Interlude: Morning at Albertson Park


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.

Hooded Merganser Drake, Albertson Park, Boise, Idaho

Hooded Merganser Drake, Albertson Park, Boise, Idaho

Hoodies aren’t common in the park; they seem to prefer larger, deeper bodies of water. But there were three pair in Albertson’s.

Gadwall Drake and Hen, Alberston Park, Boise, Idaho

Gadwall Drake and Hen, Alberston Park, Boise, Idaho

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.

Wood Duck Drake, Albertson Park, Boise, Idaho

Wood Duck Drake, Albertson Park, Boise, Idaho

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 Blue Heron, Albertson Park, Boise, Idaho

Great Blue Heron, Albertson Park, Boise, Idaho

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.

 

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2 thoughts on “Interlude: Morning at Albertson Park

  1. Of things missing in Fairbanks, you neglected to mention that wonderful light that cast those wonderful creatures so magnificently. It was a joy to see that gadwall drake.

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