Ice Necklesses and Winter Ducks

Griggs Reservoir remains frozen so the river below the dam (adjacent to Hoover Park), continues to concentrate waterfowl. In the last few days we’ve made two trips to this area hoping to take advantage of the conditions.

On the first trip, Horned Grebes, Golden Eyes, and Hooded Mergansers were seen. However, what really blew us away were three Bald Eagles flying up the river, two mature and one immature, the most we’ve ever seen at this location. The Grebes were also exciting because we hadn’t seen them below the dam before. Unfortunately, in addition to mini-binoculars we both had only our Canon SX260’s so any thought of getting flying eagle pictures was just that, a thought. If they landed nearby we were never able to determine the location. As our exploration continued my wife found an interesting ice formation caused by the slowly receding river. Also, ever on the lookout for fungi, she found some that she felt was worth a photograph.

The following day we tried again. This time with our “bird cameras” hoping that there would be another eagle fly by. However, as is often the case when you roll out the “heavy equipment”, no eagles were seen. We were happy to add a Common Merganser to our list of birds seen below the dam.

Many Hooded Mergansers were seen, Donna, Olympus E-620 600 mm

Many Hooded Mergansers were seen, Donna, Olympus E-620 300 mm

Ice necklace, Donna, Canon sx260

Ice necklace, Donna, Canon sx260

Horned Grebes, Canon sx260

Horned Grebes, Canon sx260

Golden Eyes, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Golden Eyes, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Horned Grebes, Canon sx260

Hooded Mergansers, Canon sx260

Hooded Mergansers & Golden Eyes, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Hooded Mergansers & Golden Eyes, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Common Merganser, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Common Merganser, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Cormorant & Hooded Mergansers, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Cormorant & Hooded Mergansers, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Warmer weather, Chipping Sparrow taking a bath, Canon t3i 500 mm

Warmer weather, Chipping Sparrow taking a bath, Canon t3i, 500 mm

Fungi close-up, Donna, Canon sx260

Fungi close-up, Donna, Canon sx260

Fungi, Donna, Canon sx260

Fungi, Donna, Canon sx260

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Thanks for stopping by.

6 Comments on “Ice Necklesses and Winter Ducks

  1. Fantastic photos! I particularly like the ice necklace – an unusual find – and the fungi in this and earlier postings are really beautiful.

  2. Love the ice necklace, and mergansers are a favorite of mine. Nice post. LOL at your bit about things “disappearing” when the “heavy equipment” comes out. Been there…

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