It was a warm and sunny day on Sunday and I took full advantage of what little time I had in the morning for birding. My first stop was the World’s Fair Marina because I figured that the abundant sunlight would provide some good photographic opportunities if the birds would only cooperate. Most of the ducks, including the usually more confiding Canvasbacks, were quite distant, but several Redhead had no problem cooperating for me and my digiscoping rig. I took full advantage and digiscoped like a madman for as long as the birds stayed in close. It was great fun and I am pretty happy with the results, which were much better than what I achieved nearly three years ago.

Most of the images in this post have bigger versions that will pop up if you click on them. Click away and love these ravishing Redheads!

Redhead profile

Redhead Aythya americana

Redhead diving

Oh. That’s why they’re referred to as “diving ducks.”

Redhead with reflection

The water was really as flat as a photographer could hope for.

close up of a drake Redhead

The only thing that bothers me about this picture is the little bit of reflection of the orange boom the bird was swimming in front of.

Redhead tucked

Even when they were tucked up the Redheads tended to keep an eye out for danger.

Redhead with reflection 2

Redhead. What a bird!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.