A Gallery of this Year’s “Firsts”
As I got out of my car two days ago I spotted my first Robin for the year. My camera was in the trunk so I quickly retrieved it and got a shot of this harbinger of spring – lucky for me it was thirsty and didn’t immediately fly away.
Yesterday I went to a pond in the north east part of the city that photographer friends had told me had a few varieties of birds. and there was no ice here.Here are some of my “firsts” for this year. I was happy to see this pair of Common Mergansers . I love how they move through the water with strength and grace.
Also I spotted a pair of Buffleheads but got no decent shots of them. I did,however, see a single Common Loon.
I enjoyed seeing the display of a pair of Red-Necked Grebes. I spotted six pair at this pond.
The one held this pose for some seconds then they mostly faced each other but a while later I caught the gesture of one with a mouthful of grass -an invitation to nest?
There was a pair of muskrats here, not at all shy. I noticed that when they would swim in close proximity to the geese, literally right in front of them, there was no reaction.
The muskrat, geese and gulls were all I could get close to. Although I found this very interesting, at least one other was bored by it all or lulled into sleepiness by the first warm day we have had.