I could tell several stories with the photos I made today but I like to start with the the most exciting one. I was heading north today to dam #9 in the Mississippi River, located between Harpers Ferry and Lansing, IA. The area north of the dam is a bird refuge for most of the year and it came to no surprise to see hundreds of coots and ducks there. 

A walk on the levee towards the dam led to another first sighting for me. While focussing on another bird (may talk about it another day) I suddenly heard a high-pitched “tsee-tsee-tsee” call and discovered two tiny birds that I knew so far only from my bird books. The Golden-crowned Kinglet is easy to identify, but with the speed they move along the tree branches while looking for small insects, getting a sharp image was quite a challenge.

All images: Nikon D750, Sigma 150-600mm / f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens, tripod, Induro GHB2 gimbal head