This White-throated Sparrow was photographed near a small swamp close to the Connecticut River. The swamp is not very big, and unfortunately very polluted. An old manufacturing building has ruined the ground here.
While the swamp is not clean there are always a variety of birds here at any given time. When I have the patience to stand along the banks some type of critter will usually show up.
Once again playing tag with the eagles brought no good photographs, but now I know to stop here. I should probably start here an save myself a long walk.
The reeds and red/brown color in the marsh at Rocky Neck had me questioning how clear the images would be. Photographing in the back, off the wooden foot bridge, is not where we usually spend any time.
I was pleasantly surprised to find these shots, even with the rusty water and reeds, turned out clear enough for sharp reflections. Even the slashing was fine.
Earlier in the year everything would have been shades of green. I’m not sure the Egrets would have been very crisp.
I won’t know until next year anyway. The reeds are all brown and the Egrets heading south.
These images were taken close to when the sun would drop below the tree line.
The goal of the afternoon was to walk some of the newly mowed areas. There is only one trail, a farm tractor road, but for some reason long paths through the fields and woods have been recently mowed.
New bird areas, and maybe a few eagles had been the plan. Aside from a new seasonal pond nothing was to be found.
There was still some fall color and the setting sunlight gave us some nice scenery. Change of plan to get a shorter lens, and shoot some landscapes.
This stretch of woods runs along the Connecticut River for approximately 2 miles. The local electric company owns most of this area, however there is some wetland areas as well as fields that appear to be privately owned.
There have been an incredible number of great Egret photographs this year. Here I have chosen to present them in a different light. I’m going to guess that depending on who you ask these will either be liked for what they are… or I have committed a sin.
Each image was processed in Adobe Lightroom to enhance the fall reeds, marsh water, and add a dark vignette around the borders.