Mom and her birding buddy hit the duck jackpot on one of the little beaver ponds in the park. Beautiful sunlight (at the right angle) and a pond full of ducks. Oh, sure, there were lots of bushes and reeds and trees and stuff in the way and the ducks were on the far side of the water, but hey! It was still a beautiful sight! Here's a sampling of what they saw:
|Green-Winged Teal in front, |
Gadwall in the grasses behind him
|Gadwall out in the open|
|Mostly Green-Winged Teals|
The two at left, front are Ring-Necked Ducks
The two at right, front are Mallards
|Two Mallard Drakes and a Mallard Hen in the middle|
Mom said, in the photo above, that the Mallard on the left reminded her of "someone" who has a lot to say. Cammie giggled and they both looked at me. Hmm. Anyway - back to the pond!
|A better look at the Ring-Necked Ducks|
It was quite the happening place! There hasn't been water there for quite a while, but the beavers have been busy (as they say), and made a nice little pond for everyone!
Mom also saw a lot of tiny birds, most of whom wouldn't hold still or pose where she could get a clear shot of them. She did manage to get these two:
|American Tree Sparrow|
What Mom was also very excited about was seeing a lot of raptors - birds of prey. She didn't see any of the Bald Eagles, but here's what she did see!
The Coopers Hawk and the Harrier were in the park having some sort of territorial dispute with a couple of Crows. This morning, Mom thought it would have been a good idea to shoot some video of that. A little late on the draw, but hey, maybe next time!
On the way home, Mom pulled off the highway and got one more raptor for the day!
Isn't he beautiful!?!
Have a serene Sunday, everyone!