COLD DUCK – 1/27/10

Not the sparkling wine by Andre but the cold ducks at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge  in Oceanville, NJ. 

 I drove thru part of the refuge (at 47,000 acres, just a small part) along the Wildlife Drive on a recent winter day.   In the distance in sparkling sunlight, but worlds away, lay my old hometown.

More close at hand, in the biting chill were some of the birdlife, trying to survive.  Why didn’t that heron go to Warm Sanibel?

5 Responses to “COLD DUCK – 1/27/10”

  1. Marie Judge Says:

    Hey Ralph!

    This is just what I needed to see before heading off to work. BRRRRRRR!

    If it was so cold why wasn’t the water frozen? At least at the edges …
    What makes them go into the water at all when it’s so cold? Exercise?


  2. Ralph Berglund Says:

    Hi, Marie – This is tidal salt water so it takes a lot of cold to freeze. In the second image you’ll see ice on the marshy shoals. Someone there told me that even the ponds had been frozen a couple of weeks ago. They go into the water just as you and I go to Shop-Rite…to get something to eat. Good stuff on the bottom of the ponds. They’re better insulated than we are; they have genetically engineered wetsuits.

  3. Kathleen Says:

    Ralph, I plan to take a ride to this lovely location and hope to get some nice wildlife photos. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ralph Berglund Says:

    Hey, Kathleen – there’s an SJCC field trip to Forsythe in May. Thanks, also, for your comments about my pbase galleries. Forget your “bucket list”; if not now, when?

  5. Kathleen Says:

    Ohhh, great, I will sign up for the May trip!!!

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