This past weekend found sunny skies and calm winds in our area. After having breakfast out with my family Saturday, we separated for the morning and with some extra time on my hands I swung by the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary to work on some birds-in-flight practice. It’s a great place in winter to keep your skills tuned as the mallards and geese are typically flying around quite a bit.
When arriving, however, I noticed a large flock of American Robins feeding heavily on some sumac, which typically puts them in a position to be less worrisome of humans. This turned out to be a fun opportunity. I quickly positioned myself singling out two branches that offered good light with a nice distant pine background as a smooth dark backdrop. It then became a waiting game, and it didn’t take long before the shutter was firing.
After enjoying the impromptu run-in, I was back to the task at hand and began tracking and capturing Mallards. While they are just Mallards, it’s still a lot of fun creating new and pleasing compositions.
Later that day, I received word of Northern Pintails being seen in Middleville. I was able to grab the Kayak and head that way hoping to capture what has become my nemesis species. Needless to say, it didn’t work out but in the process, a group of Common Mergansers were foraging and offered some nice opportunities, again being more intent on feeding at the time.
I finished the weekend Sunday by heading to Jackson to see a rare bird, a Harlequin Duck that had been in the area for quite some time. While not a lifer, it was a fun chase with a good friend and the bird was so close, there were times it more than filled the frame. It was a fine weekend and a great time gathering some new images.