January 22, 2015

When I arrived at Nathan Krestul Park after work, an Osprey was high up in a tree, picking away at a fish.  A quartet of Mallards paddled in formation.  In the “Mallard Quartet” picture below, there’s a hint of the iridescent purple-blue of the speculum feathers.  Several Hooded Mergansers were also on the water, but were far more skittish than the Mallards.  No sign of the Pied-billed Grebes.  The Palm Warblers stayed low in the field and in the brush.  The Eastern Bluebirds stayed high in the trees.  I heard a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Belted Kingfisher, but spotted neither.  Overhead were Turkey Vultures and Navy jets.  As I was heading home, a Great Egret flew in, looking for a meal at low tide.

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Mallards

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Hooded Mergansers

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Mallard Quartet