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.

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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…

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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…

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…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…

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As always in this fine state, a lovely walk.

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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 top...it 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 trying..it’s not shy.

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