April 24, 2017 Malhuer NWR, Oregon

Abandoned Ranch
Abandoned Ranch

More From Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge

Ruddy Drake
Ruddy Drake

Always get a kick out of the male Ruddy Duck and his sky blue bill during breeding season.

Redhead Pair
Redhead Pair
Redheads Takeoff
Redheads Takeoff

Plenty of ducks encountered this week while driving through the refuge and was able to get a few decent flight shots when there was enough light, lots of overcast mornings.

Ring-neck Drake Takeoff
Ring-neck Drake Takeoff
Mallard Drake in Flight
Mallard Drake in Flight
Gadwall Takeoff
Gadwall Takeoff
Cinnamon Teal Pair
Cinnamon Teal Pair

This pair of Cinnamon Teal have been found on this spot every day this week, so I assume she is sitting on some eggs.

Cinnamon Teal Drake
Cinnamon Teal Drake
Avocets
Avocets

American Avocets hunting along the flooded fields.

Long-billed Curlew
Long-billed Curlew
Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

This Sandhill was one of several pairs out hunting the flooded cow pastures along the highway.

Ferruginous Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk

A completely drenched Ferruginous hawk manning his roadside hunting perch during one of this week’s showers.

Ferruginous Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk

The look says it all, he doesn’t care for this weather any more than I do.

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February 27, 2014 New Orleans

 

 

Wood duck in flight
Wood duck in flight

At Long Last Some Sun…and Wood Ducks

Woke up to chilly temps and clear skies, finally a break from the rain. As I headed out of the park very early this morning, I thought I saw some wood ducks feeding in the shallows of one of the canals along the park entrance road. Since I have unsuccessfully been trying to get a shot of these guys for more than two years, I looked for a spot where I could find some cover to wait for them to come within range. I walked along the edge of the woods, actually after days of heavy rain, it was more like I waded along the edge of the woods, to a spot where I was mostly concealed from their view and waited.

Geesh, these guys are wary, the second I moved the tripod, even though I thought I was out of their line of sight, off they went. I was able to get a couple useable shots, though not what I hoped I might get. If it’s not raining, I’ll be here to try again tomorrow.

Wood duck in flight
Wood duck in flight
Wood duck in flight
Wood duck in flight

 

 

 

 

 

Not wanting to waste a nice day, I continued out of the park and figured I would just wander and look for back roads and wetlands, not terribly hard to find around this part of the country.

Redhead Pair resting
Redhead Pair resting

I stumbled on a farmer’s pond on a back road west of New Orleans and got this shot of a pair of ¬†Redheads and some unidentified, but darn colorful rooster.

A shady rooster
A shady rooster

Also found a fulvous whistling duck out on it’s own, no others around, kind of odd.

Fulvous whistling duck
Fulvous whistling duck
Fulvous whistling duck
Fulvous whistling duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another duck I have never seen before, I believe this is a white cheeked pintail.

White cheeked pintail
White cheeked pintail

And then there is this mystery duck, in with a few cinnamon teal and some redheads, again one I have never seen, and can’t find in my bird books, if anyone can ID it, I would like to know who he is.

Mystery duck
Mystery duck

Finally made it back to Bayou Segnette State Park around 5, I had hoped to avoid the rush hour traffic since the city drivers seem to enjoy playing demolition derby on the roads down here. This campground is kind of neat, being only half a mile from one of the major arteries around New Orleans, yet feeling like you are out in the wilderness once you make it back to your campsite. ¬†Here’s hoping today’s weather is not an isolated incident!