Muscovy Duck (Domestic), © Photo by Steve Kaye

Visit Your Local Park | Mar 2018

If you visit your local park, you might see these birds.

Muscovy Duck (Domestic), © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Blog Post: "Visit Your Local Park"

Muscovy Duck (Domestic), Landing

Lately, I’ve been going for walks in Tri-City Park, Placentia, CA.

While walking, I’ve taken photos of birds.

Admittedly, some of these birds are domestic hybrids. So no one will become famous for reporting them to the American Ornithological Society as a new species. But you can still enjoy watching these birds act like birds.

Domestic Duck, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in Blog Post: "Visit Your Local Park"

Domestic Duck, Who Came by to Visit

Since these birds see people every day, they have become accustomed to being near them.

For example, this Domestic Duck walked up to me while I was sitting on a bench. Then it stood a few feet away for minutes.

While there, I told the duck that I liked the color of its feathers. Notice that the duck seems pleased.

Egyptian Goose, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Blog Post: "Visit Your Local Park"

Egyptian Goose, Who Posed for This Photo

Their tolerance for being near people makes it easy to take close up photos. Sometimes it seems that these birds are posing.

Canada Goose, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Blog Post: "Visit Your Local Park"

Canada Goose, Demonstrating a Perfect Two-Point Landing

If you have your camera ready, you might be able to take photos of interesting behavior, such as this Canada Goose landing on the lake.

Notice how the goose is using its wings and tail to reduce its air speed. And it has its feet (toes, actually) ready to meet the water like water skies.

Cassin's Kingbird, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in Blog Post: "Visit Your Local Park"

Cassin’s Kingbird, a Master at Aerial Agility

And if you watch carefully, you might find special visitors, such as this Cassin’s Kingbird. It was perched in a tree, watching for bugs that it could snatch in the air.

Of course, your results will depend upon where you live. Each area has its own collection of local birds.

So enjoy your local park.

Much success,

Steve Kaye
Visit these birds at:

Canada Goose: Feathers Make the Goose

The Egyptian Goose: Meet Father Goose

Other Domestic Ducks: Funny Birds

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  • Kris Risley
    Posted at 10:07h, 03 March

    As always I love love love your blog!. I live in the middle of Santa Fe and this morning I had a special visitor to my backyard; a gorgeous Coopers Hawk, who struck a perfect pose for me. I’m delighted to say I took several beautiful photos of him. . Thanks Steve, I am a huge fan.

  • Eileen Brownell
    Posted at 08:34h, 04 March

    Well done as always!!! Thank you.

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 04:31h, 06 March

    I live in the UK so don’t see these birds, but thank you for these lovely photos. We have just had a very cold spell and I have been feeding the birds. My neighbour and I stood watching a robin in her tree, his feathers all fluffed up against the cold. She told me he had been watching me put out the food, in anticipation of his lunch. Sorry, I haven’t a photo!

  • Brigitte Noel
    Posted at 15:01h, 06 March

    Indeed, the duck looks like he registered your compliment.. No doubt about it. Your images reach into each bird’s spirit and give a glimpse of their individual personality. Have you ever thought of putting a book together?
    Love the Egyptian goose and the Canadian goose landing is just plain fun.

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