A couple of Eastern Amberwings at #gatewaypark on #arbrook in #arlingtontx this was the very first time I have seen the spotted winged female and yes this is kind of a weird mating shot. The male just for IS purposes is the one with the solid wings. #dragonflies the formation dragonflies make when mating is called the #matingwheel in some species it almost makes a #heart shape to it. These are our smallest Dragonflies and are quite common at any pond that you could go to. They are almost as common as Eastern Pondhawks, Blue Dashers, and Black Saddlebags. These are one of my favorite #odonata species but I really like the #bigger ones if I can find them. I take whatever I can and don't mind taking #duplicatephotos I am not picky on species and love to try and better my photography for each species. Some species are harder for me to take than others and give me some more practice. I love dragonflies a lot and find them #irresistible to #watch#photograph#write about. They are so #cool and wonderful. I have a lot of ponds near my Arlington Home but I do like to challenge myself and go on trips to try and find things I just don't get in my area. My heart #wanders and there are creatures and plants and things that are found nowhere else; so tracking different species is very fun and rewarding. Just get out and #explore . Take sometime to #enjoy the #beauty and #majesty of nature. The #flora and #fauna are waiting for you. #explore your extended #backyard . I love my extended back yard. I love my backyard but I love to get out and explore the world we share with #wildlife . It is a truly #special#world with a #magic of its own. #respect it and #care for it. There is no other #planet to run to so we are stuck with what we have for now so we need to do our best to do what we can and each good thing we do for the environment will build on in time. It is not up to just one person but humanity as a collective voice.
And now time for perhaps my absolute favorite fish eating duck! Say hello to the Hooded Merganser. This photo was taken at #gatewaypark on #arbrook#arlington#texas these guys are one of the most interesting characters I have ever met. If I were a duck I would most likely be this guy. This is the male of the species and was one of the many I saw at the park. These guys are diving ducks and have a serrated toothy bill for snatching up fish. They are one of the most awkward looking duck I have ever encountered and yet one of the most interesting. These guys are brown, white and black with yellow eyes. This duck can raise its crown in such exaggerated motion the way the bill looks when he raises his head in excitement or in their very odd courtship ritual they look like old fireplace billows. In breeding season (which is not when they are here in Texas) they will lift their bodies out of the water and bob their heads and then throw their heads back and make a very weird sound that is made when the bill is rapidly clicked. Its sounds like a weird whirling sound. These birds just come on a little goofy too me and they are quite fun to observe. These are only in Texas in the winter time and I was able to get quite a few of them even a couple of females managed to get into my photo collection. I see more males than females though. Females are all brown with a flatter head. These guys are so cool I love these guys a lot. They don't look real but they are.