WC spent Monday morning at Kathryn Albertson Park. It’s the tag end of autumn, with the last few leaves coming down. The back ponds are drained for the winter. But there were still birds around. None of them are birds you would find in Fairbanks.
Hoodies aren’t common in the park; they seem to prefer larger, deeper bodies of water. But there were three pair in Albertson’s.
If Hooded Mergansers and Wood Ducks are a bit over the top, the beauty of a Gadwall is more subtle. The incredible detail in the drake’s flank, for example.
Only Alaska’s Harlequin Duck begins to rival the Wood Duck in extravagant markings. This drake is in full color, just finished with fall molt.
Great Blues seem to move down to the Snake River Canyon for deep winter. But they are still hanging around for now, fishing the shallows in ponds and along the banks of the Boise River.
For WC, bird photography is a refuge from the insanity, greed and corruption that is the Trump Administration and the G.O.P. majority in Congress. Hope it works for you, too.