As winter recedes northward the spring migration of waterfowl follows. Last weekend the wetland was covered in ice but now with the ice gone it is covered with migrating waterfowl. What a difference one week can make!
Visiting the wetlands yesterday afternoon I was able to identify Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, Mallards, and Hooded Mergansers, pictured above. From this assortment this hoodie male was the only one that I was able to catch off guard long enough to get good photos.
This was my first wildlife shoot with a new Canon 60D. I have been using a 30D for the past 3 1/2 years. With over 200,000 shutter cycles and digital technology moving forward rapidly I decided it was time for an upgrade. The only disappointment with the 60D so far is actually my fault. I didn't research it well enough to realize that it used a different remote release than did my 30D. I consider a remote an essential part of my wildlife photography equipment as simply touching the camera while on a tripod will introduce camera shake which in turn will keep the image from being as sharp as it could be.
As I crouched behind the camera totally wrapped in camouflage and hidden in the brush surrounding the water the clicking of the shutter was what gave me away. Cocking his head sideways to get a better view the male hooded merganser soon decided that other parts of the marsh were less crowded and swam away.
The spring waterfowl migration has become one of my most anticipated annual events, a season that I look forward to with great anticipation, the same anticipation that a child may anticipate Christmas or a hunter anticipate deer season. Now that "my" season has begun the challenge will be to find enough time to photograph the beautiful travelers as they pass through.