Monday, April 06, 2009

A Morning at Middle Creek

My parents came up for the weekend on Saturday, and Dad and I took the opportunity to run up to Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area for sunrise on Sunday morning.


While the large flocks of snow geese and tundra swans have moved on, a few individual geese were still to be found. A group of three were foraging within a few yards of the road for most of the morning. This is one of the three. Two of the three were noticeably holding a wing at an unnatural angle; they will not be making the migration this year.


Dad and I were exchanging lenses and equipment, and I am not 100% sure if he or I took this picture of a flying cormorant. I think it was Dad, but I enjoy the cormorant's unique silhouette, and since I took the liberty of cropping and otherwise adjusting the photo, I am posting it here :)


And lastly, the song of the red-winged blackbird could be heard throughout the morning. Many were perched at various intervals along the wire fencing used in the park. Here, a blackbird breaks into his call.

10 comments:

Mrs. Salty said...

Just beautiful photos, and you got to spend the morning with your dad!

Corker2 said...

I know where the Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge is and have been there once or twice. It's about a half hour drive for me from here. One of these day's I'm gonna take my Pentax and take a look-see at what I just might catch on the Camera. Nice Image's.

Willard said...

I'm proud of you. You got some beautiful shots.

Salty said...

Good work Amy!

I see you "lifted" your dad's 30D and the 100-400 for the mornings shoot, good choice :)

Gretchen said...

Beautiful photos, as always!

Carletta said...

Hi,
Came over from your Dad's.
You are an excellent photographer too!
Very nice blog!

Beautiful Creation said...
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Beautiful Creation said...

Great photos! I especially like the red-winged blackbird!

Ranger said...

Amy: Great shots. You sure are lucky to have your dad to help you along. He's great. Thanks.

Stacey Huston said...

Ash... beautiful photo and beautiful memories with your dad! thanks for sharing