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Iona Island - January 3 2012

Posted by birder on Monday, February 6, 2012
It was pretty quite bird wise at Iona on the 3rd, but I did leave with some nice sunset photos.

When I arrived, I scanned the ocean and the south marsh for anything interesting. Out on the ocean, there were mainly Northern Pintails and American Widgeons. In the south marsh, there was a Common Merganser, some Buffleheads, a Northern Shoveler, and some gulls. I took some shots of the gulls, and then a few of the merganser. The lighting was not good for the merganser and the gulls, but I am happy with the second gull photo.

I countinued to walk, now in the direction of the North Marsh. In this marsh, there was another male Common Merganser, a Pied-billed Grebe, and a large flock of birds feeding together that included Gadwalls, Ring-necked Ducks an Coots.

Near the flock of coots, Ring-necked Ducks, and Gadwalls, there was a few Buffleheads. On male provided some nice photos.

The interesting birds I saw were Red-winged Blackbirds. I had heard them singing the whole time, and it really reminded me of spring.

The sun was now really starting to swink down to the water, some I took some photos of the sunset. It was a really pretty thing to watch. I took some photos of the shrubs in front of the sunset as well as the sunset, and all the shots came out quite nicely.

Even though it was pretty quite bird wise, it was still a great afternoon and I loved watching the sunset before I left.




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