On a quiet Saturday in early April, I escaped to Lake Morton for a few hours of springtime bird photography. While most of the ducks had left already, a bunch of Ruddy Ducks were still around. The males were sporting their bright blue bills. One was splashing in the water not too far from shore. I sat down and waited, knowing that a wing flap would follow…and it did!
A pair of Wood Ducks meandered in the grass. The Wood Ducks at Lake Morton are very accustomed to people, but I was still surprised when they let me approach them to photograph them.
I settled down in the grass watching the lake on a good light angle. A few American White Pelicans were still lingering at the lake. A few of them were practicing their water-skiing skills…
The White Ibises were in their bright breeding colors. I love their bright red beaks and legs at this time of year! One flew by and obligingly gave me a good head angle. :)
It was quite a pleasure to run into Herman and his friends, who were also photographing at the lake that morning. We had a good time with a Boat-tailed Grackle who had posed nicely at the top of a flowering trumpet tree. His feathers shone a glossy blue as he sang a courtship song for all to hear.
Herman has always loved the “ugly” birds like Wood Storks and vultures. After chatting with him, I spotted a Wood Stork standing quietly at the lake shore. I spent some time with the bird doing some close-ups. He has such an ancient, wise-looking face!
A juvenile Muscovy Duckling was out for a walk with his mom. They walked all over the grass, biting at the mosquitos in the air. I caught the baby with a bite in his mouth!
My dad recently informed me that his photography life list is lacking in certain common birds, like American Crow and Fish Crow. We had a good chuckle over the fact that he can enhance his life list right in his own backyard! So when I spotted a crow looking for nesting material, I laid down and got some good shots. He finally decided that the moss was a little too much for him to carry off.
All in all, it was an excellent morning. By the time I headed back to my car, I was a little tired from my early morning drive. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who needed a nap!