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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday February 17, 2013

Updated on February 19, 2013
Mallard Pair
Mallard Pair | Source

Seasonable Temperatures Have Returned

Temperatures were more in line with the season this week and we even had a smattering of snow on Tuesday. I was so hoping to get bird pictures in snow, but it was so wet, I didn’t want to risk having my camera out in the elements. I know that many of you have noticed a change in my pictures, and that is because I finally splurged and got a semi-professional camera. Now, mind you, I have a learning curve to go through, and I hope that my pictures have improved a little this week for your viewing pleasure.

Canvasback
Canvasback | Source
Gadwalls
Gadwalls | Source

Ducks are Back!

Mornings have been on the cool side, right around 26 degrees F. That is fine, though, as the ducks tend to show themselves more when it is more seasonable, so I got the opportunity to get better pictures of Canvasbacks and Gadwalls.

Male Bufflehead
Male Bufflehead | Source

Buffleheads

The Buffleheads are still around, and to be honest, they are one of my favorites. The males are so easy to spot with that bright white, and if you were as graceful as they are, you’d show off just a little, too.

Great Blue Heron
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Great Blue Heron is Still Eating

Toward the end of the day, I got the Great Blue Heron fishing with a decent sized fish for his efforts. It is getting to be close to spring, so the male that has been around all winter is displaying a crest, but it isn’t his full crest yet. They are beautiful birds and there is nothing ore graceful in flight than a heron. Who feels the same?

Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird | Source

Red-winged Blackbird

The Red-winged Blackbird is spending more time near the water, continuously calling, and they will soon be ready to mate, lay eggs, and have families once again. There is quite a crop of young this year, and some of the males only have partial epaulets, which is nothing unusual, but that is certainly one way to tell a first year male. There are more males than females right now, but this will balance out as time goes on.

Great White Pelican Pair
Great White Pelican Pair | Source

Great White Pelican Pair

Yesterday, I was surprised with a Great White Pelican pair. I only saw one this morning, but that doesn’t mean that the other one is not around. There has been one around one-and-off through the entire winter. I met a couple this morning, who happened to ask if I saw the pelican, so I relayed my story of the one that I had seen over the winter. They seem to enjoy bird watching, as do many people in the area, and Boomer Lake is truly a hot spot for that sport.

American Robin
American Robin | Source

American Robins

The American Robins are increasing in numbers, and they also definitely feel that the better part of winter is over. There are still a few stragglers in their respective sheltered neighborhoods, but they will be on the lake ready to join the others before long. It is practically mating season!

Dark-eyed Junco
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Dark-eyed Juncos

The Dark-eyed Juncos are still out in force and a few will actually stop for a moment or two, so that one can get a good look at them. They are rather hard to spot, and naturally, that tends to happen when they are already in flight, which is going to be my next project, trying to get smaller birds in flight. They are a lot faster than the larger ones.

Sixty Degrees and More Pictures

This afternoon promises to hit sixty degrees, so I plan to be out and about once again, after I get this piece done. My friend, Jeannie, is able to go out for photos today, so I just as soon have her expertise while I try to get in a little more camera time.

Keep your eyes on the ground and your head in the clouds. Happy birding until next week, and I hope that your birds are every bit as beautiful as mine!

Bufflehead Battle Between the Males
Bufflehead Battle Between the Males | Source
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Canada Goose
Canada Goose | Source
Canada Goose
Canada Goose | Source

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You're right, precy anza. Can't miss that Bufflehead. The robins are all out in force now, all over the grass, running here and there. Spring is right around the corner. There seem to be less juncos...

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      precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

      Hey! Off to my walk on the Lake with your hub! ^-^' Loved the beautiful photos :) That dark-eyed junco is just so cute for me, and the robin! That bright white color with the bufflehead is hard not to notice.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, sg. I know a lot of the birds, but not all of them, by any means. A surprise always comes along. I'm so glad that you stopped by, and I'm looking forward to hearing about your bird adventures, too.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I always love your Boomer Lake hubs! This one is no exception, I really enjoyed it. I especially like the fact that you talked about the dark-eyed junco, as I have several pictures of the bird, but didn't know what the name was. I know I can depend on you to "know your birds"! Great hub, voted up and more! :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      torrilynn, thanks for saying so, and I love going out there every day. I never know what i will find.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Marities, they are usually everywhere I look. A pre-teen was out sliding with his dad yesterday, and was looking toward the water as I was heading home. He thought that he saw a whirlpool being formed and I explained the action of the Buffleheads. One never knows, maybe a birder in the making...

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, truthfornow! Glad that you like the shots, but I have a new camera to thank for that. There is still a learning curve for me, but I will get there.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jackie! As dead as it looks, there is lots of life out there. Yesterday was cold and rainy with sleet, and even though it was bad for pictures, I still saw the Belted Kingfisher and a Northern Flicker. But, spring is coming.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      aviannovice, nice hub about spending time at this lake and enjoying your time there. really great photos that you have provided. voted up.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      The birds and ducks are out there whatever season it may be. I love the action shots in your photos! Beautiful!

