Photographing the waterfowl migrations this spring was a huge disappointment. With the draining of the Meadow Grounds Lake I no longer had a body of water near home where I could photograph waterfowl from the boat.
With Raystown Lake the next nearest place to boat in Pennsylvania I spent at least one day each weekend fishing and attempting to photograph waterfowl there only to find that the waterfowl photography in no way compared to working the much smaller Meadow Grounds. While various species of waterfowl were present for the most part they would flush while I was too far away for good photography.
With the Meadow Grounds out of play what waterfowl photography I did encounter occurred in small wetlands. With some of the results posted here.
|Wood Duck hen with both Wood Duck ducklings and Hooded Merganser young|
This was the first time I ever observed a wood duck with both wood duck and hooded merganser ducklings in tow. I expect that the mergansers made it back to the proper mother as I have not observed a mixed flock since.
|Wood Duck duckling|
All ducklings are not hatched at the same time so it is common to see young of various sizes in a single outing.
|Mallard Duckling foraging in the shallows|
|Hooded Merganser apparently from an early hatch|
|Hooded Merganser duckling feeding.|