|Part of the members of the group|
When we reached the beach and the fifth number joined us, the piping plovers were running on the beach, so I sat people down, because I know if they stayed still and didn't move much the plovers would approach them closely. I went further down the beach with Dan, who was trying to take some video of the plovers and chicks with a Sony SX 50. The plovers and chicks did approach to within 10 to 15 feet of everybody.
|Sitting on the beach photographing piping plovers|
After we finished on the beach, we hiked to the Quonset trail, which was very muddy because of all the recent rain. We set up at the stone bench overlooking the marsh and photographed some of the birds that were in the area. What turned out to be probably the most interesting event of the morning was a pair of tree swallows mating. The cameras behind me, were clicking away, I was just watching because my grandson was behind me with the long lens, however, he missed the whole event because he was photographing a Willet. As the sun climbed higher in the sky and the light became harsh we called it quits and went back to the field station with everybody having a great morning.
|On the Quonset trail overlooking the marsh|
I obtained some interesting photographs, utilizing my fisheye and also a number of scenics that I wanted for an e-book that I am writing on photographing Allens Pond and vicinity.
|Daisies with a fisheye|
|Looking over the fields toward the marsh|
|Drainage ditch into the pannes|
|Beach Pea with a fisheye|