Day 096: Photo Duck Day on the Lester River!

Today dawned cold (35F), windy (35 mph steady winds … gusts to 50 mph), with rain. In short, it would normally be a fantastic day to stay inside and keep warm! However, a year long photography project means that I had to venture outside. With a groan and some comments about the weather I said good-bye to my wife.

I know the key to finding any kind of birds today would be finding locations that shielded my feathered friends from the elements. After striking out at several locations I struck pay dirt at the mouth of the Lester River. The water rushing madly downhill and into Lake Superior had created enough open water to overpower the ice being pushed ashore by the strong NE winds. Given the ducks were not interested in flying, they let me get closer than normal. Not only were the numbers of ducks impressive in this small area, but quite a few different species were also present.

Photographing the birds was difficult because I was getting the full brunt of the wind, but I happily stayed down on the shore for well over an hour enjoying the “great weather”. You will find each of these birds included in today’s photographs.

  • Buffleheads
  • Common Mergansers
  • Goldeneyes
  • Pied-Billed Grebe
  • Red-Breasted Mergansers
  • Red-Necked Grebe
  • Seagulls

Guess it shows one should never let a little nasty weather keep one indoors!

Lester River Preening (Red-Breasted Merganser and Seagull)
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Ducks Dancing (Red-Breasted Merganser and Bufflehead)
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Take Off (Bufflehead and Goldeneyes)
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Flock of Buffleheads
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Common Merganser
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Pied-Billed Grebe
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Red-Necked Grebe and crew!
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