I took my scope up to Berlin Pond today – a local hot spot for waterfowl as the ice melts and later, for migratory warblers and a host of other birds. I’ve been fiddling with using my old SLR with a DCA adapter but am trying a new Canon SD4000IS point and shoot to see how that works. Right now, I’m pretty low on the learning curve.
Lots of stuff is starting to show up: Canada Geese, Ring-necked Ducks, and lots of Hooded Mergansers. I spent a lot of time trying to identify two ducks, which turned out to be Green-winged Teal, but who persisted in sitting on the ice all tucked in, probably resting for the next flight further north. Several pairs of Mallards showed up and I got a decent shot of them, plus one of a goose parading on the ice.
It’s nice to work without freezing fingers so I think, as I practice, things will improve. Stay tuned.