Wood Duck Shimmer

Iridescent rainbows on the feathers of this female wood duck at the Beaver Marsh / Ira Road Trailhead. Also, male wood duck close-up.

Female Wood Duck / CVNP Ira Road Beaver Marsh / 2024-03-24
Male Wood Duck / CVNP Ira Road Beaver Marsh / 2024-03-24

Alderfer-Chatfield Butterfly Roundup

A morning walk through the Alderfer-Chatfield Nature Preserve turned up a huge number of butterfly sightings…

Pearl Crescent / Alderfer-Chatfield Nature Preserve / 2023-08-13
Tiger Swallowtail / Alderfer-Chatfield Nature Preserve / 2023-08-13
Tiger Swallowtail – Dark Form / Alderfer-Chatfield Nature Preserve / 2023-08-13
Red-spotted Purple / Alderfer-Chatfield Nature Preserve / 2023-08-13
Tiger Swallowtail – Dark Form / Alderfer-Chatfield Nature Preserve / 2023-08-13
Question Mark / Alderfer-Chatfield Nature Preserve / 2023-08-13
Hobomok Skipper / Alderfer-Chatfield Nature Preserve / 2023-08-13
Least Skipper / Alderfer-Chatfield Nature Preserve / 2023-08-13
Monarch / Alderfer-Chatfield Nature Preserve / 2023-08-13

Limpkin

A rarity outside of Florida, this bird was spotted at Knopf Family Reservation and created quite a stir in the Ohio birding scene. I was walking the trail and a local woman asked me if I was looking for the Limpkin. I said “yes.” She said, “It’s down this path, you cant miss it, there are a bunch of them.” And I was like, “A bunch of Limpkins!?” and she laughed and replied, “No, photographers!”

Waterfall Adventure

We heard rumors of a “secret” waterfall that was only accessible to those with a strong sense of adventure and a willingness to get wet. As it turns out, the rumors are true.

Step One: climb over an old dam
Step Two: hike up a raging creek bed
Step Three: find the waterfall!
Step Four: walk right up underneath of it