The promise of a warm and sunny forecast for Saturday got me really excited about venturing back down to Emiquon Nature Preserve. The preserve is along the Illinois River about two hours south of where I live. I left early in the morning to give me plenty of time to explore along the way. Unfortunately, it was very foggy and even when I arrived at my destination the fog was still hanging around. About 9:30 the fog finally lifted to unveil a crystal clear blue sky.
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @400mm | 1/500 | f/6.3 | ISO 400
The duck hunters were out again, so there was not a lot of action on the water. However, I did come across a small group of northern shovelers that were brave enough to hang out on on the water.
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @550mm | 1/640 | f/9| ISO 200
Could this be a glossy ibis?
After photographing the northern shovelers, I was just about to leave when I spotted some movement in the tall grass. When I saw the size and shape of this bird I realized that this was something I had never seen before. What a beautiful, interesting bird! After doing a little research I decided that it looked like a glossy ibis. However, they are not native to this area. So, what do you think? Is this in fact a glossy ibis or something else?
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @460mm | 1/800 | f/8| ISO 200
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @600mm | 1/800 | f/8| ISO 200
In the afternoon I drove to Banner Marsh. I went back to the area that I had visited the week before and only saw a few ducks that were way too far away to photograph. There was an area that I failed to visit last time, and wow did I miss the boat! There were hundreds of mute swans on the water! It was amazing to see so many of these beautiful birds in one area!
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @500mm | 1/1,000| f/8| ISO 200
On my way home I saw this beautiful hawk.
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @459mm | 1/200 | f/6.3 | ISO 200
Two more beauties on the way home.