A flock of Northern Pintails fly in to join the crowd.
The Tundra Swans, geese and ducks have all fled for warmer
climates as the Mississippi River has succumbed to Old Man
Winter. After what was an exceptionally warm Autumn, the
weather took a sharp turn during early December and caused a
quick freeze-up of the river.
Before the final freeze-up on a rather snowy morning, Jo and I
traveled down to the Brownsville Overlook to say good-bye to
these birds until next year.
The snow made for some interesting images and after reviewing
them I decided that black and white seemed more appropriate than
As I had stated in my previous post, this year was certainly a
lackluster year for the swans. I'm sure the unseasonably mild
Autumn weather had a lot to do with it. Let's hope next year is
On a final note, do you have any images of owls?
Here's your chance to enter your prized images in the 2017
International Festival of Owls Photography Contest. For a modest
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you'll have a chance to win a cash prize and lots of fame and
To learn more about the contest,