Sometimes the true birding bug hits me, and I get some crazy idea that getting up at four in the morning might be fun. Getting out of the house by 4:30 a.m., I headed east to Ocean City Inlet, Maryland. There have been some exceptional reports of bird sightings there and I was excited about seeing some new birds.
Spending about four hours birding the Inlet, I turned the car and headed back west. A special stop was planned mid-way at Cambridge, Maryland. I had heard of “The Wall of Shame” in Cambridge. It is a place that bird photographers go to take fantastic images of wild ducks.
At the end of Oakley Street there is a cement barricade and on the other side is some rip rap with a variety of ducks hanging out waiting for an easy feed. See, the ducks are used to photographers coming and throwing them corn or other types of duck food. It’s a win-win situation. Ducks get fed, photographers get fantastic pictures.
Today, there were four variety of ducks on site. Mallards, Canvasbacks, Lesser Scaup and American Wigeons. Throw some corn in the water’s edge and watch the frenzy.
Close ups of these wintering beauties are actually challenging because it’s hard to get just one duck isolated.
Before I found the place to go, I stopped at the lighthouse and asked two construction workers where “The Wall of Shame” was. They laughed, and said they weren’t local and had never heard of it. Luckily, by following the water’s edge I was able to find it.
It didn’t take long to get some great pictures, but we’re hitting a deep freeze tomorrow and I’m thinking of heading back there to get some “Ducks on Ice” images. For now, enjoy one of my favorites from this stop.