Photos copyright © 2010-2014 Kat Avila
Bird videos copyright © 2013-2014 Kat Avila
Locations: Southern California
Cameras: Canon SD780 IS (2010-2012), Canon SX210 IS (2013), Canon SX280 HS (2014)
African Goose (aka domestic Swan Goose), Anser cygnoides domesticus, WATERFOWL FAMILY: This goose is not from Africa but is a descendant of the Chinese Goose or Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides).
African goose
Mason Regional Park
2011.3.1
African geese
"Shall we go in?"
Mason Regional Park
2011.3.1
African geese
Mason Regional Park
2011.3.1
African goose
Mason Regional Park
2011.3.1
African goose
Mason Regional Park
2011.3.1
swan goose
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.15
swan goose
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.15
swan goose
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.29
domestic swan goose
Centennial Regional Park
2013.10.4
American Wigeon, Anas americana, WATERFOWL FAMILY
American wigeons male
male
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.28
American wigeons female
female
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.28
American wigeons female wing
female wing
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.28
American wigeons male
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.28
American wigeon pair
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.28
American wigeon pair
Village Pond Park
2013.11.16
Eurasian Wigeon, Anas penelope, WATERFOWL FAMILY
Eurasian wigeon
immature male (foreground)
with American wigeons
Village Pond Park
2013.11.30
Eurasian wigeon
Village Pond Park
2013.12.7
Eurasian wigeon
Village Pond Park
2013.12.7
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis, WATERFOWL FAMILY: It's a Canada goose, not a Canadian goose. One of the most moving sights you can experience is a V-formation of migratory Canadas honking by overhead, moving at 20-30 miles per hour (C. Williams, p. 116) and flying at altitudes of about 750-3,500 feet (Bellrose, p. 155). There are eleven recognized varieties, which are distinguished from each other by size, i.e., lightweights (small), middleweights (medium), and heavyweights (large) (C. Williams, p. 3). Southern California tends to get the larger, more resonant honkers flying in from nearby northeasterly states (Bellrose, p. 147). The geese have a 28-day incubation period, and you are likely to see goslings between mid-March and early May (C. Williams, p. 31).
Canada goose
Mason Regional Park
Canada geese
Mason Regional Park

RSM
Canada goose
Mason Regional Park
Canada geese
"OH YEAH?!"
RSM
Canada goose
"Hmmm, lots of yummy algae."
Mason Regional Park
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"Got some water in my ear."
Canada goose
Mason Regional Park
Canada goose
"You're bothering me!"
Canada goose
"'Clean all the way to the
ends,' Mama used to say."
Canada goose
"All the wa-a-y…."
Canada goose
Canada geese
with double-crested cormorants
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
Canada goslings
Mason Regional Park
2013.5.6
Canada geese and goslings
Vigilant because a dog
was on a walk in the area.
Mason Regional Park
2013.5.6
Canada goslings
Mason Regional Park
2013.5.6
Canada goslings
gosling secrets
Mason Regional Park
2013.5.6
Cinnamon Teal, Anas cyanoptera, WATERFOWL FAMILY
cinnamon teal
Egyptian Goose (aka Nile Goose, sacred symbol of ancient Egyptian earth god Geb), Alopochen aegyptiacus, WATERFOWL FAMILY: These birds are native to sub-Saharan Africa and began to appear in Orange County through the former drive-through Lion Country Safari, an African wildlife preserve (source: local birder).
Egyptian geese
This pair was used to
approaching students for food.
UCI
Egyptian goose
UCI
Egyptian goose
"Feed me."
UCI
Egyptian goose
"Now where did s/he go?"
UCI
Egyptian geese
"We're still waiting."
UCI
Egyptian geese
feeding on the roof
of a park restroom
Mason Regional Park
Egyptian geese
They suddenly were alert.
Mason Regional Park
Egyptian geese
A man walking his dog
scared them off the roof.
They were noisy and agitated.
