Shooting Independence Grove

Carrying on the theme from the last post, I’m back with a shoot summary from earlier in the year.  In fact, this shoot was the morning of the same day we made it to Hebron.  Linda was running the dogs at a big agility show in Libertyville IL.  Knowing the serious downtime that surrounds a dog show, I opted to explore a local park to see what the Northeast part of the state had to offer.  After some quick searches on the web, Independence Grove was selected as the destination.

Shots from Independence Grove, Libertyville IL July 2015

Once again we are taken advantage of by the Chicago leach burbs requiring a $10 fee just to get into the park.  Not aware of any alternatives on the spot, the extortion was paid and I found a parking lot capable of holding the Wombat.  With Beast in hand I set out to discover a bunch of +1’s.  Jumping to the punch line… zero +1’s for the day – make that a punch to the gut.  The Grove is a nice park complete with a large lake, bike path, kid’s center and even a nature walk area.  Everything you would want unless you were looking for new birds.  All was not lost – there were some nice print shots accumulated in the tin.  The Mallard shot of the mother and her juvi (above and below) came out pretty nice.

Shots from Independence Grove, Libertyville IL July 2015

Adding to the print set was this female Red-Winged Blackbird.  She was keeping a tight eye on my every move to make sure her prize catch wasn’t going to be taken.  At first that green hopper was putting up a struggle, but eventually is succumbed to the higher entry in the food chain.

Shots from Independence Grove, Libertyville IL July 2015

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As the World Terns

I must be going bird crazy.  Not only did I break all protocols with the last post, but here I am doing it AGAIN!  As with the last post, this one also comes from a shoot only a couple of weeks old – the developer solution is still drying on these shots.  Today’s featured bird seemed like a logical bookend to the recently presented Black Tern.

Caspian Tern shot at Independence Grove in Libertyville IL

Yep folks, that is another Tern I get to add to my Birding Life List.  Specifically, this is the Caspian variety.  Pretty sure there’s a set of these in the tin from North Carolina, but these particular shots came from two other locations.  The first time I encountered them (other than NC) was at Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge in Havana IL.  That place has been very very good to me producing +1 after +1 almost every time we make the trek down there.  Truthfully, the first time they were shot was a bit of an accident.  I had taken a number of frames of a Gull while there because quite frankly.. I shoot anything that is moving (always remember the golden rule).

Caspian Tern shot at Independence Grove in Libertyville IL

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