Unexpected Opportunity

A Kingfisher! I was so excited to see this bird at the spillway. It stayed for about five minutes but it was so far away that I could only hope that one of the photos would come out halfway decent. Secretly, I wished for a perfectly clear shot but I knew that wasn’t going to happen unless I jumped the fence and swam to the little island. But then I would become one of the people bothering the birds. So, of all the photos I took, I can post one somewhat decent one.

Sunset Bay brought an unexpected opportunity for me to photograph some Mallard ducklings. I was happy to see them come so close to me and stay put for a few seconds. I felt much better about the morning especially after knowing that the Kingfishers shots would be blurry at best. So, after about an hour at Sunset Bay, I had photographed a new duck to the area, a green heron, an Eastern Kingbird and the ducklings. I had also seen a Great Egret and a Great Blue Heron. I really should have called this “Expected Opportunities” because there is always something to see and enjoy at the lake.

Kingfisher at White Rock's Spillway - I watched this Kingfisher preening for about 5 minutes before he flew away.  He was far off so I wasn't able to get a very clear shot.  Darn not having one of those super zooms.
Kingfisher at White Rock’s Spillway – I watched this Kingfisher preening for about 5 minutes before he flew away. He was far off so I wasn’t able to get a very clear shot. Darn not having one of those super zooms.
New duck at Sunset Bay
New duck at Sunset Bay
Green Heron - Apparently there are three green herons that have been visiting Sunset Bay.  I was able to see one before he flew off.   I would love to see all three at the same time.
Green Heron – Apparently there are three green herons that have been visiting Sunset Bay. I was able to see one before he flew off. I would love to see all three at the same time.
This Eastern Kingbird was difficult to capture.  He was moving so fast trying to eat as many insects/bugs as he could catch.
This Eastern Kingbird was difficult to capture. He was moving so fast trying to eat as many insects/bugs as he could catch.
The Family
The Family
I had so much fun with these little Mallard ducklings.  I think they were as curious about me as I was about them.  They came fairly close quite a few times.
I had so much fun with these little Mallard ducklings. I think they were as curious about me as I was about them. They came fairly close quite a few times.
Playing in the Waves
Playing in the Waves
I think I was getting too close.
I think I was getting too close.
Just enough morning sunlight...
Just enough morning sunlight…

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