Out and About, Just Duck’n Around

The Arctic freeze has begun to break here in the Denver area.

A bit colder and more frozen than a typical year in the Central Rockies has contributed a great deal to my laziness.  Sooner or later the laws of physics will take hold and it will warm up.

Yesterday was a warm day and a friend of mine and I decided to go investigate the local lakes to see what waterfowl had migrated into the metropolitan area.  While we found plenty of frozen lakes, there was an obvious change of season in progress and with that change of season comes the normal migratory species of ducks.

Here is a quick look at a few of the ducks we found.

It was good practice too, as I’ve been lazy with the photography and this change of weather has allowed me to get my photographic eye back in tune with bird photography in preparation for my upcoming trip to Monte Vista.

These will all be uploaded to the stock photography catalogs, as duck photos do sell from time to time.

The day of exploration was also a good opportunity to grab lunch with a friend.

Mostly, we spent the day “Duck’n Around”

Common Goldeneye
Lesser Scaup Male
Lesser Scaup Female
Mallard Drake
Mallard Hen and Mallard Drake
Gadwall Male

The Northern Shoveler

Northern Shovelers are a common waterfowl here in Colorado.

The shoveler is a fairly skittish duck, tending to keep its distance from people.

It’s easiest to catch them in flight as once hey hit the water they will move into an area of the lake that will give them a safe distance from the camera toting photographers. On occasion, they will paddle by and when they do I grab the best lit scenes as targets of opportunity.

Duck of the Day

Canvasback Duck by Gary Gray
Canvasback Duck

Back to the tree in the lake this morning for bird action.

Not much bird action. It was fairly cold this morning and the Great Blue Herons weren’t in much of a mood to mingle.

So, I worked the other birds instead.  This is my first photo of a Canvasback duck.  Go figure.