Mallards of Alameda


The small city of Alameda, California, occupies an island in San Francisco Bay, separated from Oakland by a broad channel. Surrounding the island are tidal mud flats and other shoreline habitat that attracts much waterfowl and shorebirds. I took daily walks along the shoreline that was located close to the home of my step-daughter, Laina Levy, and family, while visiting them in Alameda. Found along this piece of shoreline are observation decks that I took advantage of, to take some of the following photos.

Because they are so common, it’s perhaps easy to overlook the extraordinary beauty of mallards. The mallards were very approachable this early Spring, as they had only sex on their minds. Mallard pairs were looking for nest sites amongst the shrubbery of shore-side homes and elsewhere, and made great subjects for my Nikon D80 with 70 – 300 mm lens.

Stay tuned for more bird galleries from this same visit.

Mallard pair on the walkway

Mallard pair on the walkway

Female mallard

Female mallard

Male mallard

Male mallard

Male mallard

Male mallard

Male mallard by the pool

Male mallard by the pool

Male mallard

Male mallard by sidewalk

Pair of fighting mallard males and submerged mallard female

Pair of fighting mallard males and submerged mallard female

 

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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