Early birds

This spring has been a very pleasant and warm surprise. With the warm weather, I suspected some migrations would also start a little earlier. I checked my photo files from this time last year and saw that I was photographing a Beaver family on the ice in the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. It was cold as I recalled and the backwaters and marshes were still pretty much frozen over.

This past weekend I got over to the refuge on both Saturday and Sunday morning and had a great time photographing a variety of wildlife. The ice was gone and the temperature was pleasant. I observed a variety of ducks, Canadian Geese, Robins all over the place, Red-winged Blackbirds, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Juncos, Great Blue Herons, Sandhill Cranes, turtles, snakes and a Turkey. There were also several Bald Eagles, a couple of hawks and many frogs croaking away in the marsh. I posted some of my photos from the weeknd photo sessions below.

I hope you enjoy viewing these images as much as I enjoyed photographing them.  Please feel free to share this blog on facebook or other sites if you feel so moved.

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A colorful Wood Duck
A pair of Sandhill Cranes woke up the marsh inhabitants with
their shrill trumpeting call.
A view of the marsh just after sunrise on Saturday

The Willows were budding

A Great Blue Heron floating towards the morning sun

A Sandhill Crane facing into the morning sun.
A Sandhill Crane flying through the marsh.


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