View 313: Ice Bird

On a very un-winter like day, I visited the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York and received free admission with my Zoo Photo Contest coupon. With temperatures reaching the mid-fifties, there was little to no snow to use for backgrounds.  The duck pond still had lots of ice.  It is where I found this fella trying not to slip as he made his way to the open water.

A male Smew (Mergellus albellus) slipping on the ice at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

A male Smew (Mergellus albellus) slipping on the ice at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 280, EV 0.6, 400mm focal length, cropped.

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8 Responses to View 313: Ice Bird

  1. Dawn says:

    What a fun image and not a view you expect to catch. Good luck with the entry to the contest.

  2. Marcia Schwartz says:

    You mean…when we get more snow….right???

  3. Gerry says:

    Ohhhh – ha ha ha – that looks exactly like me ice-skating across the road to the mailbox. Thank you for the chuckle.

  4. Karma says:

    What’s new with smew? Sorry couldn’t help myself! Cute picture!

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