Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chincoteague NWR



Today's post are two male Bufflehead images. These shots were captured at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. I thought the day was going to be a bust because while scouting, most of the refuge was froze up. I located one open water area that had a nice raft of Bufffleheads. I worked my way over to the shore, got down low and photographed the location for 5 hours. The ducks got comfortable with my presence after about 45 minutes. Was a good decision to hang in there because I ended up photographing 4 different species. As you can see the males have already started their beautiful head colors. Blue Skies.

12 comments:

Philip said...

WOW! Ken these are fantastic shots and also I have never seen this species before thankyou for sharing,Excellent shots !!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I have to agree with everything philip said Ken, but I am adding and extra WOW!! I especially love the second action shot.

Natural Moments said...

I love these shots Ken. I like to sit and wait for the ducks to stretch their wings too. It's satisfying to capture such moments.

Twisted Fencepost said...

I've never seen these before. Great shots, Ken!

BDConger said...

What a colorfull duck!! Never saw a duck like this before
Great Pictures

Qiper said...

Very pretty duck - the Owl pics are very good

Willard said...

Great shots, Ken. I especially like the second one.

I have videotaped them at long range, but have never been close enough to capture the colors in the head. I always thought they were black until I saw these.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Very cute bird. NAd it is always refreshing with a bath :-)

T and S said...

Ken : These are so beautiful birds and you have fabulously captured their beauty on camera.

animtreebird said...

Very beautiful bird. Nice photos. :))) Nice Snowy Owl too. :)))

Stacey Huston said...

Brilliant!

Misty Dawn said...

That face has some of the most beautiful colors I have EVER seen! Absolutely gorgeous!