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Right in Front of my Nose | by tkfranzen
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Right in Front of my Nose

I am back from what feels like three years of travels, finally catching my breath just in time for wood duck nesting season.

Naturally, all week I've been out at dawn, staking out a wood duck box that we've placed outside a blind that we installed last autumn at my favorite wetland, Brick Pond. Typically when sitting in the blind I am focused on the box, logs and a beaver lodge, all further into the pond. Today I was peeking out the top viewport when something caught my eye much closer to the blind. This little greenie had staked its claim on a log and began hunting, about ten feet away! I had to remove my lens from the tripod and balance it a different port to even capture this within my sights. But this guy was intent on his hunting and not at all concerned. Naturally, the fish it caught was safely between me and veggie obstruction. So, alas, no viable action shots. But a fun encounter just the same. Will post about the woody box soon, crazy stuff happening with a potential for a mixed family of mergansers and wood ducks. Oh, and, yup, for those of you that pay attention, there's a new (to me, actually used) lens in town. Still getting used to it!

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Taken on May 25, 2019