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HARDY DUCK (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Mallard in Snow

It’s been a long cold winter. The snow drifts are high beside the river. Mallards congregate here because this portion of the river is fast moving and doesn’t freeze. As we approached the river’s edge we fell in behind a man carrying a huge sack of cracked corn for the ducks. We stood back as the ducks mobbed the man. As we were leaving I saw this mallard a ways from the crowd and took this shot.

Mallard in Snow-2


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RING-BILLED GULL

GULLThe Ring-billed gull is the most common gull in North America and like many birds migrates south in the winter. I took this photograph in November. It was nice to see the bird in a natural setting as they often congregate in city parking lots. It perched on the log for quite a while where I could appreciate its good looks, something I had never really noticed before.


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A SURE SIGN

GOSLING

It’ll be a while before we see goslings or any other signs of spring.  Looking through my catalogues I came across this photo, I took it on a June day a few summers ago.  This gosling strayed a little from its parent and gave me this measured look.


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SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

woodduck

This young wood duck took her time before she glided back into the water.  Most of the ducks remain together in groups, so it’s always nice to find one on it’s own enjoying a quiet moment.  This lake has many fallen trees that provide comfortable perches for passing ducks and turtles along with great photo opportunities.

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NORTHERN CARDINAL

cardinal

Although I took this photo in October the background suggests summer. The bird appears to be molting, another hint that the season was moving along. No matter the time of year, or less than perfect plumage, cardinals are always a delight.


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SOLO GOOSE (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

Shortly after this photo was taken late last March, the snow melted and spring returned. Canada Geese migrate south in winter and this goose had returned a little too early to find much to eat. Kind folk always bridge the gap and soon he was joined by returning mates.


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DOWNY WOODPECKER

I heard her before I saw this downy woodpecker. She was drilling away for insects as I was walking by. As is often the case, you will hear a bird before you see it. Unlike her male counterpart which has a small red cap, the female downy does not but other than that they look pretty much alike.