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It’s All About the Light

It’s all about the light for photographers. Where it is, what it looks like and how intense it is. Accomplished photographers learn to study the light, and in hand with that is to study weather patterns to predict colors in the sunrise and sunsets. The Photographer’s Epheremis is a smart device app that is used…

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Northern Shovelers

There is a little unknown place right in the middle of the nation’s capital. Constitution Gardens in Washington D.C. is an oasis near Lincoln’s memorial that provides a natural respite for wildlife. This little lake is home during the winter months for several migrating duck species. Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls, and Ring Necked Ducks have been…

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Ducks Galore

The adventure to Maryland’s Eastern Shore brought more than just the plentiful ducks at Oakley Street in Cambridge, Maryland but also a lovely variety of ducks on the remote and quiet Hooper’s Island. Ducks that I usually find at Ocean City Inlet were enjoying the waters along the island. Black Scoters, Long-tailed ducks, Common Loons…

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They’re here !

For those that have been following me, you know I’ve been driving all over the state of Maryland this winter in search of ducks. The earlier unseasonably warm winter season held back the duck migration and the waters have been empty of ducks. At long last, on Thursday a huge flock of ducks were seen…

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Found Some Ducks!

As it’s winter and winter means Duck Season and I’ve been on the hunt for ducks. I’ve been hunting all over Maryland and haven’t had any luck. That is, until I headed down to Washington D.C. and visited Constitution Garden Ponds where a small mixed flock of ducks have called the Nation’s Capital their home.…

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Oakley Street Canvasbacks

The Canvasback ducks have been quite busy having a conference at Oakley Street in Cambridge, Maryland. Seems its time that they start planning their escape to the north. A practice session was in order to make sure their wings were ready. Within the 100 or so ducks in the water, one was not like the…

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Scrappy Scaup

Yep, I’m a scrappy scaup. Lesser Scaup that is. My brothers and cousins come in huge numbers and love to winter along the Chesapeake Bay. We’re little diving ducks that love the water. One of my favorite things to do with my cousins is to confuse little birders and bird photographers. See my cousin, the…

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American Wigeons at the Wall of Shame

I never knew that there could be a duck that purrs. Heading out on a duck expedition today, I confess I was desperate and headed to the infamous Wall of Shame in Cambridge, Maryland. I had been there last year and had a glorious time with the ducks. Knowing that the price of admission was…

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A Wood Duck Full of Color

Every birder has what is known as a nemesis bird. Mine was the wood duck. Try as I might, every time I would try to find a wood duck, I came up empty handed. I’d even get messages from a friend and be there 20 minutes later and no duck. But it didn’t stop me…