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Yesterday afternoon, I zipped down to the spillway below Hoover Reservoir. You're looking at the drinking water for a major chunk of the Columbus area. It also happens to be a place where waterfowl gather when much of the reservoir is frozen. While yesterday's temps reached above freezing, we've had a fairly good stretch of subzero temperatures.
This drake wood duck stole the show yesterday. It is just a simply stunning bird. This by far is the best look at one I've ever had, and it's simply beautiful. Wood ducks are quite wary, and as this one approached, it had its eye on me the whole time.
The platform above the spillway is becoming such a popular and busy place, for both birdwatchers and fitness enthusiasts who climb the dam's long stretch of concrete stairs, that the ducks seem even less wary of people. So, if you've never gone to Hoover, I urge you to, it's a great place to see waterfowl relatively closeup.