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We are known as PaWingers or just The Wingers by our Geocaching friends. When we found our first cache we had to come up with a name to log the find. We came up with this name simply because of residing in Pa. and because one of our many passions is cruising this beautiful country on our Honda Goldwing. Aside from geocaching we are passionate about most anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling and biking. We are blessed beyond words with a wonderful son and daughter in law. We're also blessed with some terriffic family and friends. We consider ourselves very fortunate due to the fact that after being married over 40 years we still enjoy these things together.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blue Winged Teal

On a recent trip to Presque Isle we had planned on spending some time at an inland pond hoping to get a look at a couple of  huge beavers that seem to reside there.  We had also previously watched a muskrat swimming the length of the pool in light that was dimming quickly.  Today as we sat silently on the banks of this pond our attention was drawn towards a shallow cove just opposite to where we were positioned.  As we watched through the binoculars we were delighted to see a male and female duck with colors and markings that indicated they might be Blue Winged Teal.  We spent some time jockeying for a better position and hoping the Teals would offer us a better look.  Our patience paid off as we finally got into a location where we could get some decent images and also confirm that we were looking at a male and female Blue Winged Teal.  They are beautiful ducks and definitely display the teal color nicely when they are in flight. 

There are 4 major migrating flyways in North America.  These are the flyways that migrating waterfowl and shorebirds use year after year for their trip south in the fall and north in the spring.  Presque Isle is positioned precisely on the Atlantic Flyway so it's a tremendous place to photograph waterfowl and shorebirds.

1 comment:

Willard said...

Stunning shots, Tom. Never been that close at home or Middle Creek.