Pictures of Wildlife that Can’t Be Seen!

The other day I took MD out for a stroll around the back 40, hoping to spot the little dipper that I wrote about in an earlier post.  At first, I didn’t hold out much hope as I discovered the creek had opened up substantially since that day and really, the dipper could have taken up residence anywhere along the entire waterway.


We walked along anyway, as it was a decent day.  We passed the spot where we’d seen the dipper earlier, but no such luck this time.  We meandered further, crossing a bridge, and there, to our left was a pair of mallards in full spring plumage.  Mallards are common winter residents around here, but I hadn’t seen any on the creek since the fall.  This was a pretty pair…obviously well-settled in with each other for the season.  Here’s where I spotted them…


Actually, this is a cropped pix of the mallards…but, hey, they can be seen!

After a little duck-watching I turned around and looked downstream and low and behold, there was a black blob!  This is the scene I had…


…and yes, I realize that the black blob isn’t visible.  You’ll have to take my word on it.  I put my binoculars on it..and with this next observation I’ll loose some credibility as a birder I realize…and thought for a second that it was a crow.  Except, the bill was all wrong.  It took an instant to adjust to the size of everything through the binocs.  And, when my mind sorted through all that, I realized that it was the dipper!  He (she?) was resting on the ice, and when I thought back to all the frigid weather we’d been having, well, we’d all agree that this is one hardy individual.

After a good look we continued on and spotted a broad-winged hawk, but I didn’t even try for a photo of it.  You’ll just have to trust me on that sighting…they’re common around here this winter.

And, on the way home, I found something I could photograph…


As always in this fine state, a lovely walk.


About walksandrambles

My love of walking began in 2005, when, travelling with my Girl Scout troop to Switzerland, I joined a group of Norwegians for a day, to walk up Elsignenalp. I wasn't at all sure I could make it, but the guide was kind and through her encouragement, started out. It was an all-day affair for me and I was always the last one, but this didn't matter a bit...I'd found my new love! No photos exist for this...the camera went missing on a train...but I remember toasting myself with a cup of tea from my thermos at the was a day of tough work and pure pleasure. If you walk, you know what I mean!
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2 Responses to Pictures of Wildlife that Can’t Be Seen!

  1. Thank you! I wish I could get a close up of the dipper. I’ll keep’s not shy.

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