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Wow such great closeup pictures of beautiful birds. Very nice and relaxing hub. Love the action shots the best.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow some great great shots! Sorry I am so long getting here, just running behind at Hp the last few days. But actually my score goes up when that happens, so go figure!

      It looks like even the blue heron has no fear of you now; and that goose, I can almost hear it!

      Still too cold for me to get out and dead looking but just a couple more weeks I am hoping. ^ and sharing.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Nell! Glad to see you, as always. Today was so cloudy, most of the shots weren't good at all, but the next sunny day, I will be out there once again.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Your photos are definitely more defined, if thats the word, in fact they are great! I love all the names of your birds over there, they really make me smile, and so does your hubs, voted up! nell

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Connie! The days have been in the 50's, very pleasant, but still no rain on the horizon. We need it so badly, too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, D.A.:L! Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you enjoyed the content.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Might as well. It won't hurt to look.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Deb, you are definitely doing very well with your new camera! I really loved seeing the wing feathers upturned on the Canada Goose as it was landing on the water. What a great capture! Today it is snowing lightly, but the juncos don't seem to mind. They are pecking at the ground like little tiny grey chickens! Very nice job as always. Voted Up, Useful and Beautiful

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      Dave 4 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, as a fellow naturalist I find your hubs uplifting and a great informative source. the photographs as stated by all other hubbers are skilfully procured. Thank you for sharing.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      I'll save up some money and take a look at the Nikons.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like a new camera is in order, Chris!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      The battery for my camera gets too cold and quits completely. I put the other one in and put the frozen one in my pocket. Also, my 70-210 lens doesn't like the cold. I am in the wrong environment with this camera.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Johan! It is always good to see you. Every day, I get a bit better with the camera. It is not such a scary thing, anymore, even though there is still a lot that I don't understand about it, but I will get there.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Eddy. Yes, do tell about the wildlife park. I know that many of us would enjoy it.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Alicia. I have such a great time looking for things to photograph, but sometimes, I don't have to look far at all. Thanks for coming!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The sunshine is always the best, Martin. Everything else is incidental, except for the sounds of nature. I hope to never forget that, ever.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I heard that some cameras don't do well in the cold. So far, the D7000 doesn't mind the cold at all.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jim! I look forward to them myself, to reconnect with both old and new friends. Glad you're having fun.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Billy! I understand about yard work, it is sure getting to be the season. It is now time to prepare and make good use of those things that we have around to prepare the soil for planting.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Keep going with the new camera, Exciting! Another interesting visit.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for taking me with you to Boomer Lake once again Deb.

      You have the gift of breathing life into your words and I feel as if I am by your side throughout my visit..

      I love it and it reminds me of our Wildlife Park.

      I think a hub on this haven is overdue.

      Have a wonderful day Deb.

      Eddy.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the photos of the Canada Goose in flight, Deb. Some of the birds that you see are found where I live too, but others aren't. It's lovely to see your photos each week.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for this. My wife took me outside on Valentines. She put me in a wheelchair. The world was a blur, but I remember the sunshine.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Deb, I have a friend who has a Nikon D5000 and it is an excellent camera, so you have done very well. Eventually I may do the same. You are doing great. I got some shots of a pair of snowy owls tonight. A couple turned out pretty well, but it was so cold, my camera was acting up. I've been told it is a poor craftsman who blames his tools.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Always interesting and great photos too! So many of us look forward to these Sunday outings of yours.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm a bit late to the lake today. Sorry about that; yardwork to do. I do know that the robins are out in force looking for worms here, and snow geese flew overhead in formation this morning, which was very cool to see.

      Thanks for the visit my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I love the dunnock, Nettlemere. It seems like a speedy little guy, just like our juncos.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Chris! I got a Nikon D7000 with an AFS DX Nikkor 18-300 3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. I've only been at it for 3 weeks, but I don't think I'm doing too bad. This is my first DSLR and there is so much to learn.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Bumpsysmum. It is so much easier to learn when not forced to do it. I never had a problem learning simply from pleasure. Thanls for visiting and the votes. It is always a pleasure to see you.

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      Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I love the shot of the goose coming into land on the water. Good luck with getting the smaller birds in flight, I struggle to get the darned things in shot at all as they zoop about so much. There's a little sparrow like bird called the dunnock which I swear knows the very second I can see him in shot because it sits still until that moment and then I get another picture of an empty branch.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Beautiful photos Deb. What kind of camera did you get? You'll get the hang of the new equipment. In the meantime, keep sending photos. We love them. I'm heading out into the snowy elements now to take some photos myself. I love the herons. When I am fishing, they fly overhead and I can hear their wings. Beautiful birds.

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      Bumpsysmum 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Brilliant as always. I love your Hubs. Great pics and information, so well done. Your birds are so different, apart from the Mallards, so it's interesting for me to read about them from the perspective of a watcher rather than just a text book. Thank you. Up and awesome

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