Gloomy Weather Birding…Better Weather Memories

We have been experiencing a run of cloudy, foggy, misty, rainy days lately, culminating with about 3 inches of snow. But the camera and I don our raincoats and head out anyway. (My K-70 is weather sealed but I don’t push it when there is a chance of significant rain!) The birds are out there but the conditions for photography are pretty sketchy. The left photo shows what it looked like from the beach on Plum Island last Wednesday. I didn’t do any cropping or processing so this accurately represents the conditions. That’s a big flock of Eiders or Scoters flying through the mist, far off shore.

I do get good photos for ID purposes (those are two Red-breasted Mergansers in the right photo) but the color and sharpness leave much to be desired.

So what do you do when it’s cold and wet outside? Reminisce about nicer weather, of course. Here are some photos from a February 2019 trip I took with Mass Audubon to the Corpus Christi/Rio Grande area in Texas. Everyone likes ducks and we saw them in abundance.

It was hard to pick just a few photos from this trip. We saw so many different species in a variety of environments. This is just tiny sample.

The weather is supposed to turn sunnier this week. No raincoats or poor lighting conditions. I’ll see if I can get some nice photos of our winter residents.

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