For those that have been following me, you know I’ve been driving all over the state of Maryland this winter in search of ducks. The earlier unseasonably warm winter season held back the duck migration and the waters have been empty of ducks.
At long last, on Thursday a huge flock of ducks were seen flying in onto the Choptank River in Cambridge. Canvasbacks, Scaups, and Redheaded ducks it’s all so exciting!
Several photographers stopped by Oakley Street to spend time at the Wall of Shame. Looking for that perfect duck shot in rather difficult conditions. With 20 mph winds and three foot wave swells, the ducks were surfing the waters.
It didn’t take long for me to get low on the ground and shoot through a hole in the bulkhead wall. Certainly not an easy task. But well worth the effort. I just wish I had more time to spend with them.
Love the Canvasback at the end! He looks to be flirting with you through that bulkhead. Glad you found the flock. I just ‘shot’ my first Canvasback today, only mine wasn’t near as cooperative. 😀
They are tough Shannon, and surely you’ll get another chance with one. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment.
Thank you so much Jack.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand with this Spring has indeed truly begun 🙂
It truly is Andy, the birds have been on the move and I’m having a ball.
😀 cheers to that!
Oh these are just gorgeous photos. I love ducks.
Me too Miriam. Thank you so much for your kind comment.
My pleasure Bella.
Maybe I need to get out more often. . The only sucks I see are standard mallards. Wellllll, except for the cutties I see in your blog!
LOL ! You really did make me laugh Ilex. You never know what you might find. Are you ready for spring to start?
Work is slow to start (yeah!)
We’re looking to buy a travel trailer for camping. Process of buying sux, but the outcome will awesome!
Oh sweet !! I want one too. One day perhaps. I want one of the van types. Simple and driveable. Good luck with the shopping.
Ooops! Sucks = ducks (OMG spell chunk!)
Beautiful photo of the male canvas back. Love the perspective.
You are so kind Mike. Thank you so much, it wasn’t an easy shot to get.
Your welcome but your hard effort does seem to have been rewarded as that is one fine photograph. I really like it.
Love the headshot of the Canvasback! I’m still vacationing in Florida photographing the birds (and getting new ‘lifers’!); but I am so missing my ducks along Kent Narrows, can’t wait to get back to see them!
You’ve had some awesome captures from your Florida trip Donna. I hope you’re still there, it’s such a fantastic place. BTW, heard lots of ducks toda 2/28 at CBEC.
It’s been an awesome trip, but we had to start heading back north, we’re in SC right now, I was chasing Blue Jays today. I’m missing my Marshy Creek/CBEC ducks and eagles. 🙂
I got a 2nd rare bird alert today that an Eurasian Wigeon was spotted at CBEC last two days at Horsehead Pond? Did you get to see and capture it?
Nope, had a class this morning at the zoo, Middle Creek in PA on Friday. Now starting to pack for my trip on Thursday. Safe travels and enjoy the surf.
Safe travels to you too.
Such beauties! So similar, but also so different from those we see in Europe…
I only wish I could see the birds that you have in Europe. How wonderful. Happy to share our little tweeties with you.
Gorgeous photos, it has been such an unusual year for bird migrations.
You’re absolutely right Charlie. It’s making my head spin and I’m having a hard time keeping up with the birds.