While giving an individual lesson on telephotos and wildlife photography earlier, this female common merganser came in for a landing, presenting the perfect how-to moment.
Contrary to what Paul Simon might say, all the world is not a sunny day, and not everything looks worse in black and white. Fog creates the mystery while monochrome creates the mood during spring breakup.
Apparently the Barrow's goldeneyes have not left the vicinity of the Eagle River Nature Center, as I had previously reported. I went out this morning hoping to photograph a bear and instead happened upon this little guy. He was a bit skittish at first and swam away but I was able to quietly inch my way closer and get down on my belly for an eye-level view, all the while looking back over my shoulder in case the bear should show up while I was sprawled out.
There was a pair of these ducks at the Eagle River Nature Center recently, although they seem to have moved on from here. They are difficult birds to photograph and I only had a couple brief sessions with them. Maybe they will stop for a visit on their way south this fall.