A friend confirmed a few weeks ago that Sandhill Cranes had returned to southern Indiana.…
A morning in a duck blind?
A friend called me late yesterday and wanted to know I wanted to join him searching for wood ducks at Stillwater Marsh. He has a permit so we can walk through the area and shoot from the duck blinds. After I agreed to go, he told me to dress warm as it was going to be 28° and I would need rubber boots to get to at least one of the duck blinds. Fortunately, I spent a few years in Michigan, so I had flannel lined khakis, long johns, thick wool sweaters, and some serious LL Bean winter snow boots. Once dressed, I felt like a five-year old in a snow suite, but I would be warm and dry.
Once we arrived, we walked a short distance checking the woods for wood ducks. Nothing. Then, we walked to our first blind and settled in to wait. No wood ducks. But, a small group of female Hooded Mergansers came close and into the shadows. Later, I got a shot of one eating a fish almost as large as her.
We sat and we waited for the mythical wood ducks. Then, directly overhead was bald eagle with great lighting.
Next, we drove to the west side of marsh in search of woods ducks and other ducks. As we walked the levy, we encounter a large number of tree swallows. It seems they also like the blue bird boxes. They put on a quite a show for us.
Once we reached the larger marsh, we saw five great blue herons in the distance who soon took flight. Eventually, a couple returned and I was able to capture them as they flew by.
I had warmed up and we sat outside a blind and photographed several varieties of ducks as they flew over. Here is a pair of blue-winged Teals.
Any day you can photograph an eagle and great blue heron has go to be a great day!