"The business of art is rather to understand Nature and to reveal her meanings to those unable to understand. It is to convey the soul of a tree… The mission of art is to bring out the unfamiliar from the most familiar." –Khalil Gilbran
The Northern Shoveler is somewhat of a dabbler duck. Favors broad, shallow marshes. Often found using its large bill to strain insects and seeds from the water.
Caught here at rest and contemplation, but often seen with bill to water ferreting out their prizes as they move with purpose. Interesting to observe as they have developed a rhythm of circling, bill immersed in water as they hunt. Like watching a syncopated dance on water, especially with a pair such as this.
One of my favorite little ducks as a photo subject is the Pied-Billed Grebe. I usually see them along, not in a crowd, as they zig-zag across the water. Rather compact and intent on their task. No squabbles with other ducks. I have an affinity with the introverted type.
It’s unfortunately been a while since I’ve been able to post. We’ve moved past the “big move” now, although still unpacking boxes. I think that’s going to be forever. Here’s an American Coot duck from Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.
A common merganser scoping out the low tide at Nisqually Wildlife. The the hairdo on these little guys, they are so cute to watch. The epitome of bad hair days or just plain punk style and ready to rock and roll.
A common loon in the seaside fishing community of Westport. One of the earliest structures in Westport was the Westport Lighthouse dedicated in 1898.
Loons are commonly seen as loners. They are migratory, diving birds, and apparently acquired their name from the way they tend to walk when on land, with an unsteady gait because of the position of their legs toward the back of the body.