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