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Late Spring in Huntley Meadows

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    Posted: 18 June 2021 at 05:18
A rather long story, so might as well get started.

It began on a cool Thursday morning, with the sun casting its light on the woods at Huntley Meadows

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The birds were perched in the branches of the trees, enjoying the fresh morning air

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And in the forest floor, birds were foraging

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As a maturing brood eagerly awaited the return of food laden parents

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And they were fed in turn

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Meanwhile, the young wood duck found an early morning meal

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Savoring the taste of fresh seafood (or wetland food, in this case)

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In the air, a pair of mallards flew

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Soon to be joined by an osprey, from its perch high above Huntley

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Yet another meal captured

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Even as a green heron hunted for its breakfast

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And a blue heron enjoyed the bounty of Huntley

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The osprey was circling about

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And from the air, those sharp eyes saw its meal in the water below

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After a few weeks of hunting, it was an expert at grabbing its meal

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As it flew past the sunbathing turtles

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And headed for a little privacy while it enjoyed its meal

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Something stirred in the woods. A hawk, obstructed by the branches of Huntley's trees

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Was itself feasting on its morning meal

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And as I left Huntley, a preview of things to come

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Thanks for your patience and thanks for looking.
 



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A bit of redundancy here and there and i saw a slow shutter in #4 and 5, but the osprey shots are amazingly good. #26 tops it. TFS Winston .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Almazar80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 10:27
Thanks for looking at the pictures Michel. The shutter was indeed slow on #4 and #5 (actually, on all the forest floor shots). The light was quite dim, I had to push the ISO on the A6600, underexpose with slow shutter speeds. It was quite dark there and you can barely see the birds. Weirdly, when there was no light, I could see birds. When I hear them outside chirping and singing (in the light), I can't seem to find them. On #7, one of the adults has taken the place of one of the younger birds, as it had just finished feeding one of them. I could see movement in the sense of fluttering, but I didn't really see what was going on. Just because it's dark didn't mean the birds were slower. That seems to just have applied to this photographer.

The wood ducks have grown quite a bit since I first saw them a few weeks ago. They still can't sustain long duration flights, but they do fly in bursts now. I suspect that they'll be gone soon. There's less of them now but I hope that the rest survive. It's been interesting seeing them grow and watch their behavior in the process.

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I admit, I less familiar with the New World species, but are you sure on the wood duck identification for #8 and #9? The beak looks more like one that I would associate with mergansers rather than wood duck. And Wikipedia says "These birds feed by dabbling or walking on land. Dabbling means to search for food from the surface of the water, as opposed to diving underneath the surface to scavenge for food. They mainly eat berries, acorns, and seeds, but also insects, making them omnivores." Thus, that catch does not look exactly the usual diet of a wood duck.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Almazar80 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 June 2021 at 16:28
You could be right. I am afraid I am not a bird expert, I just like taking their pictures. I thought the young juveniles I was taking pictures of were wood ducks, especially when mom was hanging around.



And the other one (female, I think) also looking for something to eat.



Thanks for the comments.
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