Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Denali - Waterfowl
During the shoulder season here in Denali, a number of waterfowl species can be found in the small ponds just off the park road. For weeks I did not see a single duck and then, one day, almost every pond had some type of waterfowl in them. The Horned Grebe in the top photo is one of my favorite waterfowl captures thus far, due to the nice evening lighting on the water.
The upper image is of a pair of Barrow's Goldeneyes. The moon shape white patch in front of the eye on the male identifies the Barrow's from the Common Goldeneye. In the second image the male was snapping his head back and forth to eat some pond vegetation more efficiently. The water droplets made an interesting reflection on the water around him.
This photo is of a male Pintail. Very stoic looking duck. Fortunate that the wind had laid down enough to capture his reflection in the water.
Things are starting to look more spring like in Denali. Most of the park below 4,000 feet has greened up. Allot of wildflowers are out. Little snow remains except in the higher elevations. Amazing how quickly things change here.