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Lucky ducks join Maine state bird as photo fodder

Dave Small
Dave Small
Dave Small
Dave Small
Dave Small
Dave Small
Dave Small
Dave Small
Dave Small
Dave Small
Posted Feb. 12, 2013, at 9:42 a.m.

I never tire of seeing and photographing the Maine state bird, the black-capped chickadee. Their antics provide nearly endless entertainment. I caught one in the University of Maine Forest that allowed me to get pretty close. It was traveling with a white-breasted nuthatch that also struck an interesting pose.

A visit to Camden Harbor with Bean, my traveling partner for the day, provided some nice closeup opportunities to picture some mallards, red-breasted mergansers and male and female bufflehead ducks. As a matter of fact, the Maine Office of Tourism used one of my female bufflehead duck photos in a get-out-the vote promo for Camden for the America’s Coolest Small Town Contest. Don’t forget to vote!

The red-breasted merganser provided some hide-and-seek fun. It swam into an ice field where it dove then emerged in a different spot. I caught her once with just the top of her head, above the eye, peeking above the ice to check my location … tricky duck!

I hope you enjoy the snow!

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