Posts Tagged ‘Wood Duck’

Last weekend we had some really welcome weather.  While it was not all that warm or spring-like, it was sunny and not terribly windy.  Ask anyone who lives on the East Coast north of Virginia and they will tell you this has been one hell of a winter.  And it’s not over yet…BUT let’s revisit last Saturday because as I said the weather was just ducky and to bear witness to that I have some really great duck photos for this FAB FOTO FRIDAY.

It was day for serene swim by oneself

A bunch of friends chatting it up

Catching Up

Catching Up

There’s always one show off in the crowd

"How do you like it"?

“How do you like it”?

As soon as the weather warms up, young male duck’s fancy turns to mating??

"I'm The Top Duck Around Here"

“I’m The Top Duck Around Here”

The weather was pleasant but not everyone was feeling pleasant

"What Do You Think You're Doing?"

“What Do You Think You’re Doing?”

Some of the ducks were excited not to have deal with the ice when looking for dinner

A Family That Eats Together Stays Together

A Family That Eats Together Stays Together

This DUCK DUO photo and all the other feathered friends pictures are courtesy of Murray Head

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Central Park is so  full of life! Over the past couple of years, I’ve posted photos of the park’s four-footed and feathered denizens.  You’ve seen the spectacularly colorful Wood Ducks, the entertaining squirrels, the royal red Cardinals, the fierce-looking Red Tail Hawks, flocks of Mallard Ducks, frolicking dogs, and shy raccoons.  Today, it’s all about the Blue Heron.  Strung together, these pictures seem to tell the story of the Heron who went out for a walk  and realized too late that it had snowed.  His feet were cold so he tried standing on one leg and then the other. He looked very uncomfortable.  Finally he thought it better to just leave.

"Well, I certainly didn't expect this"

“Well, I certainly didn’t expect this”

"Maybe I should go back"

“Maybe I should go back”

"Ooh that's cold"!

“Ooh that’s cold”!

"Extremely unpleasant"

“Extremely unpleasant”

"I'm Outta Here"

“I’m Outta Here”

"Now where should i go"?

“Now where should i go”?

"C'iao for now"

“C’iao for now”

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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On any given day in The City you will see BLACK being worn everywhere.  Every New Yorker has a closet full of black clothes and for all seasons.  New Year‘s Day, which was a glorious sunny Sunday this year, was no exception…or was it??

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"One and Twenty Blackbirds..."

BUT of course there are exceptions to every rule!!! Look at this fine feathered fellow showing off his “Sunday best”.

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One Dapper Wood Duck

Not to mention this beautiful (YES, they are beautiful) Blue Jay who was hanging out nearby.

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Big Beautiful Blue Jay

And way up high, taking in the view, sat a richly red Cardinal.  Don’t you love his “mask”?

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A Ruby Red Cardinal

However, if we had to vote for who was the most colorful denizen of  Central Park on New Year’s Day, I think we’d have to admit the Wood Ducks took the prize!

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hBest -Dressed Duck

 Not everyone knew the photographer was in the park, but once they found out, everybody wanted their picture taken!  Look at this guy!

racing for the finish line. central park

"Hey, wait for me"!

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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Perhaps they were getting their last minute gathering done before the BIG NIGHT, or maybe they were gathering in the park to attend the fireworks display at midnight.

Whatever their reasons were, there were colorful denizens in Central Park, Madison Square Park and Dag Hammarskjold Park today.

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The Blue Jay and the Acorn

mallard drake, Central Park

Just a little itch

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A Tail of Two Cities

House Finch

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Baltimore Oriole (female)

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A Chic Chow Chow

Cute Masked Cardinal

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Wet and Wild Wood Duck

Sweet Lady Wood Duck


Unreported Alien-Hard Landing

All photos courtesy of Murray Head


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