Sunday, March 21, 2010
This past Thursday I spoke to a small but dedicated group of nature photographers at the downtown Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Although most nature centers are constructed, well, in natural areas, the Grange Insurance center is quite an undertaking of ecological restoration. The site was formerly a complex of warehouses and parking lots, but now has been transformed into a large field with native plantings and a newly constructed wetland. I wasn't expecting to see much nature at the center, but I did go down a little bit early with my telephoto lens just in case. Since I had last been to the center, a boardwalk traversing the new wetland had been constructed. As I approached the water, a flushed three killdeer, but I hope that they would return. After getting a few shots of the dozen or so Canada geese, this killdeer did fly back to the water's edge, and I managed to get a few shots. So often I associate killdeers with weedy parking lots and junky habitats, it was to to photograph this bird along a shore.