I am delighted to make my first contribution to "Birding Is Fun!" - because birding is fun, or should be. I find birding an exercise in serendipity - one just never knows when something new, something unexpected, something catch-your-breath gorgeous will suddenly appear.
That said, I begin with a post of a bird which, in the eyes of some, will put my status as a birder at risk - the Mallard.
If the Mallard were a rare duck, we would fall over ourselves in finding ways to describe the handsome drake. But it is so common, easily tamed, and even self-domesticating, that it is typically ignored.
|Mallard - drake|
|Mallard - drake & hen|
|Mallard - hen and drake|
|Drake Mallard "ice walking" - note also the "tail curls"|
The semi-domesticated status of many Mallards give all manner of birders, bird watchers, and casual passers-by an opportunity to glimpse the kind of nature which makes us want to preserve nature - the mother with her young ...
|Mallard hen keeps a watch over her sleepy brood|