Thursday, January 27, 2011

The riches of ditches.

January has been the month of ditch ducks.  Here's another species coming in for a landing, today at the Terra Nova Natural Area.  His namesake diagnostic feature is hidden by his wings, but the expansive powder-blue patch gives him away.

Sploosh.  Northern Shoveler.

Becoming airborne again due to pesky photographer.

The missus paddles along, unconcerned.

Other ditch ducks featured this month:  Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Common Merganser (not technically in a ditch, but in a shallow, man-made pond that is part of Richmond's storm runoff system and fed by several ditches).

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