Tag Archives: water fowl

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

photograph of several anhingas silhouetted on the James River near Richmond, VA

Several Anhingas rest on an old wooden structure in the middle of the James River, near Richmond, VA.  The hard winter light created a silhouette effect.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

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Mallard on the James

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photograph of a female mallard on the James RiverThis female mallard duck rests alone on a rock in the James River as the evening sun begins to set.

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Curious Horned Grebe

photograph of a horned grebe with a curious look

I spotted this Horned Grebe swimming in one of the canals at The Great Dismal Swamp.  It didn’t seem to mind me watching it at all.  It just swam around, in and out of the shadows and would occasionally dive under water.  I was able to get quite a few photos of it but this is one of my favorites.


Weekly Photo Challege: Up

photograph of tundra swans taking flight

I watched these tundra swans paddle around in the water for a while and hoped they would take flight.  When they finally did I was able to capture a few photos.


American Coots

photograph of American Coots in the water

The American Coot is a rather funny looking bird.  They break the old rule that says “if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it must be a duck”.  They are actually more closely related to rails and cranes.  When you get a good look at their feet, which are not webbed, you realize they must not be ducks.


Goose Reflected on the River

photograph of a canada goose and its reflection on the James River in Richmond, VAThe slow moving, low, autumn waters of the James River provided a wonderful reflection of a Canada Goose and the nearby river rocks.


Resting On One Foot

photograph of a Canada Goose standing on one foot while it restsThis Canada Goose stands on one foot with beak tucked under its wings, while it rests in the shallow water.