Duck Attack!

When we left Maroon Bells (Colorado), we headed through Independence Pass (quite a journey in itself! … hitting low visibility and heavy snow showers at the peak … and a view straight down the mountainside!) on our way to Mount Evans. Once we reached our turnoff to head up to Mount Evans, we drove a ways up the windy road and made a stop at Echo Lake. Not having been here before, we decided to stop and walk around Echo Lake a bit before heading up the Mount Evans Road.

As we approached the lake, a large group of ducks immediately swam over to us and began “attacking” us (guess people must feed them on a regular basis). But before they got too close (I had left my macro lens back in the car!), I managed to get a few images:

 

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I’m not sure of the ID of these ducks, but I’m thinking female Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). Usually when I see ducks, there are some males present and that makes identification a lot easier! But none today … where are the guys when you need them! I did get one more that shows some wing color:

 

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I’d appreciate any ID feedback anyone wants to give! Tomorrow’s post will be another critter from Echo Lake.

 

 

 

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