Oh, what a glorious difference five inches of rain makes! The ducks have been gathering on the pond and I’m so pleased to see the difference in the water level. I know we need lots more rain and I know that the pond will hold much more water, but it seems like a good start.
These photos are not clear. That is not an excuse, just a reminder that I only have a 200mm lens and need at least 500. I’m saving my pennies for 800. I need a better lens for pond photos…or a duck blind…or perhaps a really good costume. Ducks and other waterfowl are quite skittish and don’t believe that my intentions are quite harmless.
I also need to study my bird guide more carefully. I find ducks more confusing than birds, perhaps because I am viewing them from a greater distance. I know there have been at least four different ducks, two shore birds, and the heron here in the last three days. I think the ducks have been bufflehead, merganser, canvas back, and ring necked, but I could be wrong. Earlier we have had scaups and mallards. Most of the time I send photos to people who know ducks and they identify them for me.
Watching ducks is not an activity that I would have sought out on my own, nor one I could do in many other locations. It is just a gift from God that brings added peace to this stage of my life. It brings back happy memories of walks in the park with my parents and grandparents. It brings back memories of time spent on the ranch with our ducks and geese. It brings back memories of fishing on the river with my dad. Watching the ducks on the pond is calming and soothing and at times even mesmerizing. They are so graceful and appealing.
I hope that the added rainfall is equally beneficial to the two wildlife preserves we frequent and that we will be able to visit them soon. And I hope there is a body of water somewhere near you, so you can watch a few ducks.