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Bufflehead Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Waterfowl in general are extremely difficult to get close to in South Dakota. They're extremely wary, and typically flush long before you get within photo range. The vast majority of the waterfowl photos out on my website were taken from some kind of blind, be it my chair blind that I sometimes plop down on a shoreline and wait for birds to come by, or very often, just using my car as a blind.  However, at Dewey Gevik Nature Area, there's a wonderful permanent blind that sticks out into a large wetland complex, complete with slots with windows that flip up so you can see out and take photos. In the spring, it's an absolutely fantastic place to get close photos of waterfowl.  Bufflehead are perhaps one of the less shy waterfowl in the state (although it's all relative), but still...there's little chance I could have gotten a photo like this without the use of some kind of blind. This was on a wonderful, calm, sunny morning at Dewey Gevik just after dawn. It's not only one of my favorite Bufflehead photos, it's one of my favorite photos of all time, with the warm morning light keeping contrast down enough that I could maintain some detail in both the blacks and whites, and get some of that gorgeous iridescence to show up. Taken on April 4th, 2015.

Bufflehead 13 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 1 - Bucephala albeola Bufflehead 2 - Bucephala albeola  Bufflehead 3 - Bucephala albeola  Bufflehead 4 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 1

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 2

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 3

December 18th, 2008
Sutro Baths, San Francisco, California

Bufflehead 4

December 18th, 2008
Sutro Baths, San Francisco, California

Bufflehead 5 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 6 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 7 - Bucephala albeola 

 Bufflehead 8 - Bucephala albeola

Bufflehead 5

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 6

December 18th, 2008
Sutro Baths, San Francisco, California

Bufflehead 7

December 18th, 2008
Sutro Baths, San Francisco, California

Bufflehead 8

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 9 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 10 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 11 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 12 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 9

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 10

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 11

April 11th, 2010
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 12

April 1st, 2012
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 13 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 14 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 15 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 16 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 13

April 4th, 2015
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 14

April 4th, 2015
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 15

April 4th, 2015
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 16

April 4th, 2015
Dewey Gevik Nature Area, South Dakota

Bufflehead 17 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 18 - Bucephala albeola 

Bufflehead 19 - Bucephala albeola 

 

Bufflehead 17

April 4th, 2015
Dewey Gevik Nature

Bufflehead 18

March 29th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Bufflehead 19

March 29th, 2020
Minnehaha County, South Dakota
 

Click here for the species description page for the Bufflehead.


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