Friday, November 2, 2012

Views From the Water's Edge

Below are a series of photographs taken from the water's edge of beautiful Lake Michigan and scenic North Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

A colorful Wood Duck wades in cool pond waters

A secretive Sora makes its way along a submerged branch

On the hunt ~ Green Heron

Cinnamon Surprise! Cinnamon Teals are not often seen in Chicago, but I was fortunate to view this red-eyed duck at North Pond last year

A stunning American Kestrel scans the beach for prey

A pretty Dulin gets doused by Lake Michigan Waters

Floating lazily in North Pond ~ Male Hooded Merganser

Standing in the shallows of Lake Michigan ~ Peregrine Falcon

Black-crowned Night Herons are a common sight at North Pond

One of several busy Horned Larks seen foraging at the beach

A lone Semipalmated Plover scans the shoreline for tasty treats

A striking Blue-winged Teal dabbles in the calm, cool pond

A brief glimpse of a beautiful Virginia Rail

A handsome Killdeer enjoys a sunny day at Montrose Beach

Afloat in the pond ~ Pied-billed Grebe

Posted by Julie A. Gidwitz


  1. Awesome collection of images, Julie! Impossible to rank; they are all beautiful, but my favorite is probably the last one, the Pied-billed Grebe.

  2. A wonderful series of images Julie, I can't pick a favorite!

  3. beautiful one and all, and my favourite "I think" is the killdeer - such a strange name though?

  4. What a great collection of images! The reflection of the wood duck is amazing and I have no idea how you got so close to the rail or grebe - just beautiful shots. And I love North Pond - when we lived down there we used to walk through there every day. Thanks for a fun trip down memory lane!

  5. Woah! Top drawer images Julie, really spectacular stuff! I think that skulking Sora is my favorite, but it's hard to pick.

  6. Wow Julie, these are all such beautiful photos! I love the sweet, little Pied-billed Grebe, the fierce looking Peregrine Falcon, and magnificently colored Wood Duck!

  7. Wow, all I can say is Wow, these are all absolutely marvelous images, really love them all~

  8. The first one almost looks like a painting

  9. It is always a joy to see your photography Julie, wonderful collection of birds and detail.

  10. Awesome post, julie! The birds are wonderful. Some of my favorite were the Sora and Rail.

  11. I always love your beautiful bird photography Julie. Inspiring!

  12. Gorgeous shots, Julie! Love the last shot of the Grebe.

  13. Awesome shots, Julie! Especially like the wading peregrine :o)

  14. Wow. Fantastic. Love them all. Especially the Sora and Virginia Rail.