In the wee hours of this morning I answered an email from Jerry Jourdan in which he asked me if I had seen any good birds lately at work. I told him nothing too unusual and I specifically mentioned that I hadn't seen the White-winged Scoters (that were counted on the Monroe CBC) since December. A couple of hours later my shift ends and I pull out my binoculars and scan the waters of a pond on my work site. Halfway through the scan I find a first year male White-winged Scoter. If this is one of the CBC Scoters it has been hiding pretty good because I park next to this area every day Below are some shots of him and some other birds that I photographed before the sleet chased me to my car.
I would've been happy to have attained this next photo of a Bald Eagle had it been a portrait shot through the bars of a cage. But getting this photo of a wild bird in flight staring me down, made my day.
Here is the uncropped image.
|Immature Eagle also staring me down|
|Resident male Peregrine|
|Great Black-backed Gull|