Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Laughing Duck at Kit Carson Park

Ruddy Ducks breed in California. Their numbers are supplemented in the winter by birds migrating out of the northern parts of this bird's range. Those winter birds are fairly drab, males and females somewhat similar brown with a patch of paleness on the cheeks. In the spring, though, the male sports that deep ruddy color for which it is named. Below is a photo of this happy duck. Okay, maybe I'm anthropomorphizing slightly. Or maybe not. Can you prove this duck isn't merrily laughing?

Laughing Duck or Ruddy Duck, depending upon your imagination
 Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck. April 19, 2019. Escondido, California.

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