a little stretching

The little, white duck is still there in our park. When I got there yesterday, she was resting, with her bill tucked in underneath her wing. Then she got up and stretched … just like the cat! She’s so cute … I’d like to grab her and bring her home LOL.

Probably the most photographed duck at Lily Lake!

I knew she’d still be there because I’d seen pictures of her in Facebook … a guy on my list had shot a whole slough.

As soon as I got the camera, about three years ago, there was no question about what I wanted to shoot — birds and wildlife in general. Landscape, architecture — Β it happens, but I don’t have the same feeling about it. To me, nothing is so rewarding as a good bird/animal shot … like this ! This is my pride and joy … from March 2010. There’s a marsh, almost in the centre of the city, that’s sort of a bird sanctuary. All kinds of odd ducks show up there, so I go there often to check. One day, as I stepped out, I could Β hardly believe my eyes. It took several seconds for my brain to register that it was real! This big guy was munching on something … he was trying to take off with it, but couldn’t — it was either too heavy or frozen to the ground. He stayed long enough for me to take ten, fifteen pictures [the pictures are clickable, will open in new tab].

This was probably a ‘once in a lifetime’ event, but I feel like a drug addict … constantly hoping for that ultimate kick again.

This day today, is overcast … looks like it’s turning out to be one of those monochrome days. We may go down to Calais, ME. At least before February 17th, I have to go there! Each time I enter the US, I get this little green slip in my passport, that is good for three months. If I don’t turn it back in again before that date, I will never be allowed back in there again. It’s only an hour’s drive down to Calais, no big deal. Then … next time we go, then there’s the photo, fingerprinting and new, green slip again for $8. This is because I’m not a Canadian citizen.

12 thoughts on “a little stretching

  1. Hi,
    The white duck will surely stay there, I feel it is home for him/her now, and it surely feels comfortable in it’s surrounding, it certainly is a gorgeous duck.
    An eagle right in front of you, that is just unreal, and a very good photo as well. πŸ˜€

    1. I hope it will. Many people enjoy looking/taking photos of her. It’s probably a cross breed and then I think she’ll never reproduce.

      Yeah, the feeling was unreal too, when I saw it πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I was so lucky, I could hardly believe it! Had the camera ready, as I was going there just to check out the ducks … if there was any unusual one there. It was a very special experience!

  2. Fantastic photo of the Bald Eagle, you were so lucky he stayed long enough for you to capture him!
    The little white duck is becoming something of a celebrity!

    1. Thank you, Barb! He would probably have stayed even longer, had I not made a move in order to get away from some tall grass there …but still!

      Yes, little white duck is getting famous — yesterday I saw a picture of her at our local weather site πŸ™‚

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