I decided to take a Wednesday trip to Theler Wetlands Wednesday with rain in the forecast for Thursday. As it turned out, it was exactly the kind of weather I should have expected before a wet front moved in.
It started out bright and sunshiny, accentuated by this little Goldfinch that greeted me at the pond:
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for clouds to move in, and by the time I got to the river it was rather overcast. I was greeted by not one, but two Belted Kingfishers, though I didn’t actually “see” the second one until today while sitting in front of my computer:
Unfortunately, by the time a fellow walker spotted this Virginia Rail, it was quite overcast and most of the pictures were underexposed because I had the shutter set on high speed to try to capture shots of the Kingfishers flying up and down the river.
Judging from past experience, though, I’m actually more apt to see the rail when it’s cloudy than when it’s sunny, frustrating though that may be.
I’m not generally fond of “butt” shots, but I was definitely intrigued by the pattern of this bird’s tail feathers.
I have a few more shots from the day that I like, but I think I’ll save them for tomorrow.