North Pond Nature Sanctuary

North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisGreat service, better viewLincoln Park, Chicago, IllinoisLincoln ParkChicago, IllinoisA kestrel perched in a low hanging tree allowed me to get close for some portraits. I always find these birds very difficult to photograph as they...North Pond Nature Sanctuary, Chicago, IllinoisNorth Pond Nature SanctuaryChicago, IllinoisHazy Days.Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IllinoisPeggy Notebaert Nature MuseumChicago, IllinoisChicago’s explosion of urban growth at this time ground away the natural landscape and local flora and fauna, making it easy for residents to lose...Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, IllinoisPeggy Notebaert Nature MuseumChicago, IllinoisOn the most awful of winter days, the butterfly room at the nature museum is just right to lift my heartNorth Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA green heron that was up high in a tree. I rarely see them up this high so I watched it for a few minutes until a coopers hawk flew past and it...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA male red breasted merganser swimming directly towards me that would occasionally dive down under water for a couple of minutes searching for food.North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisRed breasted merganser the second he was coming up from under water. Since he was diving in shallow water I could predict where he would come up...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA juvenile male wood duck in perfect early morning sunlight. I always love the colors of wood ducks who might be some of the most colorful birds in...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA male hooded merganser with a very odd looking little fish. It was almost a cross between an eel and a fish. I rarely get to see hooded mergansers...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisI thought of my friend William Jones when I spotted 3 of these birds fishing in the pond. This one was at the bottom of a willow tree hunting for...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA trio of juvenile wood ducks. When they are born these are some of the smallest ducks that would easily fit in the palm of your hand. These are...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA pair of Northern Shovelers in breeding plumage. These are handsome ducks that pass though in the Spring and Fall. These normally skittish birds...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA pair of male wood ducks that were battling over a female. They are so colorful in the spring. I am so lucky to have a place where you can get...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA caspian tern that had just dove under water looking for a fish with no luck. These birds are fast and agile so it was very difficult to get...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisFOY Green Heron. On this day I spotted 2 of these beautiful birds skulking around the pond. These birds always give me hope that migration is right...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA male wood duck that was very tolerant of my presence. These are some of the most colorful birds in North America.North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA male goldfinch with 2 little ones to feed.North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisGreen Heron flipping a minnow in its mouth with a nice reflection. This was target practice for a half hour as the bird caught at least 8 minnows...North Pond, Chicago, IllinoisNorth PondChicago, IllinoisA family of wood ducks out for a swim on Fathers Day. Male wood ducks are not involved in raising the young.
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