Lucky ducks join Maine state bird as photo fodder

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!