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.
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Slowly the Canada Geese began to stir, and then with a sudden of synchronized thought, they burst into the foggy gloom.
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
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.
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 […]
This American Wigeon drake was soaking in the spring sun at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville, Montana
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 near Lolo, Montana
Trumpeter Swans launch into a sunrise flight at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
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 at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
Hooded Merganser stretches in the warm Sun at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville, Montana
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.
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.