These swans scared the daylights out of me yesterday morning. I was walking on a little wooden bridge over the river and these guys came right at me, out of nowhere, running and smacking their wings on the water. It was very sudden and very loud and I’m surprised I got a shot of them at all. They went under the bridge and landed on the other side.
This one swan was swimming with his wings up, which I guess makes them look bigger and more threatening. They are aggressive birds, certainly, but so beautiful.
I saw a pair of Bluebirds yesterday–I posted the picture of the male previously, but here is the female.
Finally, a first for me. I saw a pair of Wood Ducks and was able to just catch a photo of the male. They were staying very close to the edge of the river, hiding under branches, and it was very hard to get a good shot. I’ve never seen a Wood Duck up close before. Well, that’s not completely true. One time, many years ago, I came home during the day and heard something in my fireplace. I called Critter Control and they found a Wood Duck that had come down our chimney and was sitting on the flue. The duck was not hurt, flew away when we took it outside, and a chimney cap prevented any further problems. I was much happier to see one on the river than in my house!
It’s a rainy day today, but the weekend is supposed to be dry. I hope to get out again soon.