Monday, March 31, 2008

On the Wing, Lesser Scaup




As I approached this pair of Lesser Scaup I began firing the camera, not until they took to the air did I get an image that made the grade. Lesser Scaup, like the Buffleheads are migratory visitors. According to my bird guides their nesting grounds are primarily in our upper Midwest and Midwestern Canada. If this is true they still have a long way to go before settling down for the summer.

During March and early April our area host many migrant ducks but as the weather warms only Mallards and Woodducks remain to nest. To date I have not captured a good shot of a Woody drake but I am working on it.






For those of you who are wondering, this is the little fishing machine that I pressed into photographic duty. It carries a 28hp gasoline engine on the rear and a 74lb. electric motor on the front. This particular lake, as many are, allows only electric motors to be used. For this I am thankful as it eliminates the disturbance created by speeding boats and allows all to have a quiet time on the water.

8 comments:

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Very nice. I like that yellow eye.

Editor said...

you have some very good shots here,
keep it up.

imac said...

Salty, wow what great shots and capture.

fishing guy said...

Salty: Great duck picture. I like that your boat is on the water but take care. The water is still really cold. The lake I fish is 80 foot deep in the center so takes a while to warm up.

Stacey Huston said...

Great shot, and I bet it would be beautiful and peacefull with an electric motor.. You can have good quiet fun AND not get wore out. Thanks

Old Wom Tigley said...

Another new duck to view Salty... and I do like this boat of yours.

Tom

DeeMom said...

Beautiful ducks great picture...

Good you have that kind of boat available...

Meggie said...

I'm keeping my field guide handy whenever I check your blog, Salty. Great shot of the birds in flight...awesome, actually! I know what you mean about speed boats disrupting the tranquility of a lake.