Byrd Park - Richmond Virginia

Byrd Park

A beautiful Lake at Byrd Park in Richmond Virginia
A beautiful Lake at Byrd Park in Richmond Virginia | Source

Byrd Park

On the outskirts of Richmond, I came across this wonderful park on a day and a time when the light was just magical.

This park is a delight, it will refresh the soul of anyone who visits, if you don't have the time to spare or it is too far away from where you live, then come and share my visit through the lens of my camera.

I had been sightseeing in Richmond looking at monuments, statues and buildings and I was on my way out of Richmond when I came across Byrd Park.

I was tired from all the sight seeing but the natural beauty of this park and its wildlife completely revived me.

I was completely captivated and so refreshed that the next hour or so just flew by it was such a lovely experience that I would like to share with you some of the photographs that I took that day.

Byrd Park

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A beautiful Park with a lake which is home to a variety of wildfowl. The Park also plays host tonumerous events throughout the year.

What a view

As I came down a small embankment from the road where I had parked the car this is the view that greeted me, and what a beautiful view it was.

It was the golden hour when the late afternoon light bathes every in its golden light the hour that my camera loves and I couldn’t wait to see what delights this park had in store for me.

What a View

I love this time of day the light is magical
I love this time of day the light is magical | Source

Canada goose

I was delighted to see that there was many waterfowl on the lake the majority of them being Canadian Geese.

The first one that caught my eye was a Canada goose who looked like it had some sort of injury because I could see some sort of damage to one of its wings.

On the water, this injury seemed not to hamper it at all, as it swam across the water as fast as those around it did.

As it passed in front of me, it saw me and immediately turned towards me.

I think it thought that I might have food for it as it came right to the edge where the water meets the path.

It was to be disappointed, as I had no food with me to give it.

Canada Goose

It passed in front of me, you can see the damaged feathers.
It passed in front of me, you can see the damaged feathers. | Source
It turned and came swimming towards me.
It turned and came swimming towards me. | Source
It came right to the edge I think it was looking for me to feed it. You can see the damage on its wing quite clearly in this photograph
It came right to the edge I think it was looking for me to feed it. You can see the damage on its wing quite clearly in this photograph | Source

A Bow Wave

When this Canada goose saw the injured goose near me it decided it would come over and see me too.

It swam towards me so fast that a bow wave formed in front of it. Just look at how low it is in the water and how high the water is in front of its chest.

It looked like a boat does when it moves fast through the water creating its bow wave. It made for a lovely photograph don’t you think?

A Bow Wave

Look at the size of this bow wave in front of this goose
Look at the size of this bow wave in front of this goose | Source

Canada Geese and Sheep Dogs?

It seems that the large number of Canada Geese and the resulting dropping that they produce at the Park has become a real problem.

This problem has made it necessary for the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities to hire a professional goose management team to manage the geese.

The management team aims to encourage these geese to seek a more suitable place to settle, I guess that means anywhere else but here.

How do they aim to do that? Well surprisingly, they have trained Border Collies to do this work. The dogs are trained and will not harm the geese just encourage them to go elsewhere.

It seems like the parks domestic geese and the wild ducks are allowed to stay it is just the Canada Geese that are being encouraged to leave.

However there was no sign of Border Collies on the day I was there.

Canada Geese Make a Mess

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What doe that sign say?
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We are being encouraged to leave
We are being encouraged to leave | Source
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Use to being Fed

I think that these park birds are use to mums and toddlers feeding them because as soon as this mum and toddler showed up the birds came from all points in the park.

When they neared the edge of the water they left the water and started to make their way towards the mum and toddler.

It seemed sweet at first but the mother and her little girl started to get real uneasy as they just came closer and closer.

These birds don't seem to be afraid of people and they just kept on coming towards the mum and the little girl in the end mum picked the little girl up and beat a hasty retreat.

Did someone say food?

Advances Spurned

I saw several males trying to get the attention of the females; this male Canada goose did not seem to have much luck with his female.

I think it might be that his technique left something to be desired. First, he hits her on the back of her neck with his head that I heard the blow connect.

Not getting the response he wanted he starts to honk loudly in her ear and it was loud even from where I was standing.

Still getting no response from her, he steams off at high speed in what looks like a sulk because she spurned his advances.

The look on her face seems to be saying ‘What was that all about?’

