Recently I made my second excursion to the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta, Michigan. The 180-acre sanctuary is home to several previously injured raptor species who have been rehabilitated, as well as a stopping point for numerous migratory waterfowl. During the several hours I spent there I was one of the few visitors, making for a much-needed day of quiet.........just the birds, my camera, and myself.
This peacock was clearly part of the welcoming committee, and followed me around the parking lot for some time. He seemed quite enamored with my camera lens, and for several minutes I thought sure he was going to start pecking at it. Eventually though, he tired of me -- possibly realizing there was no food to be had from this particular human!
Of the waterfowl species there, my favorite to photograph are the juvenile trumpeter swans. I find their rose-colored bills and the subtle grays of their feathers to be quite lovely, and they seem more oblivious to the presence of humans than the adults. When I have taken the time to simply quietly observe, I have found that swans in general strike some amazing -- and sometimes tremendously twisted -- poses.