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Category Archives: Bird Photography

We had some shopping to do in Hudson, Wisconsin so we decided to stop in and look at the Trumpeter Swans that can be found along the Saint Croix River. We were disappointed and a little shocked to find that there was almost no open water where the Swans usually congregate. There were a few of them huddled along the shore and another batch out toward the river but none in the little pond. I’m not sure what is going on. Normally even if it is cold out there is a nice section of open water in the area.

I did manage to capture a few shots of the Ducks and Geese near the puddle of open water.

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A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches turned up at my feeder this year. It has been several years since I’ve seen any of them around.

I haven’t seen a Pileated Woodpecker at my feeders in quite some time. Earlier this fall I noticed one fly by as I was working on the bird feeders. This past week a female has turned up at my feeders several times. The second time she turned up I was able to get to my camera with the long lens so all I could photograph was her head.

I just happened to be looking out the window when I notice a strange bird fly up to my feeders and all of the other birds scattered. It turned out to be a Northern Shrike. Its been four years since I’ve see one of them on the farm.

One of my favorite winter past times is photographing birds during a snow storm. Fortunately our first significant snowfall occurred during the day so I was able to photograph a wide variety of birds. A good snowfall always brings out plenty of birds.

Northern Cardinal female

Northern Cardinal male

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Hairy Woodpecker

American Goldfinch

 

These are some of the birds that have been turning up at my feeders at the start of winter.

Northern Cardinal

Blue Jay

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Downy Woodpecker

Common Redpoll

American Goldfinch

After finishing our hikes at Chapel Falls and Mosquito Falls we drove through the park to Grand Marais and then on to Seney. By this time the winds were really blowing. There were trees down and in one place a tree had fallen over a power line. We were wondering if we would have power when we reached Seney. The hope was to get some good sunset and sunrise photos but it didn’t work out. The next morning we drove through the Refuge. There were some Trumpeter Swans around.

There was a small flock of Canada Geese on one of the flowages.

We also found one lone Wood Duck.

The fall colors were OK but not the best we have seen at Seney. I did get a nice shot of some backlit fern leaves.

After a brief stop at Bond Falls we drove over to Canyon Falls. On the way we found this fellow in a tree. For some reason this has been an exceptional year for Bald Eagle Photography.

After a brief stop at home we embarked on what turned out to be our last fall color trip. Our first stop was the Blue Hills just east of Rice Lake, Wisconsin. We were a little late for the peak color but there were still some nice color in some areas. We did notice that most of the lakes in the area were very high with some of the docks under water.

These were a couple of shots as we reached the outskirts of the Blue  Hills. We encountered the horseback rider of one of the back roads.

These are some shots in the Aldie Lake area.

This is the first time we encountered Bald Eagles on our fall trips through the area. In all we must have seen about a dozen Bald Eagles.

We also encountered a Ruffed Grouse along the road. It posed for some photos before flying off.

 

This has been a great fall for photographing Bald Eagles. on the trip to Cornucopia I brought along my birding lens because we always see quite a few Bald Eagles along Highway 13. We weren’t Disappointed. The first one we saw was siting in a tree by a deer caucus. We found another one perched on a dead tree right by the road. I caught the last one landing on a tree in a cemetery. We probably saw close to a dozen eagles on the drive back to Duluth.