Thin, icy knives jabbing out from the sides sliced into the water that was still running through the middle of a creek.
Cavern on the white
This Carolina wren was one of two that were hanging around the old wooden tower at one end of the park.
While its companion checked out higher ground, this one inspected a narrow, cave-like recess at the base of a tree, just above the snow.
(Previous post about a wren.)
Alternately shimmery and shadowy, pockets of powdery snow formed low desert-like dunes across a park path.
Ducky down time
With much of the swampy area iced over, these mallards sheltered in a nearby creek.
As the others tucked their heads in to rest, one female stayed alert, presumably keeping an eye out for trouble.
Posted in Birds, Fauna, Joe Palaia Park
Tagged Anas platyrhynchos, birding, birds, duck, mallard, nature, nature photography, park, waterfowl
A lovely winter prospect was growing along one side of a large fallen tree just off the path around Manasquan Reservoir.
Colorful groupings of fungi and lichens, a bit of leftover snow, and a few wispy weeds in front provided a dense and rich view.
Great blurred owl
Even from a distance and through a cloudy array of view-blurring branches and twigs, this Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus
) was an impressive sight. Its shadowy contour mimicked a large black cat sitting calmly in the treetops.
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Tagged bird, bird of prey, birding, Bubo virginianus, Great horned owl, nature, nature photography, owl, park, woodlands
Smudged by cloud cover, bleached by snow glare, and framed with sweetgum silhouettes, the sun hung white, low, and frosty in the late afternoon.