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3/1/2019 & 3/3/2019


I'd had a long week and work; totaling 41 hours by the end-of-day on Thursday. I told my boss I'd be out on Friday but promised to check in with my teams throughout the day. What better way to blow off steam than to go take some pictures?


I wanted to stay close to Indy on Friday in case I was needed at work. I slept in a little and then wandered over to Eagle Creek Park. The sun was shining, and I had low expectations for bird activity at the park. I was surprised to find that one of the seed piles was actively being maintained and was decently busy. I was really looking for some Red-headed Woodpeckers, but they remained scarce. I was happy to shoot the usual suspects in the sunshine. Most of my visits this year have been on overcast days.


Saturday, it was cloudy... and dark. I did not head out. Sunday, the weather was looking much the same as the day before. Eventually, the snow started to fall, and I knew that would bring me some much-needed light. Again, I did not want to head far; so, it was back to the trusty seed pile at Eagle Creek Park. I pulled out my tripod and set it up at a seated height; throwing a raincoat over it to keep my camera dry. I'm sure I looked crazy sitting there all covered in snow. It felt really good to be out, though.


On the way out, I spotted a couple of Mallards close to the road in a flooded area. I decided to loop around to get them on my driver's side to shoot a couple quick shots. As I was driving around to them, I noticed a bunch of robins feeding in a different flooded area. It only took a second to notice that one of them was different. In the midst of the flock, there was a Hermit Thrush flitting about. I was grateful to get a few shots. I just wish I'd allowed for a little extra DOF when shooting. Another thing to keep in mind...


Thanks for reading,

Mike

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