Posted on March 4, 2015
One of our favorite places to look for waterfowl this time of the year is along the Scioto River below Griggs Dam. It’s an area that’s accessible only on foot so using a car as a blind to get closer to the birds is not an option. When one ties to sneak up on waterfowl for a decent photo one quickly realizing why duck hunters use blinds. Truth is, after years of being shot at, the only the wary birds a left. The dumb ones have been selected out.
So recently I tired a new technique. Rather than stalking the birds, moving quietly from cover to cover. I decided to find a good spot and quietly lean against a tree and wait for the birds to float by. It was a sunny 20 degrees with no wind which made the process not uncomfortable. In the past the other technique I’ve used is to walk down river and then slowly work my way back upstream. It turns out that the birds are less interested in swimming upstream to get away from a low level treat. However, when the treat is sufficient they will fly.
So below are some of the results using the above techniques:
There were also a few other birds that made me smile:
It’s hard not to notice other forms of beauty when out looking for birds:
Thanks for looking in.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Columbus, Hoover Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, waterfowl Tagged: Canon T3i with Sigma 150-500mm, Cardinal, Chickadee, Common Goldeneye, Common Mergansers, Greater Scaup, Herring Gull, Red Head, Red-breasted Merganser, Song Sparrow
Posted on August 26, 2014
Sometimes, if we’re lucky, thoughts off our past bring back memories of a special place that may have been part of the lazy warm summer days of our childhood. Such thoughts often awaken a desire to return. But as we all are too well aware there is a danger in trying to go back, things change, and not always for the better.
When I was a young my family spent one or two weeks each summer in northern Michigan. Quite often it was in an area along Lake Huron near Oscoda. As folks would say in Detroit at that time, we went “Up North” for vacation. During those vacations, family drives along the Au Sable River captured my imagination as well as did the fishing trips with my dad to several of the clear, and still relatively undeveloped, lakes in the area.
Time went by with many wonderful bicycling and hiking trips over the years. But the urge to return steadily grew, so several years ago I did return to fish, as well as explore, the areas near to where my family had vacationed. Places like the Rifle River Recreation Area and the Au Sable River and the ponds that are part of that river system.
Recent camping/paddling trips to this area with my wife and fishing trips with friends have revealed an area more magical than I ever imagined as a child. Seemingly endless clear water, Bald Eagles soaring overhead, the song of the Whip-poor-will or the call of a Barred Owl or Loon at night, and great catch and release fishing for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass just to name a few of the things that keep drawing me back.
This year’s experience, our seventh annual fishing trip, was shared and enjoyed by myself and three friends who also enjoy kayak fishing, exploring beautiful lakes, as well as paddling beautiful rivers.
Reflecting on this year’s trip, my wish is that everyone have such a beautiful place. A place, that when returned to, invokes a feeling of “Going Home”.
Posted on January 12, 2014
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.
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