Birds' faces are frozen in place. They cannot smile, frown or otherwise change their expressions. Yet a certain tilt of a vireo's head can cause us humans to imagine that they can.
This White-eyed Vireo emerged from a thicket for only a few seconds as I feverishly snapped a burst of photos.
Back at home, we have a new addition (besides our latest great-granddaughter!). A boater damaged the Mallard decoy which serves as a float for our lawn irrigation system, so it was replaced by a goose. No sooner had it been put into service when a Double-crested Cormorant with emerald jewel eyes found it to be a convenient roost:
The Palm Warblers are migrating away to the north. This was the last one I saw, on March 28:
Great Crested Flycatchers are passing through...
...as are Northern Parula warblers:
A Raccoon paused on its way across the path:
A Black-and-White Warbler crept along the trunk of a small tree:
Mottled Ducks were courting. Two males chased three females:
Plumages of both sexes are similar. The two males have plain greenish yellow to orange bills, while the bills of the females are darker orange with black markings. The variable color of the wing speculum is due to reflection of sunlight):
Two pairs of Mottled Ducks lift off. Note the color of their bills. The males are often slightly larger than the females:
It was not a good day for reflections on the lake:
Before sunrise on March 31, an established feral Muscovy Duck looked out of place out in the wetlands:
The view to the west over still water, just before sunrise:
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Thursday, April 18, 2019
The many faces of a vireo
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Lots of wonderful snaps.ReplyDelete
Those cormorant eyes are amazing, huh.
The vireo has such a vibrant face in these shots. Not a bird I was familiar with until now.ReplyDelete
Lovely set of photos, love the White-eyed Vireo. Cheers DianeReplyDelete
I do like the vireo captures. He seems to have a little attitude happening!ReplyDelete
wonderful shots. Double-crested Cormorant sitting on a "goose" really made me laugh.ReplyDelete
Yet another stunning collection of captures Kenneth. That close up of the Cormorant is wonderful, as are the birds on the wing. Thank you for sharing your talents and God's creation. Happy Easter to you and yours.ReplyDelete
This is great.ReplyDelete
Hello, The Vireo is beautiful. I love all the birds and photos. Your ducks in flight is beautiful. Gorgeous sky and reflection. Awesome photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend! Happy Easter! PS, thanks for commenting on my post.ReplyDelete
Beautiful sky reflectionReplyDelete
Great reflections and I love the birds in flight and the Cormorant photos!ReplyDelete
Beautiful, once again! love your header and background by the way.ReplyDelete
My favorite today is the 4th from the bottom...that is worthy of framing in my opinion.
Have a great holiday if you observe, and thanks for taking time to share your post and photos with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend!!
The Vireo looks like a very inquisitive bird. I also like your Black and White Warbler.ReplyDelete
WOW! Love this post. The closeup of the double-crested cormorant is amazing!ReplyDelete
Really wonderful photos - every one of them, but when I got to the bottom of your post, I found myself scrolling back to the top to admire the White-eyed Vireo again!ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful week!
The vireo has a definite stare:) The cormorant looks like not to be messing with, from up close. Love the masterful capture of the black and white warbler and the moments you caught of the flying ducks. Also the water reflection is perfect! Such a beautiful and versatile post, Ken. Happy to have you on board at All Seasons! have a lovely week:)ReplyDelete
The coromant's eyes are transfixing!ReplyDelete
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Such beautiful photos, but the turquoise eyes on the cormorant are amazing! Nice to see the raccoon make an appearance too.ReplyDelete
Excellent work! Your birds are stunning.ReplyDelete
Your birds are lovely but that cormorant's eye is just stunning! Nicely captured!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed all your beautiful photos, but my favorite is the one of the piggy-backing cormorant. Thank you for sharing your amazing photography.ReplyDelete
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