Mason Regional Park
Egyptian geese
Mason Regional Park
Egyptian geese
at peace once more
Mason Regional Park
Egyptian goslings
fluffy goslings
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
Egyptian goslings
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
Egyptian goslings
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
Egyptian goslings
mama guards her babies
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
Egyptian goslings
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
Egyptian geese
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
Egyptian geese
close-up
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
Egyptian geese
nice feathers
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
egyptian geese
Mason Regional Park
2013.5.6
Egyptian goose, immature
juvenile/immature
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.15
Egyptian goose, immature
juvenile/immature
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.29
Graylag Goose (domestic type pictured), Anser anser, WATERFOWL FAMILY
domestic graylag goose
Village Pond Park
2013.9.25
domestic graylag goose
Village Pond Park
2013.11.16
domestic graylag goose hybrid
graylag goose
x swan goose hybrid
with American coot
Village Pond Park
2013.11.16
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, WATERFOWL FAMILY: The green-headed male mallard with a dark brown chest is called a drake, and the mostly light-to-medium brown female is called a hen. Mallards are the most commonly found duck in North America (Bellrose, p. 230).
mallard drake
drake
mallard hen
hen
San Diego
mallard hen and ducklings
hen and ducklings
San Diego
mallards
San Diego
mallard pair
Mason Regional Park
2010.3.4
mallard pair
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
mallard and coot
preening alongside a coot
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20, 10:15 a.m.
mallard drake
Its coloring is off,
especially the head feathers.
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20, 10:26 a.m.
mallard pair
doing some stretching
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
mallard drake
"Quack!"
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
mallard and turtles
turtles and drake
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
mallard
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
mallard and ducklings
Mason Regional Park
2013.5.6
mallard ducklings
San Juan Capistrano
2013.5.11
mallard ducklings
San Juan Capistrano
2013.5.11
mallard ducklings
San Juan Capistrano
2013.5.11
Mallard Hybrids
mallard hybrid
resembles mallard x
American black duck
Mason Regional Park
2013.5.6
mallard hybrid
Mason Regional Park
2013.5.6
mallard hybrid
Mason Regional Park
2013.5.6
mallard duck hybrid
crested crown
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.15
mallard duck hybrid
crested crown
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.15
Muscovy Duck, Domestic, Cairina moschata WATERFOWL FAMILY
muscovy duck
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.15
muscovy duck
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.15
muscovy duck
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.15
muscovy duck, domestic
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.15
muscovy duck
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.15
muscovy duck, domestic
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.29
muscovy duck, domestic
juvenile/immature
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.29
muscovy duck, domestic
juvenile/immature
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.29
muscovy duck, domestic
Centennial Regional Park
2013.8.29
muscovy ducks
Village Pond Park
2013.11.30
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor, WATERFOWL FAMILY
mute swan
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata, WATERFOWL FAMILY
northern shoveler pair northern shoveler pair
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
northern shoveler
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
northern shoveler
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
northern shoveler
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
northern shoveler
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
northern shoveler
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
northern shoveler
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
northern shoveler
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
northern shoveler
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
female northern shovelers
female shovelers
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.28
1st-winter male northern shoveler
1st-winter male
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.11.10
Pekin Duck (aka domesticated duck)
Pekin ducks
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
Pekin ducks
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
Pekin ducks
Mason Regional Park
2010.9.29
Pekin ducks
"Haven't seen you in awhile."
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
Pekin duck
Mason Regional Park
2012.1.27
pekin ducks
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
pekin ducks
"You stayin' behind?"
Lago Santa Margarita
2013.1.29
Ruddy Duck, Oxyura jamaicensis, WATERFOWL FAMILY
ruddy duck
in breeding mode with blue bill
Mason Regional Park
2010.3.11
ruddy duck
Mason Regional Park
2010.3.11
ruddy ducks
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
ruddy ducks
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
ruddy ducks
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
ruddy ducks
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
ruddy ducks
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
ruddy duck
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
ruddy duck
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
ruddy duck
Mason Regional Park
2011.10.20
Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata, WATERFOWL FAMILY
surf scoters
Bolsa Chica
2013.3.22
surf scoters
Bolsa Chica
2013.3.22
surf scoters
Bolsa Chica
2013.3.22
surf scoters
Bolsa Chica
2013.3.22
Wood Duck (aka Carolina Duck), Aix sponsa, WATERFOWL FAMILY
wood duck
hen
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
wood duck
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
wood duck
drake
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
wood duck
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
wood duck
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
wood ducks
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
wood ducks
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
wood duck
hen dorsal feathers
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
wood ducks
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16
wood ducks
Irvine Regional Park
2011.5.16