Tag: duck

Rare Blue

Ruddy Duck

I’ve noticed that there are certain colors that are just rare in nature. Blue and purple seem to be the least common of the main colors out there. Try to think of how many animals and plants are blue or purple. The list is pretty short!

That’s one of the reasons that I love Ruddy Ducks. They look so average until you see their pale blue bills. Bam! Blue!

I’ve had a hard time getting a good shot of a Ruddy Duck because they have a tendency of hanging out in the middle of lakes, but Discovery Lake has a dock (who knows why, you can’t have boats on the lake, it’s too small) that goes right into the middle of the lake. Obviously, the ducks are fed on a frequent basis because they swim right up to you. It was lightly raining when I took this shot, but the ducks didn’t seem to mind. I guess if you hang out in water all day, what’s a little rain?

BVAS Bird Count August

Saturday was the monthly Buena Vista Lagoon bird count. We saw a total of 51 species between everyone, although not a ton of each species. There were a ton of new people at the group today, which is always exciting.

The most exciting bird was a Red-necked Phalarope. We saw about seven of them swimming around in circles, but they were so far away we had to the use the scope to see them really at all. I had to use the entire 60x plus digital zoom to get these shots and they had to be cropped down a lot. Still, it was a new bird for me, so that was awesome. Hopefully, I’ll get to see them more up close in the future.