Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Visit to Broadmoor

One of my New Year's resolutions is to increase the areas that I visit for wildlife photography. I am ashamed to admit that I do not make very effective use of our Audubon membership. With those two facts in mind, I set my mind to visiting Broadmoor on a scouting trip.

One of the challenges of visiting any new place, is avoiding wandering around in search of those special areas. Kathy Dia was kind enough to give me a brief overview of a few places that I should check out.

With notes in hand, I headed to Broadmoor on Saturday morning. The weather was breezy, cool and cloudy, certainly not conducive to photography, but the forecast was for clearing and sun at mid-day. Unfortunately the clearing didn't materialize until much later.

However, it was an enjoyable day exploring and wandering the trails. I'm glad I had Kathy's comments, I started with those spots and then decided to explore some of the longer trails to get a better idea of the terrain for future visits.

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Male Wood Duck caught by surprise

One area that was quite "birdy" was the area by the Mill Pond / Stream. Early in the morning it was pretty dark, so I didn't get many usable photos there with my "walk around" 70-300. However, after I tired myself exploring, it was getting brighter (not bright, just brighter). I wandered back with my 500 and was able to get some shots I like.


Thrushes down my the Mill Stream
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There was a nice sized flock of Palm Warblers. It was rare to get one to rest for a moment; even rarer for there not to be a branch in the way.
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Near the waterfall, I captured some photos of this Phoebe. Identifying it was driving me crazy. I have sequences of photos where it's pumping, its tail; others where it was wagging its tail. The lighting wasn't great so I wasn't 100% sure on the coloring, but Sibley's comments about nesting on man-made structures was the deciding factor.
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In all it was a fun day. I'm kicking myself for not going earlier, but it won't be so long until my next visit.

3 comments:

  1. Nice. I'll have to see Kathy's notes and take a trip down there.

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  2. One of my regular haunts! I've often had better luck there on overcast days than sunny days. Love the Palm Warblers!

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  3. Larry, these are so great; I can't wait to pass them on to the sanctuary director Elissa Landre!
    Kathy

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