|Male Buffle-head. Female Buffle-head opposite.|
Both the Buffle-heads and the Ring-necked ducks shown below are real finds because the distribution map shows them to the north of me . Likely they're here because of the regenerated forest with its food sources. I think also contributing to my expanding wildlife lineup is knowing where to find them. What trails have what food and water sources and when. This is applicable to all the wildlife. As well, my forest savy is improving. For instance the other day I passed two sets of people with dogs who told me not much was around. I got shots of a river beaver, otters in a wetland,and a close up of a Ruffled Grouse. That doesn't mean Boom and I have turned into Grizzly Adams!! At least not yet.
The Wood Ducks which are really colourful were mainly in the new wetlands. The trail is raised and runs in a circle so eventually you end up close to them, and the cat tails form a natural blind. Still they're not at all habituated and will take off at the least sound or movement. They're not at all urban pond ducks.
|Male Wood Duck Here and above and in flight.|
The next two are Blue-winged Teals.The colour in their wing feathes is an incredible blue. You can see it most vividly in the third photo, as well as in the pair flying in tandem
The Cormorants shouldn't be in with the ducks, but since they're another first for me, I've included them in the post. These compilations of types of birds gives me a record of what I've seen and learned to identify, although mostly with the help of others. It means, I hope, that I don't have to learn it all over again. A Post to WBW @ http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/
|Cormorant In Flight.|