In addition to the fabulous weather, the DVOC had a photography trip planned to Barnegat Lighthouse so I decided to join them for the morning. Roxy and I showed up a little late but quickly found the group which was being lead by Steve Kacir. Cindy and her husband Scott were the other participants. We wandered down the beach and along the jetty for the better part of 3 hours watching and photographing winter ducks and shorebirds. It was really great to be with the group. We all had the same appreciation for the day and the birds.
It was one of those days. One of those days where I have so many photos that I can't show them all in one post. One of those days where I have so many photos that I can't decide which ones to leave out. One of those days where I thought to myself - it's about time I had one of these days.
Harlequin ducks are just about the gaudiest ducks that you can find. I have always had trouble getting good photos in the past due to poor lighting/weather conditions or being too far away. Not yesterday. We had perfect weather for photography and the ducks were literally swimming and sunning themselves within 20 yards of us. They are pretty comfortable with people walking close to them on the jetty. Here are a few photos. The first photo shows a single male Harlequin in the water.
|Harlequin Duck - Male|
|Group of Male Harlequin Ducks|
|Male Harlequins courting Female|
|Male and Female Harlequin Ducks|
|Male Harlequin preening|
|Harlequin and Purple Sandpiper|
|Roxy at Barnegat Lighhouse|