Long-tailed ducks make for great photos

Posted Feb. 26, 2013, at 9:45 a.m.

The Quietside  of Mount Desert Island was anything but quiet this weekend. My visit to Indian Point, Bass Harbor, Ship Harbor Trail, Seawall, Manset and Southwest Harbor was pleasant and rewarding. Several birds of varying species were available for observation, if not for photos. A little hiking and a little riding and a picnic lunch with a million dollar view, no complaints at all.

At Southwest Harbor, I found myself among some old friends. Winter loons, red-breasted merganser, goldeneye ducks and lots of mallards and lots of sunshine. The tide was low and a few long-tailed ducks had just come around the dock and started diving to forage the bottom. This activity provided a few good photo opportunities and I think I captured some of them.

Frequently, my photo outings offer one or two image-taking opportunities, or sometimes, none. Observation opportunities almost always abound. It’s always what I’m willing to make of it!

Earlier in the week, a visit to the Lyle Littlefield Ornamental Garden at the University of Maine campus in Orono provided a single photo opportunity. A lone white-breasted nuthatch started feeding around an area where I was resting. The little guy darted in and out of the light, striking several poses. A very pleasurable half hour passed by in what seemed like a few moments.

Success with the lens or not, a great day in the Maine outdoors is always worth the effort. Enjoy!

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