Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pond Life

If you have never seen an Osprey dive for a fish, you owe it to yourself to find one and watch it. Birds do not waste energy, so if you see one flying, it is a good bet it is looking for a fish. Sometimes they snatch a fish without getting wet and other times they make quite a splash.

I would not normally have taken a photograph of a Great Blue Heron doing nothing, but I was enamored by the way the sunlight was falling on the pond. Unlike Green Herons, Great Blue Herons seem to have much more patience for thoroughly working a spot before moving on to another.

I thought the Wood Duck mothers would stay with their chicks until they were able to fly on their own, but apparently that is not true. I have been seeing a lot of chicks with no parents in sight. They slip in and out of the spadderdock and are, for the most part, hard to spot.

Somehow, male Mallards have raised bachelorhood to an art form. More than any other duck, they seem perfectly happy to be alone or in groups of male-only boy's clubs. On several trips, I kept seeing this male in almost the same spot. Notice how he is talking to himself.

This relatively nondescript bird is a female Red-winged Blackbird. They are one of the few birds that will land on the stems of the spadderdock and search for bugs. Sometimes they look like they are on a carnival ride when they land on the leaves which give out under their weight or fold over. I liked the way the background was rendered abstract in this image.

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