Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Southfield and Jefferson Bound - Saturday, February 28, 2015

Camera battery is charged and I was semi-thawed so I decided to head out.  Before heading down to Southfield I decided to stop behind Speedboat.  Here I will get a picture of a Tundra Swan, an American Coot, Scaups (males and female), Canvasback (male and female), and Red-breasted Mergansers (male and female).

Tundra Swan

American Coot
Scaups (female and males)
Scaups (females)
Canvasback (male)

Canvasback (female)

Red-breasted Mergansers (male and female)
From St John's to Southfield, as I arrived the excitement was that an Eagle had caught a duck, a Redhead to be exact. The Eagle sat on it for the longest time but the duck did get away making it's way over the jagged ice while the Eagle looked on.  The Eagle eventually flew away and the duck did make it to water but not unharmed.
The Eagles did make it an exciting day as a couple more ducks got plucked from the water, who was going to reap the reward was at times between two adults and one immature.  I can say that I am not sure who really won, just what I heard from the surrounding photographers there just to see the Eagles.
There were approximately eighteen Eagles in the trees and this immature took off several times and circled over where we all stood.  Not sure if it was to stir up the seagulls sitting on the shoreline or just to give us something to shoot at.

Besides the Eagles there were plenty of ducks to photograph and that's what I did.
Bufflehead (female)


Mallards (female and male coming in for a landing)

Red-breasted Merganser (going for a ride)

Redhead (female)

Redhead (male)

Scaup (coming in for a landing)

Mute Swan (making a splash)

Scaup and Bufflehead (what a difference in size)
Three and a half hours later it was time to go home and really thaw out.

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