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Heron, Merganser, Eagle, and a Pelican
Posted: 19 February 2012 07:18 PM   [ Ignore ]
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today’s route:

peoria to pekin, to spring lake, to goofy ridge, to havana, to emiquon, to banner marsh, to trivoli, and home


we found this great blue heron along the road that separates spring lake north from spring lake south..


then i was lucky enough to catch this drake common merganser at spring lake. we saw the hen a few minutes earlier, but it flew before we could get a pic.


just before we pulled into the entrance at emiquon we realized that there was a bald eagle sitting all alone in a tree.  it appears to be a little short of being fully mature. it screeched a few times too! that was awesome. i had never heard one until today.


and lastly, this pelican flew by me at emiquon.

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Posted: 20 February 2012 08:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Awesome pics t….

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Posted: 20 February 2012 10:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Great pics and a heck of a drive.

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Posted: 20 February 2012 11:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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i’m really happy about the merganser pic. are they common or kinda rare here? i dont believe i have ever seen one before.

the snow geese were down around duck creek, but we couldnt get close.

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Posted: 20 February 2012 11:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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MattS - 20 February 2012 10:20 AM

Great pics and a heck of a drive.

really not that far

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Posted: 20 February 2012 01:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I enjoy driving that river loop for waterfowl,it’s a good one for sure.Common Merg is pretty common during certain times of year.The hooded Merg alittle bit less.
You can check out the waterfowl aerial bird counts on the D.N.R. website to give ya a better idea on when/where you can have a better chance at spotting some more of the different types of waterfowl that migrate through.Have enjoyed your pics,both birds and guns.

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Posted: 20 February 2012 02:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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thanks tw. its comments like that that make it all worthwhile. im just a bored housewife with a good camera, lots of toys, and far too much free time. *laughs* im always stuck in the city on weekdays, but on weekends you will always find me out in the country somewhere. im originally from a small town in central nebraska, and i need to get away from the hussle and bussle of the city regularly to keep my sanity.

there still isnt alot of ducks back, which surprises me with it being such a mild winter. i want a good pic of a wood duck really bad, but i havent seen a single one yet.

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Posted: 20 February 2012 03:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I fully understand escaping the city part.For the Wood ducks,I usually spot them(early spring)in the flooded timber around Duck Island,also the Copperas creek area,a few of the pot hole ponds at Banner Marsh and the flooded ditches along the road leading/around the Dickson Mounds area.Keep at it,I’m sure ya get the picture this spring.
Looking forward to the prize picture..TW

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Posted: 20 February 2012 03:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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we saw alot of them on the old, and now closed, hwy 26 at hennepin last year. they tore down the old bridge, and built the interstate one, but the road still goes thru to a grain elevator on the river. lots of flooded timber. we went down it friday and there were absolutely no ducks. not even a mallard. still too early i guess.

i like that road between emiquon and dickson mounds too. always ducks there.

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Posted: 20 February 2012 03:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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other (bad) pics from yesterday


hen merganser at spring lake


redhead ducks at emiquon

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