One of the highlights of the circuit we regularly walk is going to the River Park (home of the famous GIG Green Island Gazebo) which overlooks the Hudson River just below the Federal Dam in Troy.
|Dorothy skiing through River Park, river and dam on the right|
|Looking south from park after an ice storm.|
|Mother's Day fishing mayhem|
|American Shad...fishing for this fish was called off last year because it's numbers are down.|
|I actually saw this pair copulating after taking this picture.|
One of my favorite winter ducks that frequents the open water on the river is the Common Goldeneye.
|I didn't take this picture|
|Three male and two female Common Mergansers in Hudson by River Park.|
|Female's rusty red head plumage is very cool (borrowed image)|
Both of these species are diving ducks and nest mainly in Canada. They are welcome visitors in the heart of winter.
My special affection for the Goldeneye probably is because I was lucky enough to see several males wooing a female a couple of springs ago. Here's a video of their dramatic courtship display. http://ibc.lynxeds.com/video/common-goldeneye-bucephala-clangula/male-courtship-display and if that's not enough excitement for you here's an "extreme closeup" of a pair copulating in Norway in 2009. http://ibc.lynxeds.com/video/common-goldeneye-bucephala-clangula/pair-copulating-extreme-close
More bird porn in upcoming posts!