While birding at San Jacinto Wildlife area, I noticed these marsh plants in the rippled water. I played with the colors to give it a more dramatic look.
When I posted the close-up of the male Ring-necked Duck, several people mentioned the duck's name, and questioned why??? Usually when they are sitting and swimming around in the pond, the neck ring is not visible. This view shows the purple ring around the male's neck and the brown ring around the female's. Not the sharpest shot, but I thought it would be fun to prove there is a reason for the name! Photo taken at the small pond in San Timoteo Canyon, Redlands, CA.
A few days ago I posted a shot of some female Ring-necked Ducks in the small pond in San Timoteo Canyon, Redlands, CA. At the time there were no male ducks there, and the reflections were the primary subject of the shot. I was back for a hike in the canyon yesterday, and was surprised to see that a male had joined the group, so of course I had to commemorate the moment! The reflections were much less interesting this time, but the male duck is much more so!