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Montezuma - Spring 2015

posted Apr 12, 2015, 1:42 PM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Apr 14, 2015, 10:21 AM ]
On a rather crisp and cloudy Saturday in April, I met up with fellow photographer Rod Best (http://rod-best.artistwebsites.com/) and we spent a marathon 7 hours photographing at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (http://www.fws.gov/refuge/montezuma/).  The treat of the day was the abundance of Ospreys, but lots of other birds and scenery kept us busy!  A fantastic day out and a real pleasure to spend that much time behind my camera.  The clouds finally cleared and we were able to get some sunset shots as well.  Please enjoy the photos!

Osprey in flight.

The impressive wingspan and colorful patterns of the Osprey about to land.

Osprey about to alight on its nest.

A wet and dirty Muskrat - we saw about a dozen of these during our visit.

A gull in flight.

A Red-winged Blackbird singing and displaying.

A duck (we think) with a green head and other colors.  :-)  (We need to check back with the refuge volunteers for identification.)
UPDATE: Thanks to many submissions, this is a Northern Shoveler Duck.  Shovel away!

A small group of herons in flight - something neither of us have ever seen.  We thought they were always solo.

Sunset overlooking the marshes.

A twilight shot of the observation tower, with a planetary object directly above.

Can't wait to go back!

-PHIL



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