Category Archives: Lake Takanassee Park

Little red gliding hoods

On a chilly afternoon, a couple of male Redheads (Aythya Americana) enjoyed paddling around a thawed section of the lake. A nearby Canada goose looked on — perhaps with admiration for the rusty cinnamon noggins.

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Lofty soft underbelly

Floating skillfully on a stiff breeze at the edge of Lake Takanassee, with landing gear pulled up neatly, this Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) looked calm yet alert.

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Prismafeathers

Not exactly the best angle for viewing the finer qualities of this Common grackle (Quiscalus quiscula). Even from below, though, its wonderfully iridescent plumage and piercing stare are prominent just the same.

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Coot coterie

Don’t know if this American coot (Fulica americana) is old or not, but at least he seems to have a nice goosey friend.

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Twin Beaks

I think these two synchronized swimmers are male (non-breeding) Ruddy ducks (Oxyura jamaicensis). Small & cute, and with tails at attention, they were paddling around the western end of Lake Takanassee in Long Branch.

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