In Your Backyard!

Well, not exactly in your own backyard! But you don't have to go on vacation to exotic places to get good pictures.  Try your local parks and conservation areas. Do some research on the types of birds and animals that frequent your area.  Learn their habits. Find out how long it takes a bird's eggs to hatch. Scout out the area for a good vantage point to take pictures of the newly hatched chicks.

Here are some pictures taken at Kensington Metro Park, a local park, in Michigan. This park was only 15 minutes from my backyard. It has an abundance of wildlife such as geese, blue herons, white herons, deer, fox, ducks, and swans.

It takes patience. I have watched some of these birds for over 4 hours before being able to get pictures.  The swans alone spanned a period of 7 weeks. But, it can payoff in some interesting photos for your picture album. Here are a sequence of photos of a Great Blue Heron catching a fish.  The swan pictures were taken over a seven week period. Click on the pictures for a larger view.

Very Protective Parent!
Look at my Wings!
Big deal! look at these!

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