“Take my picture, take my picture!”
Black-Necked Stilt at Camelback Lake in Scottsdale, above, and the Aflac duck at the beginning.
I stopped by some of the local Scottsdale lakes on a couple of afternoons after work last week: Marguerite Lake, Camelback Lake, and Chaparral Lake (yes, Scottsdale has a lot of lakes; there are plenty more).
If ducks aren’t Mallards, I don’t know what they are…I think the white ones are Pekin Ducks but I wouldn’t swear to it.
Below is a surprise bird that I may have not noticed if some young guy who was fishing on the shore hadn’t pointed him out to me. He was hiding up in a pine tree, overlooking the water, maybe hoping to share in the guy’s catch.
Black-Crowned Night Herons are the most common heron in North America but this is only the 2nd I’ve seen. The last one was last year at a different Scottsdale lake. I mostly see Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets at these lakes (although I didn’t see any of them last week).