I took the male’s portrait and then his mate joined the frame. I think mallards are the comedians of the duck world.
I usually see grackles near water or in trees, so I was surprised to see this bird walking along in the grass. I know people with bird feeders tend to dislike grackles as they will bully the other birds. I like them though and admire their keen eye and good looks (they also keep the insect population down).
I’ve noticed lately that quite a few of my comments on other people’s blogs aren’t being received. https://wordsfromanneli.com/ mentioned that she found one of mine in her SPAM folder. I just checked my folder and there are comments sent to me that I hadn’t seen so hadn’t replied to.
It might be an idea to check your SPAM folder (and that tin of suspicious luncheon meat in the back of your cupboard 🙂 ). You never know what you might find.
Ottawa’s Centretown neighbourhood is a mix of the old and new. A lot of old houses and apartments have avoided the wrecker’s ball and are a source of much of my photography. The garden in the first photo is one I return to throughout the warmer months, I like its untended look. The elements in the balcony garden look carefully chosen, a little oasis in the city.