Bird Weekly: Birds in Black & White

Lisa Coleman has a new photo challenge called Bird Weekly. Each week is a different topic: this week it is Black & White or Sepia, and it is my first time participating.

Our main source of entertainment in the last several months at our senior community has been our resident birds. Two pairs of swans are brought to campus every March and are taken back in October. They are supposed to scare away the Canada geese – in this they have been a total failure!! We also have ducks, geese and a heron who drops in every day.

A lucky shot – the heron, one of the swans and a lot of ducks in the same photo!
This is one of several duck families here. I took this in early July and now these little ones are nearly grown!
I never knew until this year, when having plenty of opportunities to observe these birds, that they groom themselves so much!
I like this shot of the heron silhouetted in the setting sunlight reflected on the lake.
We had no cygnets this year – “Duchess” got up off her nest in a violent storm and her five eggs were blown into the lake! It was quite a tragedy here!
This cellphone shot isn’t too clear, but I was playing around with different effects on SnapSeed, and came up with this.

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