It's always about a girl! These two shoveler drakes seemed to be in a sort of courtship race. They were both interested in a hen floating nearby, so the males would burst from the water, flying in a wide arc before yet again returning to the water. This occurred several times before one forfeited the race and slowly floated away. Medicine Lake Wildlife Refure, MT.
In a surreal setting, a wood duck drake floats by in the early morning light. Tucson, AZ.
The barrow's goldeneye, a first time sighting for this fellow, looked to magnificent in the early morning light. Yellowstone National Park, WY.
As a start contrast their uninspiring winter plumage of mottled gray, eared grebes adorn the most striking breeding coloration. Medicine Lake Wildlife Refuge, MT.
One of these neotropic cormorants snagged a catfish that was entirely too big to be swallowed in one try. Naturally, this drew the attention of a second cormorant who was able to steal the catch. This, of course, attracted a third and forth cormorant to the scene. By the time one of the birds finally managed to swallow the very dead fish, it had passed between 6 different cormorants over the course of nearly two minutes and amidst much splashing, flailing, and biting. Gilbert, AZ, USA.
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As the lingering light begins to disappear, three ringnecked ducks float by. Phoenix, AZ.
Coots have some of the funniest feet of any bird! This fellow's are unusually visible as he/she balances on a log. Tucson, AZ.
Arriving at this tiny "lake" just as the first rays of sunlight penetrated the water, I was spellbound by the way the ducks were illuminated. It was downright magical! Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.