Waterfowl on Frances Short Pond (Flagstaff)

It’s been a frightfully warm winter, but not so warm as to completely melt the ice on our fair city’s beloved municipal pond near a couple of our public schools. Frances Short was an “educator and city councilperson” in Flagstaff. (For more information, click here.)

The pond and its immediate environs are home to waterfowl (especially mallards and coots), icterids (blackbirds and grackles), corvids (crows and ravens), as well as ospreys.

For full size versions of the first two photos photos below (and similar versions of many other photos I’ve recently uploaded to my pro-photo site), click here

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Here the coot appears to be fleeing from the mallard, but appearances are deceiving.
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Here the coot appears to be flying straight toward the mallard, but appearances are deceiving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two (drake?) mallards fighting, or at least making a heck of a racket with their splashing contest. (View #1)
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Again, these two mallards—the one seemingly shoved under water—are at least making a heck of a racket with their splashing contest. (View #2)
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As the pond catches the late afternoon sun and a gentle wind ripples its surface, we can still make out the coot’s reflection.
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