped many of them in high enough quality to share, and to identify them, which I’m not always 100% sure about. Any corrections would be much appreciated.

Down the street at Speedwell Lake for a few days in a row I ran into these rather large diving black birds I later found to be Double-Crested Cormorants, a fun watch. I wish I could’ve gotten closer. They spend 10 plus seconds under water and are quite large with striking facial features. I’m a fan.


The Cormorant on the right displaying tufted plumes on its head, meaning its a breeding adult. 7B0A2325.jpg

I was surprised to find more than a few bright yellow birds here in New Jersey, if it wasn’t for the camera I’d never have noticed all their differences.

Palm Warbler, Morristown, NJ
Golden-Crowned Kinglet
Yellow-Rumped Warbler, with breeding plumage
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Female Downy Woodpecker

Finally getting some lucky high speed captures with some depth of field. I’ve been working on moving my aperture to 5-5.6 and more when the light permits.

Different Female Downy Woodpecker

Some miscellaneous Burnham Park and Speedwell Lake findings. Small bit of water, big inhabitants. 7B0A3056.jpg7B0A3001.jpgHoping to see enough amphibians to learn a few things


Spotted Sandpiper, nice to get so many new birds7B0A3547.jpg7B0A3546.jpg

Common Grackle



I got a few quick rewards for being on the trails towards dusk in the form of more than a few newborn ducklings and goslings.

Female Wood Duck and her 13 ducklings at Speedwell Lake, not far from some sheltered riverside refuges.


Extreme crop of male and female Wood Ducks

Unfortunately for area ducklings, I spotted and almost squared up a rather fine looking fox, a few hundred yards from the wood ducks.

Whimsical red tailed fox
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And Finally in a real stroke of luck I passed by a pond-side hedgerow and saw through the bush right into some days old goslings taking a swim with their parents and a few family friends. 7B0A2907-2.jpg


Tough task for Burnham Park mating pairs. I spotted a rather large and imposing snapping turtle lurking in the shallow water. Can’t undersell the size of this guy. 7B0A3004.jpg


Rough-Winged Swallow?




Thanks for checking my post out, more to come.  Happy Spring





9 thoughts on “Local Waterfowl and Watering Holes

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Dirt Road Wife, so that I could find yours! Wonderful photos! I love the wood duck and her ducklings. The are such a unique duck. I love seeing new species, even if I can’t pull off a share-worthy image. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work!

  2. Great pictures, I especially like the frog. I haven’t taken much wildlife lately seems to be a little scarce in California (compared to back in the UK) but I suspect that’s more because I haven’t gone looking for it.

      1. Indeed. Hi. I hope you don’t mind but I nominated you for a Liebster award, you can read about it on my blog post here -https://carrotroom.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/liebster-award/. It’s just a bit of fun hope you able to join in if not, it’s fine.

      2. I’ll squeeze in a few dynamite wildlife posts I have in the pipeline and maybe a music post and I’ll do a Leibster post for sure. Much appreciated.

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