Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday's Photos from Birding

Pair of Mute Swans
After spending most of the week processing my pictures from my trip to Alberta, Canada, I went out for a morning of birding with my compadre Doug.

Our first stop was Jenney Pond to see if any of the winter ducks had arrived.  The Gadwall's were in and at the far end of the pond was a Hooded Merganser.  The ubiquitous Mute Swans, where there and did give some nice photo opportunities.
Mute Swan Flapping Wing after Preening

Male Gadwall
Kinglets were flitting around the trees.  They seem never to stay still for more than a second or two, which makes them hard to photograph.  The trick is not to use autofocus since there are usually too many leaves that get in the way, but to use manual focus, and burst mode.  I was able to come up with some decent pictures, by using this methodology.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 We visited other locations in Plymouth, including Nelsons Beach, the harbor, Plymouth Beach.  There were many gulls in all locations along with a large number of Brandt.  There was one Black-bellied Plover at Nelsons Beach.

Black-bellied Plover
Off of Manomet Point, the Harlequin's were back, the males in gorgeous color.
Harlequin Ducks

Harlequin Ducks
We finished off the trip at Scuesset Beach, where we found our first Horned Larks of the season.  I photographed the Horned Lark right for my car window.
Horned Lark

Horned Lark