Up early this morning (well, probably not as early as I should have) for a trip to the Riverlands Conservation Area near Alton, IL to try out a new lens.
Found this to be a bit humorous. This is a small island in one of the ponds at Riverlands. Usually you find a few ducks and geese around the island but this morning, in the midst of the Canada Geese was a Great Blue Heron. He seemed totally unconcerned when more geese arrived and landed nearby. The only thing I could think of was "odd bird out?".
On the same pond there were a number of Goldeneyes apparently feeding on something beneath the surface. A tough photo subject because they dived so often and when they dive they usually don't come up near where they went down.
Mixed in with the Goldeneyes were a large number of gulls. Some floated on the surface while others circled above. When the gulls circling saw some food they would literally fold their wings and drop from the air to below the surface so quickly you could barely see the move.
Another group of Goldeneyes.
And yet another.
These geese were on a farm field a few miles away from the Riverlands. The Mississippi River and bluffs on the Illinois side of the river are in the background.
And the final photo is a group of Canada Geese at the Busch Wildlife Area near St. Charles, MO. I didn't see many waterfowl at Busch today. Not sure if that is because the weather has been so warm or for another reason.