All photos taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last few weeks.
Common goldeneye shows off his best courtship move. See more in video below.
Male common goldeneye in upright position
female common goldeneye
White-winged scoters sometimes show up near shore during the winter months. In the video below, watch one bird with a goody (crustacean?) get chased.
female long-tailed duck
female red-breasted merganser
How big are these ducks compared to a herring gull? White-winged scoter (juvenile) at 2:00. Other ducks are scaup.
How big are these ducks compared to a herring gull? Adult herring gull and first winter herring gull are in the background. Left to right in front: scaup, white-winged scoter, and common goldeneye
Windy and cold at the lake
Raccoon prints with keys for scale
Full moon setting