The Monroe Christmas Bird Count took place yesterday in the just about the coldest steadiest light rain possible. The temperatures hovered in the mid-30's as the rain took just under 4 hours to penetrate my jacket, hoodie, sweatshirt, thermal shirt and T-shirt, My camera rig held up extremely well thanks to a garbage bag wrapped around my Canon 5D and cannon-like 500mm lens.
A half hour before the sunless sunrise I joined Allen Chartier and Will Weber at the Mostly Birds (but not always) afterhours headquarters for my 3rd and their 37th CBC at the site. Here are the best blurry drab poorly lit grainy photos I was able to take.
|Canada Geese five minutes before sunrise|
|Birds of the Day....White-winged Scoters|
|Summer lingerers Double-crested Cormorant and Black-crowned Night Heron|
|3 year-old Bald Eagle showing lots of white|
|Redheads, Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Ducks|
|Adult Bald Eagles|
|Great Black-backed Gulls|
The photo below shows an imprint in the snow of the primary and secondary feathers of a raptor that swooped down on an unfortunate rodent.
|Poor lens selection|
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