With the arrival of warmer temps streams, lakes, and wetlands are beginning to open. As soon as open water appears waterfowl begins appearing also. I found this group of Common Mergansers swimming in a stream among the floating ice during last weekend's ice-out
Each winter I await the coming of spring with much anticipation. The spring waterfowl migrations are for me the most exciting part of the season. During the autumn migrations waterfowl is hunted all along their journey making the birds wary and extremely difficult to photograph. The spring migration finds the birds much more trusting as nearly all waterfowl hunting seasons are closed. Let the hunters have the fall, I'll take spring anytime; a time when I can hunt the beautiful birds passing through our area with no competition.
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