April 21, 2014 Bridgeport Reservoir, California

Western grebe pair
Western grebe pair

More Waterfowl

I ran down to the Bridgeport Reservoir Dam early this morning and got a shot of a pair of western grebes fishing.

As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.

Western grebe pair
Western grebe pair

I then drove farther down the road along the Clark River, stopping a couple of times and stealthily walking down through the sagebrush to the river’s edge trying to capture some duck shots before, or as they flew off.

Common merganser pair
Common merganser pair
Mallard pair takeoff
Mallard pair
Cinnamon Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Mallard drake in flight
Mallard drake in flight
Mallard pair takeoff
Mallard pair

It is amazing the number and diversity of ducks on this small, gorgeous river. I was told that this is one of the three most famous trout streams in the west, but I am impressed as much by the number of ducks it attracts. This morning I have found several Cinnamon Teal, Buffleheads, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, Widgeons, a pair of Redheads, Mallards, Northern Shovelers, and Ring necked ducks all in just a half mile stretch of this 30 foot wide stream. Also present were several cormorants, grebes, and a white pelican. Quite a spot. Only issue is being able to sneak up on them with no trees to hide behind, and when they spook and take off, the camera finds it difficult to gain focus quick enough against the hillside brush on the far side of the stream.

Around 8:30, I took off for a return trip to Bodie. After driving all the way up there, I turned back at the start of the 3 mile dirt road in because of the white, overcast skies, no sun whatsoever. I figured there was no sense in beating the car up on the 3 miles of bad road when the resultant images would most likely not be all that good with the poor light.

So I returned home to process images and work on blog posts. I plan to head up to Carson City tomorrow but the weather calls for strong winds with a rain and snow mix, so I may extend my stay here another day. I have no desire to get caught on the road in that kind of weather, especially since I don’t know what kinds of elevations I may meet between here and Carson City.

Pinyon jays crowding the feeder
Pinyon jay
Mallard pair takeoff
Mallard pair
Mallard drake in flight
Mallard drake in flight

 

 

 

 

Mallard drake in flight
Mallard drake in flight
Cinnamon Teal
Cinnamon Teal

 

 

 

 

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