Readers’ wildlife photos

February 21, 2021 • 8:00 am

It’s Sunday, and that means that we have a themed photo contribution by John Avise. John’s text is indented, and you can click on the photos to enlarge them.

Sweet Waterbed Dreams

Recently I went to a local park in the late afternoon in hopes of taking some “artsy” photographs.  The light was long, the wind balmy, the water wavy.  As each American Coot (Fulica americana), Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus), or Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) paddled through the waves, it left a smoothed swirl in its wake.  In these pictures, the birds are easy to identify, but focus more on the water. The net effect of the conditions gave each picture a unique dreamy aura as the fading light danced off the water’s surface.  As darkness fell, I departed, wishing these floating birds sweet waterbed dreams.  Perhaps these calming photos can help you sleep well tonight also.

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