Friday, December 26, 2014

Sun-dappled Lakefront ~ Christmas Cooper's Hawk

A view towards the Lakefront on Lake Kittamaqundi, afternoon of Christmas Day.

The Christmas Cooper's Hawk visited my bird feeders that morning, but a few minutes after it flew away my regular visitors started showing up. Gracey enjoyed the sunny day, too...


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Duck Parade ~~ a Lake Dreary and Bright Last Weekend

First, I'd like to draw attention to the Howard County Bird Club's special program this Thursday evening at the Robinson Nature Center: It's a presentation about the irruption of snowy owls in the region last winter. Free and open to the public. Note information about times and the Nature Center's front door. Here's the link:

My photos show Lake Kittamaqundi last weekend, when we had a dreary, rainy Saturday followed by a sunny though chilly and windy Sunday. There were up to four species of migrating or winter resident ducks, five if you include the usual mallards.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Quartetto Gelato at Columbia's Candlelight Concerts, Sunday ~~ Holiday Exhibit, Sale at the Artists' Gallery

Music and art near the Lake!

I'm enjoying the performances in another season of Candlelight Concerts at Howard Community College. This weekend's appearance by Quartetto Gelato looks a little different for chamber music. Note that Gelato is performing on Sunday evening (7:00pm) instead of on Candlelight's usual Saturday evening. Also, they are giving a separate family performance in the afternoon.

The link here has program and ticket information, plus there's a very nice video of an example of the quartet's playing:

(Press photo downloaded from Gelato's site.)


The Artists' Gallery in the American City Building by Lake Kittamaqundi just installed the annual all-member holiday season exhibit. I enjoyed the monthly reception for opening the exhibit yesterday evening. A special gift sale continues today. Here's the link to the gallery's page:

My photos of last month's exhibit at the gallery -- featured artist was photographer John Stier

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Magnificent Mergansers

...and a few goose droppings on ice. The hooded mergansers which spend the winter on Lake Kittamaqundi tend to be shy and difficult to photograph without a powerful zoom. Last winter, when I found this small flock hemmed in by the ice and less intimidated by people on the path, I didn't miss the opportunity. I only noticed what was on the ice behind them when I opened the photos on my desktop at home. I've cropped a few of these shots for more focus on the birds in the water.

They are back again this winter, just a few so far. I've only captured some shots with my compact camera:

These two shots show the same male with his hood or crest up and down.