I am amateur photographer and nature enthusiast Joe DuChene, and this is my personal website. My goal is to promote The Great Swamp Conservancy of which I am a member. Please visit their official sites linked here on the blogroll. Better yet come hike the conservancys east side trail system, it's what I enjoy and where all these images were captured.
Mid to late summer as their ducklings become juveniles Mallard Ducks acquire what is known as eclipse plumage. As a result of the yearly molt males lose their distinctive shiney green heads and look suprisingly like females. Looking closely you can tell the difference – male beaks are of a greenish hue while the females are yellow and black.
During the few weeks of the molt the ducks are incapable of flight. This fact is what inabled me to take this photo; otherwise the birds would have flown upon noticing my arrival.
When courtship begins in the fall the males will have their distinctive look back and the cycle of life continues.
A colorful and beautiful bird you’re just as apt to see at at a bird feeder as in the wild, is the Blue Jay. This is a photo I am particularily fond of which was taken in the fields of the Great Swamp Conservancy.
The next photo is of a colorful bird you most likely will not find at your feeder. However within the Conservancy this year there seemed to be quite a few, Blue-winged Warblers.
This last bird photo was taken this morning near the Beaver dam, a ten to fifteen week old male Ring-necked Pheasant. It was an exciting find for me as I know last year the GSC released numerous pheasants into the wild which were raised here. So it would seem their efforts have paid off! This male will have a shiny green head in another four to five weeks. I’d like my shot at photographing him again at that time.
Nature is always evolving and so is life within the confines of the GSC. Why not come out to the trails and see what is new today and at the same time you may even be adding a little color to your life.