While visiting our son in San Juan Capistrano, California, last month, we went to Sulphur Creek Reservoir in Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Even though it was midday and in an urban environment, this small lake was filled with waterfowl.
Two birds that caught my eye were a pair of Mallards. They were swimming around the lake together the entire time we were there.
The female (in the foreground) seemed more active than the male. For example, at one point she performed what seemed like a flirty dance for the male as shown below.Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO800)
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO800)
Several seconds later she dropped low into the water. The male was very interested in this turn of events and moved closer to the female . . .
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1250)
. . . and then did what comes naturally.
Canon EOS 7D (600mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO1600)
This situation didn’t last long. Soon the female escaped and swam away, but the male followed her closely, apparently interested in more fun.
Canon EOS 7D (273mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec, ISO500)
In all my wandering around rural Southern Louisiana, I don’t think I have ever seen so many different species of birds in one spot at one time. Many photographers suggest that the best bird photo ops occur where lots of people visit and, therefore, the birds are accustomed to humans. This little lake, in a public park surrounded by concentrated residential areas and a large shopping center, seemed to fit the bill.
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