Sunday, May 24, 2015

Waterfowl portraits

Vaguely unnerving.

Chinese Swan Goose
Muscovy Duck

Snow Goose

Graylag Goose
Canada Goose

Friday, May 22, 2015


Of the duck- and gos- kind:

Big family of Mallards

Adolescent Egyptian Geese

Mother Wood Duck and her babies (one is behind her head)

More Mallards

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The growth of a fuzzy duck

Some sort of domestic/wild Mallard hybrid, apparently the youngest of several like it in the park, photographed on weekly birdbox-inspecting trips:

April 7th

April 14th:

April 21:

April 28:

May 5:

May 19th (didn't see it the previous week):

Note the development of green iridescence on the bird's head in later images.

Monday, May 18, 2015


I have been working with the Southern California Bluebird Club to investigate bird nestboxes at a couple of local parks (mostly bluebirds and the occasional Tree Swallows). We have had a few setbacks-- missing eggs, dead nestlings-- which were probably the work of Gopher Snakes, but overall it's been wonderful seeing the nests, eggs, and juveniles as well as adult bluebirds.

Miscellaneous pictures below the fold:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Baby green herons

They look like some kind of muppet velociraptor:

More of these adorable creatures below the fold: