By: Jennifer Bateman | Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Last week Bob and I did some hiking in Tamarac Wildlife Refuge to do a little wildlife viewing and bird watching. It's a beautiful and very large refuge, with lots of hiking trails and gravel roads. It's also an access point for the North County Scenic Trail.
A friend of mine gave us some good tips on places to go to view beaver, otter, bald eagles and trumpeter swans. It was quiet for us, but we went in the middle of the day which probably wasn't the best timing. I would image early morning and at dusk would be a better time to see animals moving around. During the spring migration in May and early June I've heard it's just busting with birds.
I was hoping to see some otters, but we weren't that lucky. We did, however, have some fun with a pair of eagles. They let me photograph them in three different trees.
We first spotted them in an osprey nest, and what a funky nest and dead tree it was!
Next they landed in a huge white pine, which is one of their favorite types of trees. And always at the very top!
Last stop was in a another dead tree full of great branches for perching.
We also saw dozens of trumpeter swans. A few were swimming in the marshes of the refuge, but the majority of them were on the drive through Ponsford Prairie farm land to get to the refuge. In every low spot in the fields was a puddle of water, and in every puddle were anywhere from two to twelve swans! Since swans are fairly easy for me to photograph on Two Inlets Lake during the spring and fall migration, I didn't take too many pictures of them on this trip. But I had to take a couple because they are such beautiful birds!
The trumpeter swans seem out of place in a farm field.
This is one of my favorites from the day.
I hope you will consider a family vacation with us this spring. View our cabin availability
and choose a cabin for your stay. I would be more than happy to point you in the right direction for some great bird photography opportunities.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
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