It feels so good to look at a 10 day weather forecast and see predictions of lower temps and to know that autumn is really on the way. The cooler temps feel invigorating to me and probably all the birds and wildlife I photograph.
Last autumn I was able to get up close to a drake Greater Scaup at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and I’m hoping that I see more of them this year. I don’t get many chances to photograph this duck species that only winters over here in a few locations in northern Utah so I will jump at any chance I get.
The population of Greater Scaups has been on the decline since the 1990’s and while biologists and conservationists aren’t sure why some researchers believe a parasitic trematode; or fluke, found in the snails these ducks eat might be to blame. Whatever the cause I hope that we can stop the decline of these handsome ducks.
Life is good.