Friday, April 25, 2014

Middle Creek Part IV- Wintry Day Brings Varied Photo Opportunities

Wednesday March 26th and as I left for Middle Creek before dawn it was snowing lightly, the snow driven by a strong northwest wind.  By the time I reached Mount Joy the snow was so heavy that the reduced visibility made driving difficult.  I briefly considered turning back, but then pressed on.  In Manheim I encountered black ice at some of the stop lights, but the snow soon stopped and conditions improved a bit as I neared Middle Creek. I drove the tour loop shortly after daybreak and even though waterfowl numbers were down substantially from a few days ago, I still saw quite a few birds leaving the lake and flying north.

Waterfowl Leaving Lake In Morning: Canon 70D-Canon 70-200mm f 2.8 IS II -ISO 400-1/640 sec. f 8.0
After returning to my favorite spot along Hopeland Road, I captured a Canada Goose taking off.  The skies were mostly clear by this time, but there were periodic light snow squalls and there were snow flakes in the air when this photograph was taken.

Canada Goose In Flight: Canon 5DMKIII-Canon 600mm f 4.0 IS+1.4 extender -ISO 400-1/800 sec. f 8.0
The highlight of the morning was when I noticed three small birds busily picking away in a ditch between the road and the pothole. At one time I would have thought they were Woodcock, but now I believe they are Wilson's Snipe.

Wilson's Snipe: Canon 70D-Canon100-400mm f 4.-5.60 IS -ISO 400-1/400 sec. f 8.0
Wilson's Snipe: Canon 70D-Canon100-400mm f 4.-5.60 IS -ISO 400-1/400 sec. f 8.0
Wilson's Snipe: Canon Canon 5DMKIII-Canon 600mm f 4.0 IS+1.4 extender -ISO 400-1/4000 sec. f 5.0
 With this the trip was over and it was time to leave for Fulton County and resume photographing the deer, turkeys, and other wildlife of that mountainous County.

Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.


Dan Gomola said...

Hi Willard, I really like the Snipe shots. I've never seen this bird before and like a Woodcock, I bet they are hard to see unless they move. By the way, I'm looking forward to your spring turkey and deer photos. I love the fawn photograph in Pennsylvania Magazine this month.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It sounds cold but still you managed to get some great pictures. Those Snipe do a good job of blending in.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hi WIll! Great shots of the bird. We have similar to this...hope to Catch one

Linda said...

Beautiful shots!