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.
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.
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.
Some miscellaneous Burnham Park and Speedwell Lake findings. Small bit of water, big inhabitants. Hoping to see enough amphibians to learn a few things
Spotted Sandpiper, nice to get so many new birds
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.
Unfortunately for area ducklings, I spotted and almost squared up a rather fine looking fox, a few hundred yards from the wood ducks.
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.
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.
Thanks for checking my post out, more to come. Happy Spring