I had a little time to go walking on the Dutchess Rail Trail in Hopewell Junction, so I figured I would head out to Lake Walton to see if I could find any migrating ducks. I got way more than I anticipated, which is just the way I like my outdoor excursions.
Before I even got to the lake, I found a female hooded merganser in a small pond and my first ever pine warbler along the trail. Before I got to my destination, I was already completely happy with my day!
When I got to Lake Walton, I spotted a mute swan, canada geese, some double-crested cormorants and several ring-necked ducks. When I found a decent spot to photograph the ring-necked ducks, I had an osprey fly about 15 feet above me! What a surprise! I barely had time to react to that when I had a beaver swim right past me too!. I tried my best to photograph everything, but as it neared 7 pm, my light was just about gone.
You can see what I was able to get below. Enjoy!
Photos from Lake Walton (click photos to enlarge)