Posts Tagged ‘ducks’

I got all my sisters with me (or maybe brothers.) This group of cuties and their mom weren’t too afraid of me as I sat by the side of the lake. They would bunch up, for all the world like a pre-game huddle, then waddle cutely to and fro a bit before huddling up again. Not sure what the pep talk was, but it kept them coming back for more.

Did you know that the Pointer Sisters didn’t do the original “We Are Family?” The Sledge Sisters, four sisters named…you guessed it… Sledge sang it and it became their hit song. This part is particularly appropriate:

Everyone can see we’re together
As we walk on by
(And!) and we fly just like birds of a feather

but you might enjoy the whole song to get your Tuesday off to a great start.

for Six Word Saturday

As most of you already know, last week I left my canal walks, heading for The Riparian Preserve in Gilbert, Arizona. The City of Gilbert manages the seven recharge basins (lakes) to replicate wet and dry periods.

A riparian habitat or riparian zone is a type of wildlife habitat found along the banks of a river, stream, or other actively moving source of water such as a spring or waterfall. The term generally refers only to freshwater or mildly brackish habitats surrounded by vegetation and may include marshes, swamps, or bogs adjacent to rivers. The Spruce

Birds are the big draw for a large number of people. The many trails are also perfect for walking, jogging, biking, or even in some places, horseback riding. It’s also used for dog walking and fishing and…photography.

Even at 5 am, just before sunrise, everyone is out and about! There are lots of egrets rushing in all directions for juicy insects and perhaps some fish.

The duck family wasn’t too afraid of me and although Mama kept an eye on me, everyone else was busy eating and cleaning themselves.

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I admit it. I’ve been bored. Bored with not seeing anything new or much of anything at all on my walks, bored with dry dirt, bored with the “river” being a canal, happy to get out and walk…but bored.

Then Wednesday I went to the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch and bored went by the board! These last few days have been cool (only up to 90F constitutes cool here) and the mornings have been below 60F. Perfect!

On the very first day, I saw some amazing things and was able to take some fantastic photos. But about an hour in, the memory card on my camera filled up! Nooooooo!! There I was, frantically trying to find photos I could delete in case another perfect opportunity came along. 🙂

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for Six Word Saturday

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You see plenty birds perching on the tops of houses, but you don’t often see a duck there.  I decided to have a little editing fun with this photo of a duck atop the house across the street.  If I were channeling my inner Andrew Wyeth, it might have looked like this.

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As September slides away into autumn, the fourth Monday rolls around, giving us “Challenger’s Choice“once again for our theme over on Sally’s blog and her mobile photography challenge.  When we visited Morton Arboretum no long ago to view the Lego exhibit, we also enjoyed a stroll through a marvelous children’s garden, which is where I caught up with this trio of relaxing birds. The noisy crowds obviously weren’t bothering them!

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