Here is a Ruddy Duck, in the midst of a display. There were two males, with the fabulous blue beaks, and two more subtle females. This male was pursuing one of the females. She kept escaping and went near the other male and female. Safety first.
I took this distant family shot zoomed out and saved the identification for today: a family of hooded mergansers. The feathered hoods are tucked back and this is in the early morning.
For the Weekly Photo Challenge: liquid.
After the winter in the Pacific Northwest, and the lowering clouds wrapped close to us, the sun feels like liquid. The trees, the grasses, the birds and I all respond with joy and blooms.
For the Daily Prompt: thwart.
“A thwart is a strut placed crosswise (left/right) in a ship or boat, to brace it crosswise.
For the Daily Prompt: grasp.
Oh, a coot, a lovely coot, in the early morning. I don’t want to grasp it, really, but I was trying to capture the moment when it ducks under the water. I failed and got this:
Coots always look a bit like wind up toys to me, different from the ducks. They move more jerkily. They look a little bit mechanical. I think the neurological wiring is more primitive than ducks, but look, it works and they’ve survived! I can’t argue with that!
I will keep trying to catch that up and dive motion….