Some Winter Birds

I took a trip over to Cherry Hill Reservoir a few days ago, braving a strong west wind, and got a good bracing workout for myself and the dog.  We also saw some nice birds.  Hundreds of Ruddy Ducks are often resting there in the fall and this trip was no exception: most were resting with the heads tucked in and stiff tails up in the air.  This gal was off by herself.

Female Ruddy Duck with tail down and some morsel in her beak, just cruising along.

Female Ruddy Duck with tail down and some morsel in her beak, just cruising along.

I took a few other shots with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS before giving in to the elements.

This American Coot did not want its picture taken.  We'll see many of these down south next month.

This American Coot did not want its picture taken. We’ll see many of these down south next month.

A Double-crested Cormorant preening in the stiff west wind.  This was taken at long-range zoom.

A Double-crested Cormorant preening in the stiff west wind. This was taken at long-range zoom.

This snappy-looking Bufflehead flew in and dove before he saw me, and popped up for this shot.  Great bird.

This snappy-looking Bufflehead flew in and dove before he saw me, and popped up for this shot. Great bird.

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