WordPress weekly photo challenge: The world through my eyes

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Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “the world through my eyes”. Remember you can click on each image to see a larger view. If you like what you see, feel free to subscribe and receive nature photography updates a few times a week.

The world through my eyes seems pretty young right now. Besides my kids, I’ve been enjoying a lot of baby animals all around. Here are just a few I happened to spot yesterday and the day before.

A couple of days ago, I spent a little time by a local pond. While there, I noticed a lot of young birds, including this  juvenile black-crowned night heron. He wasn’t shy at all and let me take a nice picture of him.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: The world through my eyes - juvenile black-crowned night heron
WordPress weekly photo challenge: The world through my eyes – juvenile black-crowned night heron

I also got to see plenty of ducks, like this young wood duck, who doesn’t have all his fancy markings yet. You can see more photos of ducks here.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: The world through my eyes - juvenile wood duck
WordPress weekly photo challenge: The world through my eyes – juvenile wood duck

I was lucky enough to spot these two juvenile great blue herons in their nest at the very top of the tree. Check out the hummingbird who came to say hi to them. They seemed quite intrigued. If you ask me, these young herons are way too big to wait for home to bring their food and should go fly out on their own already.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: The world through my eyes - great blue herons
WordPress weekly photo challenge: The world through my eyes – great blue herons

There are plenty of swallows around San Diego, specifically cliff swallows, who come in the spring to breed. They build their gourd-shaped mud nests on the outside walls of many homes, including my neighbor’s this year. I heard a lot of noise yesterday afternoon so I felt compelled to check it out. This is what I saw: many cliff swallows chatting with each other, while a juvenile swallow was sitting in the nest. There were actually a few more of them but they left by the time I grabbed my camera.

WordPress weekly photo challenge: The world through my eyes - cliff swallows
WordPress weekly photo challenge: The world through my eyes – cliff swallows

I hope you enjoyed these quick snapshots of the world through my eyes, at least for these past few days.

Mallard ducks and wood ducks

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It was a beautiful day yesterday and I decided it would be a great opportunity to take my youngest to our local ponds and feed the ducks. There have been lots of babies born this spring and they are growing very fast. So fast, most of them look like adults now. Well, expect for this juvenile wood duck, who displays plenty of down feathers still.

Juvenile wood duck
Juvenile wood duck

Here’s another wood duck, this one a little older but still not displaying all the bright colors the wood duck is famous for.

Young wood duck
Young wood duck

Of course, the most common duck there is the mallard. The female mallard duck features mostly plain brown feathers but I love how the early morning light reflects the bright blue sky into the dark water to give it a beautiful blue hue. A nice contrast with the bland feathers of the female mallard duck.

Female mallard duck
Female mallard duck

There were tons of mallard ducks at the pond, and of course many duck couples. If you let them, they’d overtake the place. Oh wait, they already do!

Mallard duck couple
Mallard duck couple