What a difference a day makes....in fact, a couple of hours. After a night of rain showers, there was going to be a brief window of time before more clouds moved in this morning. I headed out early just to see what was out.
The sun was out when I arrived and the Great Blue Heron was sunning on a favorite tree. I talked with the park ranger for a while and we walked on back to the marsh area.
Several deer were out and blended so well into the background we didn't see them at first. The wetland area looks so different without the green lush foliage of the spring and summer.
Lots of Mallards were flying in and beginning to congregate on the pond. The males were busy chasing each other while the females were nonchalantly preening their feathers.
A group of Ring-billed Ducks were at the far side of the pond. I had my 4/3 camera with me so set in on 4x optical zoom with a 300mm lens. Not the best shot but it let me see what kind of ducks they were.