Date: 11/10/17 12:48 pm From: Robert O'Brien <baro...> Subject: [obol] Re: I've seen better
Rate this photo?
When I clicked on Mike's blog link http://www.surfbirds.com/commu nity-blogs/northcoastdiaries/ I wondered, is this really a 'bad' Wood Duck photo, as Mike labeled it? Well sure, although small, it's clearly not a Wood Duck photo, it's a Great Blue Heron photo.
But then I clicked to get the photo's web address and then entered that into the browser.
Bingo, the original photo was actually 2x larger (but had been reduced by the blog editor software) and it showed the Wood Duck looking down on the Great Blue Heron from a superior position. What a great photo. Although identifying the duck, or even the heron, before enlargement is not completely obvious it's thus a sort of bird quiz Or a test for careful observation (which I failed). But, more than that it shows a lot about behavior, habitat, etc. The date of the photo was not given in Mike's blog post so I wondered if it was taken in early spring, when Wood Ducks would be searching for nesting holes. I'm sure on the web one could find many dozens of excellent Wood Duck photos, even females, so adding one more would not be a major breakthrough. But this photo is. So, in my view, this is a 'great' photo, I'm glad I got to see it and only wish I had taken it.
PS I do have some experience with nest-hole-hunting Wood Ducks. One time I heard some scratching and opened the door of a wood stove connected through the wall by an inverted L-shaped stove pipe. A female Wood Duck flew out.
On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 7:09 PM, Mike Patterson <celata...> wrote: