Readers’ wildlife photos

As happened once before, reader Lorraine sent in some photos taken by her friend Doug Hayes, who allowed them to be posted here.  One batch included DUCKS. Lorraine’s commentary:

My friend Doug Hayes has taken more photos of the local wildlife. Since you’re missing your ducks, I’m attaching his photos of a duck bathing at Forest Hill Park in Richmond, VA last month.  He’s got many more images but these give you the idea.

Here are some more photographs taken at Forest Hill Park in Richmond, VA. There are two of ducks, two of herons and one of a squirrel.



  1. Posted December 16, 2018 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Beautiful photos ! This is the reflection of nature’s beauty and wildlife gives heavenly pleasure to our minds.

  2. Posted December 16, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Nice pictures! Thank you, and thank you to your friend for sharing. I very much like the lighting amongst the ducks.

  3. CAS
    Posted December 16, 2018 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Like the high speed photos of water splashes and waves produced by birds.

  4. John Dentinger
    Posted December 16, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I, too, like the images of ducks splashing water . . . but I have a question: if I’m a duck, why don’t I just dive under water & wiggle down under? Inquiring minds want to know!

    • rickflick
      Posted December 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      As far as I know all birds bath in a similar way. Our parakeet used to bath in a dish by leaning it’s breast forward and twisting and fluffing rapidly. Water flew up in all directions and some landed on his back which was his intent. Mallards have, I suspect, inherited the same trait from an early common ancestor of all birds(believe me?).
      Mallards are dabbling ducks, meaning they occupy the water’s surface zone. Other ducks are divers which swim underwater. Diving ducks preen their wet feathers. I’m not sure if they do much twisting and fluffing.

  5. Posted December 16, 2018 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful animals!

  6. Posted December 17, 2018 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Heron in the snow, that’s a first for me… I like it, one tough bird.

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