Fernhill Wetlands 26 Jun 2013

June 27, 2013  •  2 Comments

Yesterday afternoon I chased the eleven MUTE SWAN that were reported to be at Fernhill Wetlands.  It turned out to be a very birdy out there, I located 27 species in about an hour which (for me) is very good.  The Swan were nice enough to get up from the far s.e. edge of the wetland and give me a couple of low-level fly-bys before settling back down out of sight on Eagle Marsh.

The first thing I saw when I got out of the car was the Great Blue Heron making a meal of a good-sized snake, the next thing I saw were the ducklings -  a "circle of life" moment for me. 

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue Heron with snake Great Blue HeronGreat Blue Heron finishing off the snake DucklingsMallard and ducklings

Mute Swan (three frames):   Click here for an expert's perspective on this beautiful but invasive species

Green Heron:

Green HeronGreen Heron

Greater Yellowlegs (four frames):

One surprise for me was the Western Wood-Pewee below that I found fly catching near the waters edge:

Western Wood-PeweeWester Wood-Pewee


Click the arrow below for directions to the wetlands:

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Click here to see all of the pictures from this visit


Comments

Bev(non-registered)
Beautiful photos and neat website, too.
greg haworth(non-registered)
Jack, i'm always impressed by the excellent quality of your BIF shots, and a little jealous. I could never duplicate your results. Excellent work my man.
Cheers!
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