Other Than the Star by Walter Kitundu

So while the Falcated Duck was stealing the show, I managed a few other images from that trip to Colusa. There were plenty os Snow Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, American and Eurasian Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Coots, Harriers, Egrets, etc... but for some reason I spent more time watching than clicking. Here is a Cinnamon Teal Hideout.

A young Red-tailed Hawk explored areas near the water's edge.

I like the lovely extension, wings to feet, head to tail.

Leafless trees make for easier bird watching... but they can watch you just as easliy.

Falcated Duck or not, the Northern Pintail is a sharp dresser.

Here is an extra view that I can't stand to leave out of this post.

Tomorrow we'll get back to Tanzania.

Your Patience Deserves a Duck by Walter Kitundu

20120117-231256.jpgLike this Falcated Duck that should be wintering at about this latitude but on the other side of the Pacific.

20120117-231442.jpg It seems comfortable in its new role as the main attraction at Colusa Wildlife Refuge.

20120117-231831.jpg The new guy isn't shy or retiring in the least. Lucky for us because this is a stunning bird.

20120117-232317.jpg It was often busy teaching the American Wigeons some sort of lesson.


20120117-232614.jpg After the chase, it strategically placed a stick between itself and the throng of photographers, then contentedly preened in all its falcated glory.

20120117-232632.jpg By the way, thank you for your patience. My Internet drought should be over by Friday. I'm posting by phone right now but soon the daily posts will begin again.