Tag Archives: Duckweed

Between the Knees

From the still wet duckweed you could tell this young Alligator had recently climbed out of the pond.

Young Alligator, Duckweed
Young Alligator, Duckweed

I hadn’t spotted him until I was right up to him. I backed up to get a view of him threaded through the Cypress Knees.

Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed
Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed

And back a little more to capture the whole pond-side scene.

Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed
Young Alligator, Cypress Knees, Duckweed

Blue-winged Teal Vacuums

Blue-winged Teals often eat in circles, almost like a choreographed dance of vacuum cleaners. There was plenty of duckweed to go around on this day and the wind was keeping it concentrated in one side of the pond, keeping the ducks near the walking path.

Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed
Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed

The duck’s movements leaves trails in the duckweed, indistinguishable from a path made by an underwater Alligator.

Blue Winged Teal
Male Blue Winged Teal

These three female Teals stayed in a row for quite awhile, perhaps because there is safety in numbers.

Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed
Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed

When the light hits them just right the iridescence on the males’ heads is quite pretty.

Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed
Blue Winged Teals Feeding on Duckweed