This picture was nearly a picture of the ground, sky, a tree and my foot.
Claira and I were walking along Coal Creek in Lafayette. I saw the ducks up ahead and was prepared to get a picture. I was hoping to get something with them flying. I didn’t know that Claira was going to help out.
As we got close enough to take a picture, Claira saw them and tried to chase them. Her leash is around my wrist. I don’t know what Claira’s top speed is but she get’s most of it in the length of a 6 foot leash. Luckily, I keep the camera strap around my neck most of the time so I didn’t drop it. And Claira quickly figured she wasn’t going to drag me very far.
Anyway, I got several pictures I like. Enjoy!
The ducks figured out that Claira was no threat and just settled back to the creek.
This mallard must have thought I had some food. He did a slow tour by me and even showed me a little leg. 😉
Goldeneye – queue the Jame’s Bond Music!
Again, what is so common about this guy? From a distance, the markings on his bill remind me of a cartoon where a duck had postage on his bill. Maybe it’s just me.
This guy was also at the wildlife habitat in Boulder. I haven’t seen one of these ducks anywhere else. Apparently common means something else somewhere else.
To me, the merganser is not very common. I don’t recall ever seeing one before and haven’t seen any since. This fellow was diving for some food in a wildlife habitat in Boulder. I used the Big Gun to get a close enough shot (without trespassing).
I had to do a web search to find out what kind of duck this is. Not common at all.
This guy and a few of his friends were found at the Two Ponds NWR. So, there is some wildlife here. But, he wasn’t at either of the two ponds (and their website says there are actually 3 ponds). Those ponds were frozen over. This guy was paddling around in the irrigation ditch.
It may only be a ditch, but its home. And looks quite lovely if you hide all the ditchiness. 😉
This picture was taken on a walk along the Blue River in Breckenridge. Fresh snow had fallen the day before. The overcast day made the water very silvery.
At top, is an enlargement of the female duck from the same picture.