A Blue Winged Teal. This was taken at one of my favorite locations. It is a long straight drainage ditch, actually more of a creek, that runs along one side of a wetland. It is deep enough that the sun doesn’t reach the bottom until mid-morning but does brighten up the grass and bushes along the top edges. The result is a soft lighting and rich colorful reflections in the water.
Monday, as I was getting out of my car with my camera, I heard a great song being sung just above me. It came from this guy, who was sitting on a wire enjoying the early morning sun. I wish more songbirds hung out around my house.
And here he is airing out his feathers.