Belted Kingfisher at Bombay Hook NWR.

I went to Lake Artemesia yesterday, and it was pretty slow. I also stopped at Buddy Attick, and didn’t do any better. I got a few good enough images, but nothing great.

Today I made the trek to Bombay Hook, which wasn’t nearly as productive as in the past. There was a fair amount of ice, which meant the dabbling ducks had to go elsewhere. There were thousands of Snow Geese, though, which was a spectacular sight. Tundra Swans, Canada Geese, Black Ducks and Mallards were plentiful.

Bombay Hook 7

Dawn at Bombay Hook.

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Lake Artemesia.

Hooded Merganser 2017-816

These Hooded Mergansers were at Lake Artemesia.

Great Blue Heron 2017-131

Great Blue Heron 2017-132

Several Great Blue Herons were fishing in an ice-free pond.

Turn up the volume to hear the geese.Snow Goose 2017-28

Snow Goose 2017-27

There may have been 20,000 Snow Geese in residence.

American Wigeon 2017-11

This American Wigeon was at Buddy Attick.

Pied Billed Grebe 2017-17

This pair of Pied Billed Grebes was at Lake Artemesia.

Canada Goose 2017-59

This Canada Goose was leaving Lake Artemesia.

Ring Necked Duck 2017-23Belted Kingfisher 2017-38

Belted Kingfisher 2017-37

I saw this Belted Kingfisher from a distance, and was lucky to get so close.

 

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