Buffleheads, Horned Grebe and American Coot

Hello Everyone!  It’s been just over six weeks since my last post, and I was hoping to be back sooner.  I did well through my shoulder surgery and was back to work in ten days.  The doctor told me I’d be out 6-8 weeks for recovery, I told him what-no-I’m self employed, he said oh ok you’ll be back to work in a little over a week.  Yep, he was right.  Things have been a bit complicated however, as my mom had a heart attack three days after my surgery and just returned home a week ago from rehabilitation.  So I’ve had my plate of life quite overflowing these last six weeks, and finding any time to get back to my blog and reading others just hasn’t happened as soon as I wanted.   But I’m attempting to get back in my groove!

Good news, I was able to pick up my camera ten days after the surgery and start shooting without too much difficulty.  Don’t think I didn’t try sooner, LOL!   I was so glad when I could, as those first several days just sitting/resting on the balcony, I did enjoy watching all the birds going about their business but missed so many great opportunities.  It was driving me crazy, lol!  Once my camera was back in my hands and snapping away, I discovered all over again what happiness photography gives me.   🙂

And now on to some photos!  I’ve got a variety to share and decided to start with three ducks that continued to hang around our berms and waters up until the middle of April.  These three have since departed for their northern migration.  One of them is in my top ten favorites, those cute little Buffleheads.  Being in my top ten, they obliged nicely for some cool shots!

Bufflehead

Male Bufflehead

The next two shots is of a different fella that I noticed had an odd-shaped flat head.

Bufflehead

Male Bufflehead

Bufflehead - flat head

Male Bufflehead – flat head

Here’s another fella who had popped up after diving and eating along the muddy bottom.

Bufflehead - mud on his bill

Male Bufflehead – mud on his bill

He just as quickly took flight, mud on his face and all!  I got lucky and locked on him as he took off.

Bufflehead

Male Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Male Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Male Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Male Bufflehead

A few more Buffleheads…..

Male & Female Buffleheads

Male & Female Buffleheads

Buffleheads

Buffleheads taking flight

Female Bufflehead reflection

Female Bufflehead reflection

Male Bufflehead

Male Bufflehead

Male Bufflehead

Male Bufflehead

As I was photographing this next Bufflehead, a different duck appeared from a dive….

Male Bufflehead and Horned Grebe

Male Bufflehead and Horned Grebe

It was a Horned Grebe, a newbie for me!  Here’s his photo op…..

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe - giving the evil eyes!

Horned Grebe – flashing those red eyes at me!

While I photographed the Bufflehead and Horned Grebe in the last two photos, a third lone duck, an American Coot, also showed up from his diving.

American Coot

American Coot

American Coot

American Coot

Our area and waters are now brimming with a variety of spring/summer birds.  And the Osprey have made their debut in large numbers for lots of enjoyment but our osprey nest platform has remained nestless.  I do have a couple shots of Osprey attempting to start a nest but no takers remained.  However, it does get occupied frequently by the area resident Osprey as a perch and is almost a ‘divider or marker’ between their territories.  They certainly do like to chase each other off of it.  Which makes for great photo ops so I can’t complain!  🙂

I’m hoping I can keep up with my blog on a regular basis now and get back to reading your blogs.  I know I’ve missed so much!  A big thanks for catching up with me, I hope you enjoyed your visit.  Have a wonderful remaining week and upcoming weekend!

24 thoughts on “Buffleheads, Horned Grebe and American Coot

  1. hi donna, so good to see you back and blogging! i’m sorry to hear about your mom but it sounds like she is getting better now that she’s home. i hope she will have a speedy recovery. the pictures of buffleheads and horned grebe (wow, those red eyes!) are awesome! i’m still learning the name of birds and i have learned two new names today, thanks! i just spent a week in bermuda for my wedding anniversary and we rented a cottage on the west side. a lot of birds! catbirds, bluebirds, kiskadees, mourning doves (there were a lot of them!), herons, egrets and more including Bermuda’s famous white-tailed tropicbirds. it was such an amazing experience to see all of them.

    i noticed the same thing regarding osprey nests…no osprey on any of the nests on 50, just on the signs or flying around but i did notice that there is a brand new nest on the highway sign post right before kent narrow bridge on the way to annapolis. i have seen an osprey in that nest for the past few days so hopefully there are eggs in there.

    looking forward to your next blog! 🙂

    • Thanks Tammy and congrats on your anniversary, Bermuda WOW! I can just imagine the cool birds you saw. Last year I saw and photographed for the first time a white ibis, and you’d have thought I was a bit crazy on how many photos I took just to make sure I got one good one, lol. I hope when retirement ever gets here, we’ll get to travel to experience birds from around the country (especially out west).

      OMG I had not seen that new osprey nest! I don’t ‘cross’ the Rt 50 bridge, usually I’m on Rt 18, or when I ramp off 50, I’m paying attention on getting off (the nest is off to my left then on eastbound lane). I’ve been eyeballing it three times now, and trying to scout on best place to stop & get a photo. Yes, I saw too a momma on that nest each time, so chicks will be forthcoming there! 🙂 Even though I’ve had no time lately to post, I’ve still been documenting on the other Rt 50 nests. There is a momma on eggs in the nest by the old Mrs. B’s restaurant, she’s down in it deep. Per my observations, the other two nests have each lost a mate so each nest is now inactive. The remaining mate on each still hangs at their own nest at times, eating a fish or just perching, neither have yet to entice a new mate. About the middle to late March, I saw an expired unidentifiable bird off to the side of the road along that area and had hoped it wasn’t one of the osprey but I believe it was now. I hope to post my notes & photos I’ve taken soon, but wanted to let you know what I’ve seen. Aren’t those Rt 50 osprey entertaining?!!! 🙂

  2. Welcome back, Donna. I missed you. The Buffleheads are one of my favorites, too. They are little cuties. Love your photos, and congrats on some great flight shots.

  3. Glad you are back! Love all your pictures. Hope you are feeling good and wish you have a very quick recovery. Every day you will get better and better.
    Our osprey had two chicks I can see…Welcome Benny and Bella. They are approximately 3-4 weeks old based upon your rewind photos. 🙂

  4. Hi Donna, I love the Bufflehead Ducks! They are my favorite because they are beautiful and oh, so shy. Your pictures are wonderful! I laughed at the Coots. I once had a whole flock of American Coots grazing on my front yard lawn (in TN). Have a super nice Friday tomorrow and a great weekend.

    • I love those Buffleheads too, so cute and tiny with the males in their little tuxedo. Have you seen them land on the water, so hilarious! On Coots, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one on land, always water and air. That’d be cool for me to see! Thanks so much for your comments, have a great TGIF & weekend too!

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