A Young Wood Duck

Tuesday, October 26, 2021,

This is a juvenile male Wood Duck that I found at Frank Melville Park in Setauket five days ago. He’s fairly handsome now but come next year, he’ll be absolutely amazing. Like something out of a Peter Max painting. Many male ducks dress a little fancier than their female counterparts, but Wood Ducks take it to an extreme. A wonderful, magnificent extreme. JK



Bronx Cheer

Thursday, January 7, 2021,

This is a male Northern Shoveler duck I encountered at Frank Melville Park in Setauket. Now, I can’t be certain but it sure looks like he’s giving me a Bronx Cheer. Or, depending on where you live, he might be blowing me a Raspberry. Or maybe, just maybe, he’s just using that magnificent bill to sieve out small invertebrates and seeds from the pond water. It’s hard to say.

I can’t imagine what I did or said to elicit this response. Perhaps he’s aware of my work as a photographer and is less than impressed. I’d rather believe that he just wants to be left alone and that I should be on my way. JK