Not Just A Duck

Four images of various specise of ducks.
Female Mallard Duck
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; SEP 2019

In a blog I follow and enjoy, Peace of Life Today, the author shared the post “Just A Duck” which contained some beautiful photos of a female Mallard. Until a few years ago, that is what they were to me. I could identify a white domestic duck and a male Mallard. I have heard people talk about a variety of ducks, but they were just some abstract concept. Then I met some new friends who were wildlife photographers. They taught me that we live in the Pacific Flyway, a migration route and wintering ground for many species of waterfowl. They, along with other birding friends, taught me about Mergansers, Golden Eye’s, Teals, and many more. The diversity and beauty of these creatures is astounding. For me, there is no such thing as just a duck anymore and I am better for it.

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Wood Duck Inspecting Possible Nest
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAR 2019
Common Merganser
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUL 2020 #Photography
Female and 2 Male Barrows Goldeneyes
Lake Natomas, American River Parkway, Gold River, CA; NOV 2019

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Errata: In my original post, I misidentified the Goldeneyes. They are Barrows Goldeneyes, not Common Goldeneyes.

Some Birds from Florida

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

I am sharing a few bird pictures that I haven’t posted from our Florida trip in February.

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Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)
Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)
Port Saint Lucie, FL; FEB 2020
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)
Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)
Fishing Pier, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020

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Cute Chicks – Part 1

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) with Goslings
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020

I am presenting the first of 2 parts entitled Cute Chicks. This part will present some local waterfowl.

One of the images is entitled Huddled Sord of Baby Mallards. I learned that a group of Mallards in flight is called a flock or sometimes a flight. Mallards on the ground are called a SORD. If the name sounds weird, it is because it appears to have no other uses.

Female Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos) with Ducklings
Mississippi Bar, American River Parkway, Orangevale, CA; MAY 2020
Mute Swans (Cygnus Olor) with Young
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020
Wood Ducks (Aix sponsa) with Ducklings
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) with Young
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; MAY 2020
Huddled Sord of Baby Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)
Sailor Bar, American River Parkway, Fair Oaks, CA; MAY 2020
Juvenile Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)
Mather Lake Regional Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2020

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Waterfowl and Shorebirds

Canada Geeese (Branta canadensis) on a Beaver Lodge
Landing, Grand Teton National Park, WY; MAY 2019

Here are a few more birds, mostly from this year’s collection, for you to enjoy.

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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Point Lobos State Park, Monteray, CA; May 2016
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Missouri River Headwaters State Park, Three Forks, MT; MAY 2019
American Coot (Fulica americana)
Wm Pond Park, Sacramento, CA; Mar 2019
Juvenile Canada Goose (Branta canadensis);
Mather Park, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2019
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) and Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento, CA; JUN 2019

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More Common Views from Sacramento and Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Snow Geese
Snow Geese, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, JAN 2018

A few days ago, I shared some images of the less common sightings at these 2 major refuges on the Pacific Flyway. But, the usual suspects were there also. Today, I will share a few images from this set.

Regards,

Larry

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Western Pond Turtle
Western Pond Turtle, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

Western Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018 

Whte Fronted Goose
White Fronted Geese, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

American Wigeon
American Wigeon, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

An American Coot in High Key
American Coot in High Key, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

Killdeer
Killdeer, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge; JAN 2018

 

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Pintail Duck

Pintail Duck
Pintail Duck, Cosumnes River Preserve, Sacramento, CA DEC 2015

We are very lucky to be near the delta that flows into San Francisco Bay because it attracts many beautiful migrating birds in the winter. One of the birds that makes California’s Pacific Flyway their home is the Pintail Duck. I shot this image of a beautiful pintail Sunday morning, DEC 27, 2015.