Monday, December 3, 2012

Duck Fights and a Swan

Its been so nice.  I feel it should not be 60 degrees on December 1st, but it is so darn pleasant that it is!  So, when its unseasonably warm that just means its pretty much required that you get out and enjoy it to the fullest.  Who knows.  It could be snowy again any minute. 
We've been to walk at Riverfront Park both the last weekends .  Its just lovely.  The ponds are frozen over, but just melted enough that the waterfowl are all over.  The Canada geese were walking from one melted swimming hole to the next, but kept crashing through the thin ice up to their bellies over and over and over again.  It was pretty hilarious.  I laughed...and felt a little bad for laughing at them.  They seemed shocked each time they fell through.  The sunshine takes away any chill from the moist air along the banks of the pond and the birds were thick in the trees. 

We saw some ducks really going after each other--ripping out feathers and thrashing about with much racket.   It was really something.   In the middle photo you can even see where a chunk of feathers is missing on the one bird's neck!  I don't know what started it, but someone was not happy!
 
 
And we saw our first wild swan--a tundra swan.  It was a rather brief sighting as a gaggle of Canada geese took off and prompted it it into taking off as well just as we arrived in the vicinity.  I saw it running across the surface of the water.  It was huge and white and so rather hard to miss.  It was so big!  Then up and away, circling over once, and it was gone.    So lovely.
 
 
Bird Sightings:
Bald Eagle

American Coot
Dark Eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
American Robin
Northern Flicker
American Crow

Canada Goose
Mallard Duck
Ring-Billed Gull
House Finch
House Sparrow
Tundra Swan

6 comments:

  1. AMAZING! Such a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the wildlife.

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    1. Oh, it it on of my most favorite places! And we see new things (plants, rocks, birds) every single time we go. You and Scott would love it, too, I am sure.

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    1. It really was amazing! I was glad I caught the take-off, too, as that was equally awesome.

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  3. The next to the last picture on the post is just amazing. I like the dark and colorless trees, so barren contrasted to the white swan in motion. A couple of analogies are floating around my head.

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    1. Thanks! I was so glad that some I snapped captured the swan at all decently. I was mostly looking at it with my eyes which can make the photo-taking less than stellar. These three seemed a good capture though. You're right about that middle one. It seems to have the best motion and contrast.

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