Sunday, November 18, 2018

Not a Pleasant Moment

I photographed before these Muscovy ducks but this time I did something wrong which made a male Muscovy duck very angry that he started to challenge me.



The ducks were on the bridge enjoying warm sunny day but soon the female duck (photo above) decided to leave the bridge.  She was brave and walked directly toward me not being concerned about my presence.  Everything was peaceful and without problems.




This guy wasn't willing to follow the same path. At first he tried to get over the bridge into the water but changed his mind.  I should leave the bridge when he decided to walk toward me but I didn't.

When the duck reached the bridge's end he was annoyed and unhappy. He approached me and didn't let me go. That was a very odd situation. I tried to chase him away with my camera but it didn't work.

Then I took off my backpack and said to the duck, that I am going to fight seriously and showed him my backpack. I didn't have any idea what I would do next. It was just a threat. And it worked, the duck looked at my backpack (it's big) and finally let me go.




The male Muscovy duck is a very beautiful and very protected of his mate.




She is also very attractive!  My guess is that these two birds are going to stay during winter at our local pond.



Friday, November 16, 2018

Very Handsome Guy



Traveled today to Willard Bay State Park for the first time.  It was deserted but a trip was worthwhile. While walking on the campground's nature trail I spotted a few birds on the tree with dry berries.

Among them was the adult White-Crowned Sparrow with his bold thick crown stripes. A very handsome guy!


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Breakfast for a Red-Winged Blackbird



These photographs were taken in late October. There weren't around many insects for the Red-Winged Blackbirds, they started to feed on the dry seeds from flowers. 

This bird takes its time choosing the right flower. 




Getting out of a flower the most delicious seed.




The seed is in the bird's bill. 

Sometimes the Red-Winged Blackbirds are eating seeds or berries. They are also feed on insects especially in summer including beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars and also spiders and snails.



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"Ah, This Goose..."






I photograph a lot of our local geese. It's kind of obsession which I can't explain or perhaps love at first sight which never fades.

Two years ago I took a photography class at our local university. At the beginning of semester my professor asked us to bring to the class photographs with motion. Not thinking for a long time I went to our local pond and took a photograph of a goose beating his wings.