Duck pics

I have a ton of duck pics and videos, but it’s too damn hot to make a long post: I’m going home, take a nice shower, and maybe enjoy a 45-minute nap.

But here are two pictures from the pond on this steamy afternoon. First, one of Dorothy’s six babies in its most awkward “punk juvenile” phase, mostly feathers but with some down on the back and head, forming a Mohawk (the new brood is five weeks old today). It’s all messed up but IT HAS ITS FIRST SPECULUM FEATHERS (circled in second picture)! Within three weeks they should be taking their first tentative flights.

And one of our several Cooper’s Hawks (Accipter cooperii) with its tail fanned out. Mercifully, they aren’t bothering any of the ducks.

6 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 26, 2020 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Jerry is sending us unsolicited duck pics. 😂🤣

  2. cicely berglund
    Posted July 26, 2020 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Well, if he did not send them I would solicit them!

  3. boudiccadylis
    Posted July 26, 2020 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    i think the coopers hawk is interesting too.

  4. Terry Pedersen
    Posted July 26, 2020 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    The Cooper’s Hawk is gorgeous. Looks like he/she is posing for the picture.

  5. jezgrove
    Posted July 26, 2020 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Great to see how Dorothy’s (second) brood are coming along.

  6. Posted July 26, 2020 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I love the ducks; they’re beautiful whatever stage they’re at.


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