Stepping off trail, I carefully walked as quietly as I could towards what I call the swampy pond. Approaching the edge of the pond I chose a tree to half hide behind so I could scan the entire pond. I was looking for a specific breed of ducks, based on a very strong feeing I had that they were there. I stood stock still and as I did I zoned out, becoming One with Mother. All life ceased to exist except for what my eyes saw.
It was Heaven!
I couldn’t tell you how long I stood there for. However, no matter how much I stared and sought I didn’t see those darn ducks. I did see though some other ducks, a male and female Mallard Duck
and some long awaited signs of Spring.
I was so drawn to that pond, and merging with its existence all else faded. Suddenly a fast movement very close to the right side of my face startled me. Quickly I turned my head at the same time thinking a Hummingbird was flying next to me. But that couldn’t be right. Hummingbirds aren’t here yet.
Lo and behold I saw a Chickadee fluttering next to my face almost deciding to land on my right shoulder.
What happened next was my fault. Because I was startled, I fell out of my zone and no longer was One with Mother. That Chickadee instantly felt that shift of consciousness and instead of flying to my shoulder, he flew to a nearby branch to stare at me.
I was so enthralled by this experience, my feet barely touched the ground. It was so magical! I was spellbound! That heady feeling lasted that entire day.
Four days later I again headed for this swampy pond, that feeling I had before even stronger. I saw movement and as quickly and quietly as I could I again scampered back over to the edge of the pond. I set up my lens, looked through my viewfinder and just about shouted with joy!
Yes!! Wood Ducks are here!!
Earlier on that same day on the biggest pond in this park, I saw a speck of white. Could it be? Quietly I crept towards the pond’s edge to get a closer look and a clear shot, but that darn duck saw me and flew off.
(At least I tried!)
I watched his flight making sure I followed with my eyes where he landed. Sure enough he landed all the way over on the other end of this huge pond. Darn it, this time I would sneak up on this guy and get him!
I flew down the trail, took a left on another trail, then went off trail just about where I thought this white speck would be. Again I crept toward the edge of the pond looking and looking. There! I spotted him! In a flash I got my camera and lens ready to go and when I looked though my viewfinder, I saw him.
A male Bufflehead Duck!! YES! I got him too!
Buffleheads do not stay here long and from my experience do not show in large numbers. They are probably flying into this park for a rest before they continue on in their migratory flight. I did some research and found out a little about Bufflehead Ducks if you would like to read it. I found the information fascinating.
Thank you for joining me today on my adventure. There will be many more to come, I promise you. Between the action that is going on in my gardens and the birds that are flying in, I will have more then enough to show you. Would any of you like me to hire you to do my gardens? Please? LOL
Photography/ “My 2 Gifts +” /April 2020©AmyRose Photography
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