It has been over two months since my last visit in the Green Island Wetlands, down south where the Maquoketa River meets the mighty Mississippi, but last weekend I finally was able to get back to this location, which is a favorite since a long time. This is not prime season for a wildlife photographer in this area. Duck hunting season has opened and the gravel road on top of a levee that goes through the actual wildlife refuge is closed, which itself is a good thing. However, all together it limits the chances to make a good click for those who hunt with the camera in hand. As you can imagine there wasn’t a single piece of waterfowl on the water but with a little patience and open eyes you still can find photo opportunities. Beside pelicans, eagles, egrets, herons, and swallows I saw at least two warblers and this Eastern Wood-Pewee. I cropped the image a little bit because there was a body of water between me and the bird and getting closer was not an option. Pretty soon this flycatcher will migrate to the northern part of South America.

Nikon D750, Sigma 150-600mm / f5-6.3 DG OS HSM S, @ 600 mm (DX mode), 1/80 s, f/6.3, ISO200