First year Drake coming into full colors.
Breeding Pair of Mallards pond-side at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata, California.
Seldom seen in the wild along coastal regions, this pair of Ring Billed ducks seemed pleased to paddle the waters along a coastal marsh.
Handsome and fully mature, these two Sea Scoter drakes display their rich colorful bills. It’s not often we see such a vivid and well defined coloration on these coastal waterfowl.
Common Mergansers are working the water ways near the mouth of the Eel River lowlands.
Mating season is getting into full swing.
It’s not a clown with wings, but a Sea Scoter. Colorful, robust, and definitely a distinctive waterfowl in harbors and sheltered coastline surf areas.
Mallard pair natural selection and the mating dance/flight gets into full swing on the Second Day of Spring.
Gadwall hen paddles along a narrow marsh waterway as a torrent of rainfall pelts down.
Beauty of this image is multiplied as water drops are caught streaking through mid air, beads are forming on the back of our hen, and marsh foliage reflections glisten across the water.
Early spring time exploration on the lowlands near Humboldt Bay paid off when the Golden Eye hen sailed over a stand of reeds and cattails.