I looked through some images and edited a few from the 26th of January from last year at Farmington Bay WMA. There were plenty of Northern Harriers on the wing that morning but most of them stayed too far away to get decent images. This one flew in close and I was able to get a few frames before it flew away. Nice of the harrier to give me eye contact and show the complete underside of its wing. Love those feather patterns.
There was also a single Common Merganser amongst the coots and grebes at the four-way and I photographed it as it rested, floated, fed, scratched, preened…
And flapped its wings. I think their narrow serrated bills are fascinating and that they are handsome birds. I see them far more often in the winter than I do any other time of the year.
Later I heard a familiar squawk and was able to get a few frames of a Great Blue Heron on the wing. It came in fairly close and I was happy that in this frame that I didn’t clip the wings because there were a few other images I took where I did.
Pied-billed Grebes gather where the water is open, ice-free and there always seems to be quite a few at the four-way at Farmington Bay. They seem to rest, preen and feed at the same. It is as if one starts an activity and the others can’t resist. And that holds true for wing flapping. One starts…
And before long more of them flap their wings too. They can some times flap like this for a minute or more with everything out of the water but their big, funny looking feet. I must have seen nearly a dozen of these saucy little grebes flapping their wings over and over that day.
Some times the Pied-billed Grebes just lift their wings and hold them over their bodies like shown above but quite often this is the pose I will see when one of the grebes finishes wing flapping.
Maybe when the weather clears tomorrow I’ll be able to get back out Farmington Bay to photograph things with wings.
Life is good.