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February 9, 2013 / Rae Spencer

Back Bay, Part Three

Back Bay View Feb 6

A final set of photos from Wednesday’s walk at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

Back Bay View Feb 6

Back Bay View Feb 6

Back Bay View Feb 6

Back Bay View Feb 6

Back Bay View Feb 6

A rich variety of wildlife makes every visit a fascinating new adventure.

Warbler Feb 6

Turtle Feb 6

Turtle Feb 6

Back Bay View Feb 6

Coot Feb 6

Coot Feb 6

Ducks Feb 6

Ducks Feb 6

Ducks Feb 6

(The ducks pictured above are a new species for me, and I would love a little help identifying them. Are they Gadwalls?)

Merganser Feb 6

Merganser Feb 6

As much as I enjoyed taking these photos, I regret that I missed the deer.

Tracks Feb 6

And I’m aching to know who left the following tracks on a patch of sand near the trail.

Tracks Feb 6

There were two sets of tracks, side-by-side, moving in the same direction. The footprints were slightly smudged, but the tail-drag marks were clear enough. What do you think? Did I miss otters? Or are the tracks more lizard-like?

I can’t resist a mystery, and I would love to add deer photos to the archive. I’m already planning my next walk…

6 Comments

  1. Gillian / Feb 9 2013 6:31 PM

    They look like Gadwalls, but the angle isn’t the greatest. Look for the white wing patches…they are unique among our dabbling ducks (mallards have blue wing patches).

    I can’t help you with tracks….but that is some trail drag!

    • Rae Spencer / Feb 9 2013 11:02 PM

      Thanks for the hint about wing patches. The unknown ducks swam away at an impressive pace, so I didn’t get a very good look at them, or a very good photo. 😦 Maybe next time I’ll have better luck!

  2. Sara Lier / Feb 10 2013 11:13 AM

    I’m so glad I can experience nature vicariously through photographers like you! I miss walks like this. (I’m gonna guess beaver tracks in the last photo.)

    • Rae Spencer / Feb 14 2013 9:15 PM

      I hadn’t considered beaver. Now I need to find some photos of beaver tracks, for comparison…

  3. Random Acts of Writing / Feb 11 2013 1:58 PM

    How BIG is that turtle?

    • Rae Spencer / Feb 14 2013 9:11 PM

      Neither turtle was as big as the photos make them seem, but they were big enough to explain why the ducks were avoiding their ponds. My toes ache just thinking about it!

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