Ducks, herons, kingfishers, terns and shorebirds

All photos were taken in Hyde Park (Chicago) during the last few weeks.  Come join us for a nature walk and moon watch tomorrow evening.  See post before this one for details.

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Sleeping perched on one leg, a black-crowned night heron

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Black-crowned night heron sitting in blooming box elder

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male northern shoveler with american coot

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female and male shoveler

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male and female bufflehead in the rain

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banded piping plover, endangered bird at 63rd Street Beach

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caspian terns at 63rd Street Beach

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great blue heron

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great blue heron

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greater yellowlegs, or if not, a lesser yellowlegs

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gadwall

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pied-billed grebe with goose head for size

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Canada goose and pied-billed grebe

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two male wood ducks

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killdeer

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pectoral sandpiper

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hooded merganser with female bufflehead

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hooded merganser with extreme feather- do to impress the females. To see his courtship moves while he is courting a female mallard go to this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xx44zh4c8mbwoo9/AADXTfN0jIZUyseSOKzqw9npa?dl=0

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male and female blue-winged teal

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horned grebe

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goose egg

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belted kingfisher

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belted kingfisher

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Osaka Japanese Garden

Winter 2015: Snowy owl, swans and winter ducks

All photos taken in Hyde Park.  Most of them taken at 63rd Street beach or at La Rabida (6501 S Promontory Drive)

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Snowy owl on pier at 63rd Street beach at dusk

Short video of snowy owl:

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sun dog

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male and female common goldeneye

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red-breasted merganser courting display

See some common goldeneyes’ courtship displays in the video below:

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How big is a mute swan?

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A lot bigger than a common goldeneye duck.

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Quite a bit bigger than a Canada Goose

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Swans enjoying the outer harbor (63rd to 66th and Lake Shore Drive) until the geese come back

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The geese are back.

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scaup

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red-headed ducks

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February 1 blizzard

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February 1 blizzard

fox squirrel at 63rd St Beach parking lot

fox squirrel at 63rd St Beach parking lot