Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Live from Las Vegas - Exotic Swimmers?

Not those kind of exotic swimmers - pull your mind out of the gutter!

These were Chinese Geese, swimming happily in the large pond at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. They are certainly not countable, as they are a released captive flock that are fed and supported by the park staff. They are cool looking birds though, and ran a wide spectrum of light to dark color variation.

There were also some domestic Mallards thrown in the mix. At the time I thought I was on to a hotbed of leucism in Mallards until I read that the white coloring is an attribute of the domesticated varieties of this species.

They made an interesting and colorful alternative to the countless Canada Geese that are so prevalent at every pond, lake and reservoir in Colorado.

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