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!
While I was out birding in San Timoteo Canyon today, this Red-tailed Hawk soared overhead. As he flew over, I got a quick shot of him as he appeared to near the moon. I couldn't get a sharp shot of both the hawk and the moon, but I kind of liked the effect nonetheless.