How cute is this little guy? He was preening, and I'm not sure why he stretched his leg out like that, but it really was cute. It looks like bird yoga! I think he's maybe a juvenile merganser. Lots of turtles around too. The pond is pretty high right now, so they were all sunning on this log. I converted this one to black and white (and cropped) because I really liked how the water looks like wood grain here.
The otters showed up again today! Finally! I was starting to think they weren't coming back! This is out at the Yolo Basin Wildlife Area, and the pond gets stocked with trout for a festival in February. After the festival the otters show up for dinner. There were four of them there today. Many good shots to choose from, but overall I really liked this one. The expression comes with a snort. They're curious and come up kind of close, then they stick their heads way out of the water and snort at you. I like that the tail is out too so it gives an idea of their size. Plus the reflection is just how I like it. Happy day!