Posted on February 27, 2015
February in Ohio has left us shivering. The abnormally cold weather has resulted in frozen lakes and reservoirs both here and further north. The open water that remains provides refuge to waterfowl that would normally be much more dispersed. One such area is the Scioto River below Griggs Reservoir.
Below is a partial photographic inventory of the birds seen there in the last day. Some, such as the Common Golden Eye and Hooded Merganser, are fairly common winter visitors. Others are less so, and because of that they are a real treat to see.
We often think of there being less biodiversity in winter but the Scioto River below Griggs dam opens our eyes. Thanks for looking in.
Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, Hoover Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, waterfowl Tagged: Bufflehead, Canada Geese, Canon T3i with Sigma 150-500mm, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Western X Glaucous-winged hybrid
Posted on February 24, 2015
Recently we took a road trip to the American southwest, visiting places such as Tucson, Arizona, Big Bend National Park in Texas, and Goose Island State Park near Corpus Christi, also in Texas. This post is about things seen at Goose Island State Park and the adjacent Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
Given the amount of hiking we thought we’d be doing all pictures were shot with either a Panasonic FZ200 or a Canon SX40. While the additional reach of the Canon would seem to be an advantage, in real life shooting the FZ200 more consistently produced sharper more usable images even when digitally enlarged to compensate for the shorter zoom.
We highly recommend the Goose Island State Park area if you enjoy birding and nature. The diversity of birds, even during non-migration periods, is wonderful. Also, we had the opportunity to run into old acquaintances as will as to make a number of new friends as we pursued our passion for nature. Good stuff!
Below are pics of just some of the things seen. Hope you enjoy glancing through them.
Below are some shots of the Wooping Cranes which have been brought back from the point of extinction. However, challenges remain. The recent dry years in Texas have caused increased salinity levels in the bays along the Gulf Coast which has resulted in a decrease in the Blue Crab one of their main food sources.
At low tide, extensive mud flats are a great place to see shorebirds.
We saw a number of Killdeer, a common bird adjacent to the farm fields of Ohio.
Kestrals were very numerous along the roads in the area. Looking for insects and small rodents.
A very small beautiful dove common to southern Texas.
A typical area to look for shore birds.
Thanks for looking in.
Category: Aransas Natl Wildlife Refuge, Central Ohio Nature, Goose Island State Park Tagged: Balack-crested Titmouse, Black-bellied Plover, Brown Pelican, Canon SX40, Carolina Wren, Chipping Sparrow, Common Loon, Crested Caracara, Dunlin, Eurasian Collared Dove, Great Egret, Harris's Sparrow, Inca Dove, Kestral, Killdeer, Ladder-backed woodpecker, Lincoln Sparrow, Northern Pintail, Panasonic FZ200, Roseate Spoonbill, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderlings, Sandhill Crane, Savannah Sparrow, Snowy Egret, White Pelican, Willets, Wooping Crane
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