One day (alright, it was almost two weeks ago now), we met our friends John and Carol for a walk around Gilbert Riparian Preserve. This place is a real unknown treasure that they had discovered last year. We were happy they invited us to share it with them.
The preserve is really a birder's paradise. This 'wild' ring-necked duck was thinking we were good for a handout. Obviously he doesn't know me very well.
John, Ron, and I came prepared with binoculars to observe the shyer wildlife. Carol brought her camera with the monster telephoto lens.
I had my point-and-shoot camera so it was just luck if it happened to focus correctly. We got a kick out of the great blue heron and great egret standoff. The egret was obviously intimidated, but tried to stand his ground.
The two ducks on the right must be mixtures. I'm guessing the white Pekin duck is the mother and a mallard was the father.
Well, that's it for acceptable pictures from me. Carol has lots more on her blog. Click here to see them.