Migration at Oak Hammock Marsh

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Yves Langlois

A great documentary shot Debra. The narative is great too. Agree with Harold = the sky was needed. The line of tall grasses is terrific - my marsh doesn't grow them so big. Big foreground grass is perfect for the perspective. Love those shot with lots of inhabitants.

Debra Plett

Thank you Yves for your comments always appreciated. I know you like the marshes as well. The foreground grass is all new this year from the lowering of the water for their marsh management program.

Harold Fleming

Beautiful soft greens against the blues and the brown on the grasses at the rear make a nice backdrop for the water. A nice mix of stillness and movement in the birds. I like the fact that you added the blue sky at the back but that you kept it at a minimum.

Debra Plett

Thanks Harold for your feedback. Interesting you should say that about the sky, nice to know. I was wishing that I hadn’t cutoff the top of the tree and included a little more sky and a little less foreground grasses.

Heather Mellon

Gorgeous blue water, it literally shines in contrast to the tall grasses that surround it. The geese in the foreground draw the eye into the scene so nicely here and it already looks like a hub of activity. You captured a lot of excellent detail on the birds in the water and in flight. A very beautiful and interesting image, Debra, and I appreciate the narrative!

Debra Plett

Thank you Heather feedback is appreciated. For any bird photographers this is the place to visit until the end of October.


Wo you got the fammly good detaling in it

Debra Plett

Thanks Jeff, yes there is many may Geese passing through the marsh.

The marsh is starting to get busy with all types of birds that are migrating south for the winter. The marsh will be extremely busy until the end of October with migrating birds. In this picture the sun is about 1/2 an hour from setting and the Geese are starting to fly in from the fields to sleep for the evening. There was thousands upon thousands of black birds and starlings mingling amongst the Canada Geese and Yellowlegs. I thought the water level had dropped due to the draught conditions this summer in Manitoba. However, we were told that it was part of their marsh management program to help the new growth of bullrushes and other marsh grasses this summer.
Taken By
Debra Plett
Taken On
September 17, 2021
canada geese yellowlegs blackbirds starlings oak hammock marsh grass plant bird animal lawn waterfowl land outdoors nature vegetation
  • Focal: 135
  • Lens Model: Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II (SAL70400G2)
  • Shutter speed: 0.001 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 10

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