Nature,  Wildlife

Photographing Wood Ducks in the Fall at North Chagrin Reservation, Ohio

North Chagrin Reservation is a 2,000 acre park located in the Ohio communities of Mayfield Village, Gates Mills and Willoughby Hills.  The park has miles of trails, lakes, rivers, and a golf course.

Wood Duck in the Autumn Colors

But for nature photographers, North Chagrin Reservation is known for photographing wood ducks and other waterfowl in the reflection of the fall colors.  Sunset pond located by the North Chagrin Nature Center is surrounded by a hardwood trees that reflect the fall colors onto the surface of the pond.

The pond is usually inhabited by Wood Ducks, Mallards, Great Blue Herons, Pied-Billed Grebes, and other bird species. 

Mid to late October is normally a good time to visit North Chagrin Reservation to photograph the ducks and other waterfowl reflected in the warm autumn colors.  Of course, the dates for peak colors vary each year.

Pied-Billed Grebe in the Autumn Colors

Also, try to get as low to the ground as possible to get a better perspective when photographing the waterfowl in the water.

The trails around North Chagrin Reservation are also a good place to photograph for wildflowers in the spring.  I’ve photographed quite a few wildflowers on the trails near Sunset Pond.

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