There is more to fall and winter than dying leaves and bare branches
Waterfowl can be found calling, flying, and splashing along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. While many of us are familiar with Mallards, there are other unique species that are a pleasure to photograph and watch throughout the season.
Double-Crested Cormorants striking a pose
Double-Crested Cormorants are seen year-round in some places. As the weather gets colder, these birds are more numerous. Cormorants have a very narrow bill and feed on fish. It is possible to get close to these birds on boat docks and piers.
Hooded Mergansers keep their distance
Hooded Mergansers are far more skittish and fly away whenever people come close. But, male hoodies are among the most beautiful birds of the season. They have a distinctive black and white pattern on the head and neck. Binoculars or a spotting scope are a must to enjoy viewing this bird.
Tundra Swans in flight
There is probably no more graceful waterfowl than the Mute Swan, the Tundra are natives of North America. This swan has a black bill and is wearier of humans than the orange billed Mutes.
You just may see a Mallard or two
Through November to early April, keep your eyes open for other waterfowl species such asRed-Breasted Mergansers, and Snow Geese. Plan ahead to spend a day with these birds, dress according to the weather, bring a field guide, check your photography and viewing gear, and be patient as some species are seen more often than others.
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