Geez! The winter birds are still around and the Red-winged Blackbirds are back! In a week, I shot so many memories! I am working on some tonight.
But here tonight I only start with a trip to the DNR launch site (Harley Ensign) at the end of South River Road in Macomb County last week. I told my Facebook friends we saw a lovely woman walking a pig and some suggested they needed proof. :) I post a few pics here. I will drop the URL to FB friends. And, no, I sadly did not see the Gyrfalcon reported there earlier...
Before the pig-walker, I saw a very strange bird that I need help to identify! I called it a "punker duck". See below ...
So, FB friends, here is the lovely gal walking her pig on a bright sunny day in the mid-40s.Yes really!!!
Note: in my recollections of the incident, I thought a pig probably would not have been much protection for a pretty girl walking in an area away from much traffic.Then, I remembered she was accompanied by her mother with a massive pit bull on a leash. And, the pit bull seemed to not like my appearance. Whew! I love leashed dogs!!! (Note:...if you are a pretty girl and take your pig for a walk, be sure to take a pit bull mother and her pit bull dog along...! At one point the mother had to remind the dog "it's only Dino...") Whew!
Before that encounter, I had gone before Judy along the trail on the other side of the peninsula, shooting a weird new duck. I ask all of my birder friends to help with an ID - please.
But, birders, check out the yellow on bill. Possibly a hybrid with Barrow's Goldeneye? There are no pics in the guides to help me here. I need your experience! Thanks!!!
I do have a few more pics, but the silly bird always kept moving away. I suspect it is just a deformation - but of which species???
Anyway, it was a great day to be "out and about"! Certainly the first time I shot a "punker duck" and a pretty lady walking her pig!