Birds in the Park

Fabulous blue headed male Mallard duck
Fabulous blue headed male Mallard duck
Typical green-headed Mallard duck
Typical green-headed Mallard duck

Birds at THE park. Let’s see if you can guess which one.

The Brady Bunch has been gone all week for Spring Break. Typically we head to the mountains with our tents and propane stoves, right? This one turned out totally different. I have a lot of photos to sort through, and it’s a bit overwhelming. So let me begin with the birds and a few of the flowers. Lately I’ve been taking many bird photos from my home office and I’ve developed a habit of noticing birds. So it’s no surprise that when I’m on vacation, I notice the birds there too.

Lucious
Luscious purple clusters
Unfurling into lovliness
Unfurling into lovliness
Lovely yellow petals
Lovely yellow petals

My bird photos were often an after-thought amid the cacophony of colours and sounds and activity bursting around us in calculated displays of amazingness at all times of the day (clue #1). So only a few photos are in focus. I include them all because one fun thing about my week was discovering the variety of birds in a place I did not expect to find so many birds.

Female Mallard duck
Female Mallard duck
Canada Goose
Canada Goose
Seagull
Gull

 

Black Crowned Night Heron, I believe. Isn't this one beautiful?!
Black Crowned Night Heron, I believe. Isn’t this one beautiful?!

 

Sparrow
Sparrow
delicate drops of flowers
delicate drops of flowers

 

You want more clues now, don’t you? I can give photo clues.  The following photos will definitely give it away. What do you think?

Sparrow resting on a sign in the shape of a caterpillar with a name and a ridiculous fake German accent.
Sparrow resting on a sign in the shape of a talking caterpillar with a ridiculous fake German accent. (Clue #2)
An American Coot glides through the water (clue #3).
An American Coot glides through the water. (clue #3) Look at the reflection.

 

Sparrow munches popcorn. (Clue #4)
Sparrow munches popcorn. (Clue #4)
The Ladies of the Tiki Room sing us a song. (Clue #4)
The Ladies of the Tiki Room sing us a song. (Clue #5) Quick, who can name them? Collette, Fifi, Gigi, Josephine, Mimi, and Suzette

Yep, you know it. We were in Disneyland all week. It was crammed full of people, cold & windy except for the very last day, incomprehensibly expensive, and yet….magical in so many ways. It was my very first visit to a Disney park in my whole life.  My faery girl heart was so happy to discover the wonder – the pure Disney perfection of wonder – that was there to be discovered around every single corner.

I can’t wait to show you. Tune back in later!

4 thoughts on “Birds in the Park

    1. That’s exactly what occurred to me, Bruce. Here I was in this frenzied people place, and there were so many birds around. Mostly the kamikaze sparrows that played double-dog-dare-you to see how close they could fly past a human head without actually touching it.

      Thanks for your comments about the flowers. I’ve had my camera for 4 years now, and I still can’t get over how it can do close-ups, compared to my old Olympus point and shoot. I love zoomed in flower photos.

  1. I’ve never heard of a Black Crowned Night Heron!
    What a great week you had and you captured so much of it with your camera.
    My favorite part of my adult to Disney World was the flowers and plantings. Just beautiful! I look forward to hearing more!

    1. Laurie, I had to look up the Heron. I’ve been getting good at bird identification since I started working at home. My favourite was the Coot, however, just because I get to say the word “coot.”

      I am sorry I didn’t get more flower photos. Since you’ve seen it, you know the flowers are wonderful, and everywhere. And it is Spring, so trees were blooming as well.

      I have a ton of photos from the week. I think, since I began with a single theme, I will try to do that with each post. That will also help me get through the heaps of material to work with!

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