Creature Feature 2013 #11

The seasons have definitely changed. I took this picture on October 30:

And this one just yesterday, November 16, in about the same spot:

Other cycles are also in play, as this tree looks ready for recycling:

For all the changes in the weather, the water birds are still very active. In fact, it was a surprisingly good day to be out on the water with my camera.

This is what refueling looks like for a couple of mallards:

And these birds sure know how to operate in “congested airspace”, with nary a radar transponder or anti-collision light in sight:

The airshow continues with a nice echelon turn:

…and the mallards join up for a classic “V” formation:

While a couple of turtles take in the action and some late-season sun:

Some ducks heading off on a triple date?

There are a number of groups of Canadian Geese around the lake, but, who’s this guy? You can also see him in the “congested airspace” picture above, if you look closely .. maybe click through to the full-res version.

With the change in seasons comes a change is who’s around. Some of the lake denizens have migrated south, while others have moved in from the north; more of those cycles. I think this may be a Red-necked Grebe (in winter plumage), which would make her another winter resident:

Speaking of winter residents, seagulls are starting to show up. Here’s a Ring-billed Gull:

And a young and somewhat rare Little Gull:

Obligatory Kingfisher and Great Blue Heron pics:

The afternoon had been mostly clear skies, but late in the day a cloud deck started moving in from the southwest. The Sun didn’t go easily, though:

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