WPC: Vernal pond wildlife in motion

There is something about watching wildlife that can totally put one at ease…even if it is a quick visit to a local vernal pond to see common birds like mallard ducks or American coots…

Mallard Duck in motion 2

American Coot in motion

I recently started to take bird photographs.

Since I don’t have the right camera or lens for long distance shots, I am limited to the types of birds that are familiar with humans — the ones that don’t mind me being nearby with a camera — like the types that live at local ponds.

I like the colors of the birds and the water reflection, captured for these photographs.  The movement of birds and the rippling water conveys motion, the theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

Mallard Duck in motion 1

These ducks came right up to me looking for food when I arrived at the pond’s edge, so obviously, they are used to people giving them food.

I did not have any food for them, and after a few minutes, they went away and most went back in the water.

More about this pond at the Locke Paddon Community Wetland Park, Marina, California posted on the WordPress Photo Challenge Challenge Blur) .

Mr and Mrs Mallard Ducks in motion

Mallard Duck in motion

Birds at Locke Paddon Vernal Pond

Do you think people should feed ducks and other wildlife that live in our parks and local ponds?  Is it allowed where you live, or should feeding ducks (or pigeons, etc.) be banned?

6 thoughts on “WPC: Vernal pond wildlife in motion

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  2. Even the most “common” birds are amazing. Feeding ducks is very unhealthy, especially when they are being fed “people food” (like bread) that they are not meant to eat.

    • I agree, even the once we see all the time (like the California Coast Blue Jay — so common around these parts) are amazing to watch…

      I also agree with you on the feeding birds, I think it creates problems, again, here in this area, there is an overpopulation of sea gulls because they have learned to rely on open trash bins, and even stealing food from people, food that is very bad for them.

  3. Nice! I think it can be a very difficult thing to photograph birds, so more power to you! I used to love going to El Estero as a kid to feed the ducks, but I can see how harmful it can be to disrupt the natural environment of wild animals. People are always feeding the squirrels out at Lovers’ Point – one of them kept stalking me one day (the gulls, too) when I was having a snack after my run. It got so close, I took a photo of it touching my belly. I would show this photo on my blog, but that means showing my belly, too.

    • Thank, Jane 🙂

      I’m sure my daughter and I fed ducks at some point when she was little, like you did at El Estero.

      There was something both nice about the ducks and coots coming up to me (like a welcoming party) at the pond, but it was also kind of weird. When they realized I had no food, they went about their normal biz…still, I thought…not sure if you guys should be coming up to me so close like that (no more “stranger danger” in their make-up?) And they should be foraging for normal duck food, not bread.

      Omg, that squirrel got quite close!

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