All Horicon

Today’s post is not so much about Horicon Marsh NWR, but showing a few pictures that happened to all made at there.  Horicon Marsh NWR, Wisconsin is truly a special place. It has enriched my life from my experiences, and enriched my pockets from the pictures I have made there. These are not my best from Horicon, but each and every one provides a memory.

One of my favorite times in March/April, is when the Wilson’s Snipe return. You can find them in the fields and in marshy areas. I enjoyed these snipes one morning alongside a gravel road in Horicon.Hbb 162

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Muskrats can be found in many locations, but Horicon affords the photographer plenty of opportunities to get up close. I received much enjoyment from watching this one, and even more from taking its picture.H80b 032

Horicon is a great place for nesting Blue-winged Teal. This one was likely born right at the marsh earlier that year.Hdd 157

The area in and around Horicon is a truly awesome for Sandhill Cranes. Much of your photography is done in the farm fields that surround the marsh but ultimately, mating pairs spend a lot of time in the marsh itself. I visited this couple over a two-week period.H80c 190

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Stock photographers need photos that show animals in their natural habitat. Horicon works well for thisHc1 111

One of the joys of places like this are the abundance of immature birds you have to work with. This is where I often came to make images of young birds for my stock files. The Pied-billed Grebe is one of the most common, and easiest to photograph.HorD 127ABC

Oh those eyes! We see another immature bird (Black-crowned Night Heron), up close and personal. Young BCNHs rarely know to keep their distance.Hc5 091ABC

Of course new babies are abundant here as well. We have an American Coot with her rather clown-like baby.HorB 198

Horicon is a fine place for stock photographers who need shots with multiple species. We have a bevy of coots and one lone Great Egret in this image.HorSept 113

I have passed away many an hour, sitting in my car, or standing with my tripod, along Hwy 49 in Horicon Marsh. One of my favorite things to do was watch (and photograph) Double-crested Cormorants as they perch and dry their wings on various branches and limbs.


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You will find other posts dedicated to Horicon on this blog. In many cases you will find landscapes, insects, frogs, more mammals and many more birds on those pages.

I hope you enjoyed your brief trip to Horicon,                                                                             Wayne




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