Archive for 'Waterfowl'

Gadwall at bath time

Gadwall at bath time

A Gadwall drake takes a bath in the sun, which is becoming a rather scarce as winter approaches. These are currently good numbers of Gadwalls at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville, Montana.

The Foggy Takeoff

Canada Geese take flight into the fog

Slowly the Canada Geese began to stir, and then with a sudden of synchronized thought, they burst into the foggy gloom.

Northern Pintail - Waterfowl Elegance

Northern Pintail – Waterfowl Elegance

Northern Pintail, nothing oozes elegance like a pintail drake. This one is feeding upon the ponds of the Lee Metcalf NWR in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana

Tundra Swans in flight

Tundra Swans flying over the Bitterroot Valley

With fall fading into winter, the skies over the Bitterroot Valley have flocks of Tundra Swans flying southward. The birds the color of winter do their best to avoid that cold season.

Canvasback drake from Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Montana

Canvasback drake in dawn light

After years of taking images of birds, I have never captured an image of Canvasback that I though was of any quality. however, that all changed yesterday when I sat in a blind at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, and had a wonderful raft of Canvasback present itself within my view. The image was […]

American Wigeon enjoying the spring

American Wigeon enjoying the spring

This American Wigeon drake was soaking in the spring sun at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville, Montana

Northern Shoveler (male) from Lee Metcalf NWR

The bill of the Northern Shoveler

Male Northern Shoveler using that enormous bill to filter from the water’s surface

Barrow's Goldeneye pair in the ephermal sunlight of a stormy day

Barrow’s Goldeneye – The Pair

Barrow’s Goldeneye pair in the ephermal sunlight of a stormy day near Lolo, Montana

Trumpeter Swans making a dawn flight

Trumpeter Swans making a dawn flight

Trumpeter Swans launch into a sunrise flight at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

Colorful reflections of the Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser Reflections

Colorful reflections of the Hooded Merganser as it swims along a back slough of the Bitterroot River near the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

Soft dawn light highlights a pair of landing Trumpeter Swans

Good morning for Trumpeter Swans

Soft dawn light highlights a pair of landing Trumpeter Swans at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

Hooded Merganser stretches in the warm Sun

Hooded Merganser stretches in the warm Sun

Hooded Merganser stretches in the warm Sun at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville, Montana

Trumpeter Swans at sunset along the ice

Trumpeter Swans enjoying the release of the ice

As spring creeps ever closer, the ice is becoming soft, and eventually melting back into the ponds and wetlands of the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. The Trumpeter Swans and other waterfowl are the first to take advantage of this reprieve from winter’s steel grip.

Trumpeter Swan gracefully feeding

Trumpeter Swan feeding along the ice edge

Grace. Grace is the word that aptly describes the Trumpeter Swan. I was lucky enough to spend some time with 5 of these massive waterfowl.

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