Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bufflehead duck and Canada goose

While walking around the reservoir, we saw several Canada Geese. I love this picture, with the light and the pretty reflection.

We also saw this beautiful Bufflehead Duck. He did not spend much time on the surface, he dove a lot, and stayed down for a long time each dive.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mallards and Turtles at Central Park

I went to the duck pond and was there during what I call the Time of Magical Light. For just a few minutes on very special days, the light hits the pond and whatever is on it and gives it a feeling of magic.
The first picture shows the magical light on drops of water the duck just stirred up in a splash fest.

The second picture is a male mallard with the magical light shining on the leaves on the pond around him, and on his trail in the water, giving him a silvery wake.

The third picture is a close up of a female mallard enjoying the sun.

The fourth picture is of a turtle catching the precious magical light.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hawk Eating Squirrel in Central Park

I went to the turtle pond in Central Park, and on the way out, saw a crowd of people looking at something. Being quite a good bird spotter, I stood looking in the direction they were all looking for quite some time, then eventually noticed this beautiful hawk. With a squirrel. In the last picture, the hawk is just hopping from one part of the branch to another, apparently more choice, part. Amazing!