Catch of the Day – 6/30/21
UCSC Arboretum and Neary Lagoon
Santa Cruz, CA

“Catch of the Day” is my new name for posts where I share photo highlights from walks without much commentary.

In this you see Anna’s hummingbirds, California quail, spotted phoebe, wood ducks, mallards, matilija poppies. The male wood ducks have transitioned (or are transitioning) from their delightfully ornate breeding plumage into something more sedate. When they are in the middle of transitioning they look like they tried to dress up for a fancy party but were so drunk that they made a mess of their make-up and clothes. You can easily tell the male and female wood ducks apart by their eye color. Bright red for males, black for females.

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