Believe you me…
This Eider Girl I met the other day, paddling about at Wychmere Harbor, has a story to tell.
Coming soon! 😉
I was walking Bank Street Beach the other afternoon, photographing gulls.
It was really windy, the seascape full of chop, and it wasn’t one bit easy holding the camera steady.
Just then I noticed something out in the water that I’d never seen before.
Three long, long tail feathers, a real short bill with a pink ring, white-gray-black feathers, and black “smudges” on the side of the head that almost looked like ears.
Was this a bird, or a dog?! 😉
And lucky for me, unlike most ducks the Long-taileds sport their striking plumage during nonbreeding season.
I sure would’ve hated to miss those tail feathers, they were outa’ this world!
Shaky camera and all, they took my breath away! 😉
The sundown moments I had with this (my very first) Greater Scaup this past week were some of the most special of my short time photographing wildlife.
It’s almost a meditation, requiring focus, patience — and good knees! 😉
Well, it looked like I wasn’t the ONLY one who saw the moonrise this morning at Wychmere.
But I got even luckier when I saw this beautiful Herring Gull, standing at her post as the moon set just overhead.
As she sallied forth, with the moon on her shoulder. 😉
Well I met my first Greater Scaup the other evening.
Even in the lowest of sunset lights in the harbor, she was as lovely a Lady as I’d ever want to meet!
Hopefully, if the sun ever returns to us, I’ll visit with them both again and be able to do their beauty justice.
More images of Lady Scaup to come! ❤