No, they weren’t all in my yard today. Last week I went to lunch with some friends at the nearby local community college (the college culinary program has a great restaurant). I noticed lots of birds in and around the ponds at the college, so today I went back with my camera and took some photos.

There were cypress trees hanging over the edge of the pond I visited.

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There were lots of White Ibis moving around the edges of the pond.

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The birds picked in the grass.

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And they waded in the water and picked at things in the water too.

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I never knew before today that the White Ibis has really blue eyes.

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This is a young ibis, still retaining some brownish feathers on its head.

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Ibis in the water.

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From there I walked down to where I’d seen two ducks in the water. To my surprise the ducks promptly emerged from the water and approached me.

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Then they stood around in front of me, looking like Lulu when she wants a cookie. Apparently people have fed these ducks and now they expect it.

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I don’t think these are any specific kind of duck, probably a mix of duck varieties. Both had white around their necks. The bigger one had more dark brown on its head and body.

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The smaller one was a lighter brown with more tan.

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After a little while the ducks gave up on getting food from me and walked back down to the pond. In the meantime a group of Canada Geese had arrived in the pond.

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We had lots of geese at the school where I used to teach–the geese would even sit on the roofs of the buildings now and then. The geese I saw today seemed relatively lively compared to the ones I was used to from school, and I had a chance to get a few action shots. Here’s a goose taking off over the pond.

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And a front view of another goose landing.

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Goose in the pond.

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All in all, a nice photography expedition. I had hoped to see some egrets too, but there weren’t any around today. I’ll have to go back sometime and try again.

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