We braved the cold, snow and ice (I had to put hand warmers into my gloves to be functional) and went out in search of cold birdies. We found the floofy things trying to keep warm themselves. This photo is of a male and some females Common Goldeneye ducks.
They were floating about on a stretch of water from the overflow of a dam. Most water around here is frozen with just patches of open water which is a magnet to all of the waterfowl that may be around. As you can see, we still have snow and ice on the ground. Case in point, while walking along the area next to the overflow, I had to focus on where I was stepping because the ground slopes downward towards the water.
With no markers other than memory to remind me of where to step safely I was thankful I had the long lens (a must with bird photography anyway) so when I felt I needed to stop inching forward, I did! Although I did manage to find one patch of snow that when I stepped on it I sunk up to my knees.
Quite an interesting picture. I like it.
Thank you! There were about three different species all bunched up in the area.
They’re enjoying the water.
That they were. Thanks, Tim.
“Although I did manage to find one patch of snow that when I stepped on it I sunk up to my knees.” yes, there is ALWAYS that one one spot…. thanks for taking all the precautions to share a cool (no pun intended) photo.
Happy you liked 🙂
I wonder how the ducks keep warm in the icy waters. If their webbed feet gets too cold. Good photos. Thanks.
Nature has a way for them to keep warm but I’ve long since forgotten that Biology class lesson LOL
Same here haha! I will google 🤭🤣
Brrr…brrr… said the ducks. Love this picture!
Thank you. Looks like we are heading for a big melt with temps in the mid 30’s to mid 40’s! Tropical heatwave LOL