Somedays I grab my gear with purpose; others I just drive and see what I find wherever I end up. On this particular, rainy, chilly April morning I thought I’d drive over to Big Creek, maybe stroll around the lake. But, when go there and spotted the abundance of waterfowl, I knew exactly what I would be spending my morning doing. I found a few different vantage points, but my favorite was a wooden dock. I sat on the bench, propped my Tamron 150-600mm (affectionately know as Big Tammy) on the railing and snapped for about two hours straight. I saw flocks of pelicans move in and out, loons dive around, coot float by, cormorants pack the tops of trees, and a fisherman cast from his boat. Watching these birds was such an awesome experience. With the exception of the coot, these migratory birds are only in Iowa for a short time, so I was excited to have a chance to not only see them but to photograph them.
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