Had a free day and my normal desire to take some pictures today. But I didn't feel like driving very far. So I decided to check out the birds at Rheudasil Park just five minutes from my house. I've seen some good shots from there on the Flower Mound's Nature Facebook group, and hoped I'd get to add some of my own.
Purple Martin houses? Starlings. And this guy wanted everyone to know it.
Blue Jay seems to be holding that tiny upright twig like a miniature staff.
Mallard drakes. This may be one of my best efforts to capture how they shimmer.
Chinese Goose right as he was taking a plunge into the pond. I wish my burst had gotten him a split second later so I could have some of the splash as he hit the water, but no such luck.
Domestic Goose could.
Green-Winged Teal, also slightly ruffled from the wind.
American Coot was destined to become a meal for someone. He was off by himself, didn't move as I approached, and his eyes were dull and rheumy. Circle of Life, folks.
A chilly visit between the wind and the sub-50-degree temperatures, but a splendid one. It's always nice to see how wildlife can make a comfortable home in an area as developed as ours!