Saturday, June 19, 2010

Riverfront Scenes with Clouds and Geese

I was intrigued by the towering bank of cumulus cloud behind Ames Mill yesterday while the sun shone down from otherwise pure blue, storm-cleansed skies.

There was a feeding frenzy as adult and already-adolescent mallards and geese rushed to grab the food that was being tossed to them by the couple shown above. I never saw a single young mallard duckling this season -- they must have been on a different stretch of the river -- but now there are plenty of almost full-grown ones about, already showing hints of their adult coloring.

This teenage Canada goose born only a few weeks ago already has his adult chinstrap, but there's still some downy fuzz to be seen. (Click on the photo, or any of the others, for a closer view.)

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