Just ducky…

Out of the water for a bit, this male Mallard tries to hide among the Dandelions. These images were all taken one morning at Lincoln Park’s North Pond. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Grooming is ever a process when out of the water. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Male Wood Duck sunning on a warm spring day. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Mallard Duck family enjoying an outing in Lincoln’s Park, North Pond, Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

American treasure…

Sandhill Crane (Grass canadenis) relaxing in the Rookery area of Flamingo Gardens. It is distinguished by it’s large size and red forehead. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

These birds are unwanted in neighborhoods because they are agressive due to habitat destruction threatening their population in Florida. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

CLICK on the image above for more information on living with Sandhill Cranes. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Confusion in a name…

Blindly foraging for food through dense Duckweed. This pair were also in the Rookery area of Flamingo Gardens; they are Domestic Swan Geese (Anser cygnoides). Confusion in a name?! They have the body of geese yet I suppose they could like Swan-ish? Maybe. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Blindly foraging for food through the dense Duckweed. Domestic Swan Goose originated in East Asia. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Fair guess that this is a Goose feather. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Partner Goose takes a breath from fishing. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Pair of Domestic Swan Geese in the Rookery’s thick Duckweed. I am unsure if perhaps the whiteish one is a hybrid. See this link for more information: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swan_goose#Description . Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Inconspicuous entrance…

The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond lies just outside the far north end of Lincoln Park Zoo. One discreet turnstile entry connects the two. This morning it was a welcome respite in our five miles walk through Lincoln Park. The water fell softly down the stones and leaves gently fell into the pond. Newer fallen leaves floated above the water logged older leaves collecting at the bottom of the shallow pond.

Waterfall in Caldwell Lily Pond, Lincoln Park, Chicago. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Albert Caldwell Lily Pond adjoining Lincoln Park Zoo. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Albert Caldwell Lily Pond adjoining Lincoln Park Zoo. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Floating and sunken autumn leaves. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Floating and sunken autumn leaves. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Autumn reflections. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Autumn reflections. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

 

 

Brilliant fuzz…

Seeds shining brilliantly in the late afternoon sun at Lincoln Park's. North Pond, Chicago. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Seeds shining brilliantly in the late afternoon sun at Lincoln Park’s. North Pond, Chicago. copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg

Red ear slider turtles sunning near edge of North Pond, Lincoln Park.  Setting for this tree in fuzzy seed stage. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg

Red ear slider turtles sunning near edge of North Pond, Lincoln Park. Setting for this tree in fuzzy seed stage. copyright 2015, Pamela Breitberg