Photographer finds plenty of birds on a single outing

Posted Dec. 20, 2011, at 10:19 a.m.
A bufflehead duck spotted from Ships Harbor Trail.
Dave Small
A bufflehead duck spotted from Ships Harbor Trail.
Two red-breasted mergansers swim together.
Dave Small
Two red-breasted mergansers swim together.
A red-breasted merganser.
Dave Small
A red-breasted merganser.
A red-breasted merganser.
Dave Small
A red-breasted merganser.
Another long-tailed duck swims within camera range.
Dave Small
Another long-tailed duck swims within camera range.
A distinctive long-tailed duck makes an appearance.
Dave Small
A distinctive long-tailed duck makes an appearance.
A pair of horned grebes.
Dave Small
A pair of horned grebes.
Capturing detail on a pure-black crow takes proper lighting.
Dave Small
Capturing detail on a pure-black crow takes proper lighting.
Plenty of buffleheads bob on the water.
Dave Small
Plenty of buffleheads bob on the water.

Seasons Greetings Friends,

I decided to borrow a concept from my sister-in-law for an outing last week: “Pack it in, do it all.”  I started with harbor pollock fishing in Bass Harbor, I caught one on my first offering and then nothing else. It didn’t seem to matter because male and female long-tailed ducks showed up and allowed me to switch interest from fishing to photography. This was the first ever photos of this species I’ve taken.

My next venture was to hike the Ships Harbor Trail to Seawall. Bufflehead ducks, common eiders, horned grebes and other sea birds were plentiful and kept me busy observing.

After a short picnic lunch I hiked back to the parking lot and then headed to the Manset town pier. Another good choice, a pair of red- breasted mergansers presented themselves within photo range.

Although crows are a rather common sight, catching them in light suitable to photograph their solid blackness and still get some detail is rare for me.

 

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