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Adirondack Chronicles XXXI

 
 

green heron distant (Large)

Developing good observational skills is essential for wildlife photography and general enjoyment of the back country.    Observing wildlife requires patience, the ability to recognize shapes and colors, and sometimes, a great deal of luck.   For example, when I first observed the bird above at a distance, it was in shadows and I was fairly far away, and the silhouette of the bird appeared to be that of a common grackle, a plain old bird, I wasn’t interested.

Then I realized that the beak was much longer than a grackle, and the overall shape of the shoulders was larger than a back yard bird.

green heron (Large)

I attached a longer lens to my camera and saw that the bird was actually a beautiful green heron.   I’ve seen green herons along the Potomac River and in the Everglades, but not previously in the Adirondacks.   I was thrilled to add this “catch” to my collection.   As I watched, I put a teleconverter on my lens for a closer look, and while I was watching the green heron stretched its neck — a sign of alert — and let out a piercing yell.

green heron 2 (Large)

That photograph made my day!   The heron swiftly took off after that….

Here’s an example of a blue jay hiding in the grasses alongside the road:

BLUE JAY HIDING (Large)

And I waited long enough to catch him perched on a tree branch:

blue jay (Large)

This frog just wouldn’t leap from behind the tall grasses of the marsh:

frog eye bear pond (Large)

But these ring-necked ducks were playing along the shores of Tupper Lake without any hiding in the reeds…

tupper lake ducks (Large)

tuppe lake ringed neck ducks (Large)

This yellow warbler was hard to miss, given that bright belly:

yellow warbler (Large)

But I almost overlooked this little merganser duckling beating a hasty retreat on Stony Creek:

stony creek duckling (Large)

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