Waterfowl Sampler (Fall 2016)

December 3, 2016

A trumpeter swan makes a low pass as it picks up the speed necessary to lift from the water.

Every year about this time I begin to share some of my favorite new waterfowl images. As a waterfowl hunter, I spent most of my free time in fall and early winter searching the wetlands and rivers for birds. Now, as a waterfowl photographer I do the same thing, except with a camera.

Photographing waterfowl results in a range of emotions from the beginning to end of each day. The morning begins around 4:30 AM as you ready your gear, checking and double checking waders, camouflage, gloves, flashlights and headlamps, neck gaiter and stocking cap, camera and lens, tripod, and on and on. Part of that gear includes coffee and a morning snack, something you can savor when you finally settle down into your hide and wait for the sun to come up.

As the morning begins, the waterfowl photographer is filled with optimistic thoughts. Today will be the day when that pintail comes straight into my lens. Maybe a string of green-winged teal will skirt the entire shoreline, finally making it to my position. A healthy dose of optimism is what makes a good morning out of any waterfowl hunt, but more often than not, that excitement is quashed by disagreeable birds, usually just out of range.

When everything comes together on a waterfowl morning, including wind direction, morning light, hide placement, and bird behavior, it is truly a wonderful experience. There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting in a waterfowl hide, all by myself, watching the morning unfold. The possibilities are endless, and surprises, such as a low pass by a bald eagle, are not only possible, but expected!

Please enjoy a few images from the beginning of this year’s waterfowl season, only the first of many to come……I hope!

 

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Whenever a trumpeter swan, North America’s largest waterfowl, stretches its great wings, it’s time to click the shutter.

 

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A drake American wigeon shows off its subdued beauty. I love their off-white head streak and pintail-like wing feathers.

 

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A pair of green-winged teal cruise the shoreline. Even from a distance, you can easily identify greenwings from their distinctive swimming style.

 

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A drake gadwall approaches my hide to show off its herringbone-like feathers.

 

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Even the American coot is handsome in the morning glow of sunrise. Check out that red eye!

As winter takes hold and ice moves in, I’ll be spending more time along the rivers and other open water wherever I can find it. I expect some great waterfowl images to find their way to my camera, and I can’t wait to share them with you here.

Thanks for looking,

DB

Email:  Natureframes@Rocketmail.Com

Gallery of Images and Print Information:  DannyBrownPhotography.com

 

 

8 comments on “Waterfowl Sampler (Fall 2016)”

  1. The vivid close up detail you capture is breathtaking.

  2. WOW I’m loving your beautiful pictures and what great captures of the swans wings. Every year we go to Horseshoe lake in Olive Branch, IL to capture the swans . Usually they are to far away to get any great shots but we have gotten a few nice ones. Can wait to see more of your pictures!!

  3. Enjoying these images a lot!
    Deepa.

  4. Great article, you truly are a wealth of knowledge.


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