Monday, January 31, 2011
A small flock of mallards lands in the sound waters. Mallards are not seen here in large numbers. Most are local ducks, perhaps hand raised by my neighbors or hatched from rare successful wild nests. Hunt clubs sometimes buy hatchlings, feed them and release them. The young ducks will find their way to yards where corn is offered by sympathetic residents.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
A Sharp Shinned Hawk pays a visit to my garden. I encourage songbirds with food, water and greenery and the hawk has spied the garden full of sparrows, finches, cardinals, doves and plenty more. There is plenty of field nearby where I suspect he regularly hunts.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Taking an inspirational break from my current project, I went to the windows of my studio hoping to spy some waterfowl. I found instead lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers and a female Red-bellied Woodpecker feeding on the large hackberry trees that line the bank. The berries you see in the warbler shot are consumed by nearly every migrating bird. The common name for the hackberry tree is sugar berry. The woodpecker may enjoy some berries, but it spent more time investigating the crevices of broken limbs.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
A trip to Knott's Island by car from Currituck requires one to travel into Virginia to a point north of the convergence of waters along the Virginia/North Carolina state line and then travel south again to enter North Carolina. The 'island' is actually a peninsula, but it has a feel of an island with a nearby causeway and plenty of marshland, even a refuge (Mackay Island). We saw a variety of waterfowl, herons and even ibis! The time of day wasn't right for much photo-taking but I managed a few shots on my trip earlier this week. Here a couple of blue herons follow some ducks away from the causeway.