D is for DUCKS!
I have been tending to a very bad knee the past week or so and have not been able to get out and shoot for this project. Managed to get out briefly this morning and i think you will like the results!
As you know from previous posts, Huntington Beach State Park is not far from the house and provides a plethora of photographic opportunities. All week as I was “nursing” my knee, I watched with jealousy as photographer friends were having fun shooting ducks and pelicans and swans and sunsets and eagles. I made a quick and only slightly painful trip to the park this morning and was greeted by Redhead Ducks, Hooded Mergansers and Bufflehead ducks. The Buffleheads alluded my camera but I did get a few shots that you can see below. I have included some “duck facts” to go along with them. Hope you enjoy!
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The hooded merganser (seen above) is the smallest of the three merganser species occurring in North America. Male hooded mergansers have a large white crest surrounded by black. The top of the head, neck and back are all black, and the chest, breast and belly are white. Wavy black lines can be seen on the tawny sides and flanks. The hindback, rump and tail are dark brown. The long, narrow, serrated bill is black. The iris is bright yellow and the legs and feet are dull yellow. Female hooded mergansers have a gray-brown head and neck with a reddish-brown crest. Gray pervades their neck, chest, sides and flanks, and brownish-black dominates their back, rump and tail. The upper bill is black-edged with orange and the lower bill is yellow. The legs and feet are greenish in color and the iris is brown.
The two images above are Redhead Ducks. Male redheads have a reddish head and upper neck with a black lower neck, foreback and breast. The remaining back is a dark grayish color. The hind back and tail are brownish-black. A broad band of light gray extends across the dusky gray wing and out onto the primaries, which helps distinguish it from scaup. The legs and feet are gray, and the bill is light blue-gray with a whitish band behind a relatively wide black tip. The male call resembles the “meow” of a cat. Female redheads have a reddish-brown head, neck and breast, with a buff white chin and throat and an indistinct eye ring and stripe behind the eye. The flanks are warm brown, contrasting little with the breast, but with buffer fringes. The upper parts are darker and duller brown, with the upper-wing-coverts browner than on the male; otherwise the wing is similar to that of the male. The bill is duller than the male’s, but similar in pattern.
OK, “E” is next – stay tuned!