Friday, January 23, 2009

A Day at the River

I spent the day at the rivers edge, bundled up but comfortable, with a campchair, banana & water, just so I wouldn't have an excuse to come in early. I lasted for quite a few hours in 30 degree temps. It was a gorgeous day with barely a breeze, and the ducks kept me busy, as my hiding spot proved worthy. A deer came over the hill not 20 feet from me and bedded down, trusting its location just out of my view.



Great Blue Heron









Female Common Goldeneyes










Female Common Merganser










A fish in one mouth, and drool in the other.










Male Common Merganser










Male Common Goldeneye









A female Merganser diving just like Michael Phelps.









I just liked the reflection pattern of the water.

6 comments:

Richard said...

Beautiful pictures. That must have been a great hiding place.

Craig Glenn said...

Here I sit, in my cube, complaining about the resent artic blast to hit central florida, crunching data, but mostly waiting for the weekend. I open google reader and fan through one post after another, wondering what my cyber friends are up too.

I pop into Hannibal's Animals, 'cause you always find something good there, and sure enough, another great post.

I was lost in your adventure and forgot all about my own problems if only for a few minutes. I know for you the reward was in the adventure itself but the telling and sharing of it is our reward! Thanks,
Craig

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful pictures.The refections and bubbles in the water are neat.
Blessings,Ruth

Bird Girl said...

You are amazing...staying out all that time with water and a banana! It sure paid off big time! Wow...I LOVE that lone female merganser! It is difficult to get close to waterfowl and you really did an outstanding job! The two traveling together is awesome...look like they are on their way home from the fish market - haha. And one merganser looks exactly like Michael Phelps entering the water - so cool!!!

Shellmo said...

Your stay out in the cold was well worth the beautiful photos you captured! I really have new appreciation for the beauty of the merganser!

Eve said...

These are wonderful. So glad you took the time and braved the weather to take them.