A Second Look 25 December 2012
Great light and a great experience always deserve a second look. There is, of course, some risk in a second look. Sometimes the fullfillment of a first look is hard to beat. In the case of a biodiversity-rich place, something new will always turn up. Setting expectations low and mindset to wide-open will keep every return visit pleasant. I returned a second day to enjoy this Mississippi River bird feeding wonder.
Swamp Sparrow, winter plumage (very similar to Lincoln's Sparrow in appearance!)
Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, and Dark-eyed Junco
All images were photographed with a refurbished Canon 7D and my favorite 300mm f4 IS Canon flourite lens. If you happen to be visiting the towns along the Mississippi River in search of nature, be sure to tell the people along your economic path (shops, restaurants, gas stations, etc.) that the reason for your travels was the abundance of nature. Gently remind those people receiving your business that it is the birds that brought them your money. Remind them that protecting those habitats and scenic beauties that keep the birds will serve to keep their businesses strong. You vote with your dollars. How you spend is part of the equation of sustainability. Vote for the birds as you visit them. The General Store in Stockholm Wisconsin (Stockholm General) is one great example of a business that is using local products and voicing the importance of protecting scenic beauty to the area's captains of industry.