Advances Spurned

First he hits her on the back of her neck with his head
First he hits her on the back of her neck with his head | Source
Then he honks loudly in her ear
Then he honks loudly in her ear | Source
Getting no response, he steams off at high speed in a huff. look how fast he is travelling that is a pretty big bow wave forming.
Getting no response, he steams off at high speed in a huff. look how fast he is travelling that is a pretty big bow wave forming.

The Right Place At The Right Time

Sometimes you are at the right place at the right time and if you are fortunate you have your camera with you.

This was one of those times for me, I love these next two photographs.

Do you think the second goose was camera shy?

Perfecto

Reflection Perfection
Reflection Perfection | Source
Do you think it was camera shy?
Do you think it was camera shy? | Source

Gulls

There were other kinds of birds there besides the Canadian Geese I am not really sure what kind these are they look like some sort of small gull to me.

If you know what they are, I would love to have their right name on the photograph instead of my best guess.

The first one photograph me in mind of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds.

Gulls

This puts me in mind of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds.
This puts me in mind of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds. | Source

A Most Peculiar Duck

I saw this duck and I don’t know what kind it is and I am not sure whether it should look like this or if it has something wrong with it.

A Most Peculiar Looking Duck

Ring-necked Ducks

There were a variety of ducks on the water these little ducks are called Ring-necked ducks. The males or Drakes are the black colored ones and the females are the brown colored ones.

These little ducks feed mainly by diving for their food i.e. aquatic plants, aquatic insects and insect larvae along with small fish.

You might be able to see in the last three photos some of the small water droplets on their heads and backs after they have been diving.

Ring-necked Ducks

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Duck and Drake
Duck and Drake | Source
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Preening
Preening | Source
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Finally

There was also this pair of ducks they swam together but I don’t know if they are a couple

Mallard and Mate?

They make a nice pair
They make a nice pair | Source
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Pigeon

This pigeon looked definitely out of place among all these waterfowl but he didn't seem intimidated by them.

A Pigeon

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Thanks For Stopping By

Well I hope that you have enjoyed your virtual visit to Byrd Park I know my camera and I loved the place and now I hope that you do too.

Thanks for stopping by and I will leave you with just a few more views of the park.

Thanks For Stopping By

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Thanks for stopping by come back and see us again some time
Thanks for stopping by come back and see us again some time | Source

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Comments 19 comments

susan 4 years ago

brilliant it feels like I have been walking round with u...


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Sue next time you probably will be luv maggs :Ds


Joan Whetzel 4 years ago

amazing photos. thanks for posting. It refreshed my soul just viewing them.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Oh my... you take such beautiful photo's. Byrd Park is beautiful. I'm sure it will attract lots of people in the Summer... even spring. I enjoyed reading the stories too. :-)


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much for leaving a comment Elena I am so pleased that you enjoyed the Hub and that you liked the photographs.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Joan thank you so much for your lovely comment it really blessed me :D


Renae 4 years ago

Always enjoy your photos and writings.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much Renae I am so pleased that you like the photographs I still remember those deep snow ones of yours I have never seen snow that deep before lol..

Thank you so much for leaving a comment I really appreciate you doing that it is always wonderful to see your name appear on any of my bits and pieces love Maggie :D


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Oh Maggs, what a wonderful time you had at Byrd Park and thank you so much for sharing these moments. Your photography is just beautiful, you are very patient to capture these amazing shots, I could start picking out my favourites, but I would just end up listing them all here!!! That duck was fairly scooting along to create a bow wave like that!!! I love the "Advances Spurned" set of three photos with the rippled reflections enhancing the patterns and colours of the two ducks, just beautiful!!! The opal colours in the pigeon are just dazzling!!! Oh, I said I wouldn't do this!!! Your photography is just so exciting, so glad I found this, my votes and best wishes to you Maggs and sharing of course!!!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

I'm so glad you shared your thoughts and photos of a place I once called home. Byrd Park is a beautiful, peaceful park. I loved taking my son there. Beautiful, beautiful photos.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Annie, your comments always give me a real lift; you are so generous with your praise. I am so pleased that you enjoyed looking at the photographs, the courting ritual was a real hoot to watch the male was really trying to impress female but she didn’t seem to want to know poor chap lol..

Still I got some fun photos so his efforts were not in vain, thank you so much for sharing and voting up I am so grateful and appreciate you doing that very much.


Yonder Moon 4 years ago

Sounds an enchanting place..some splendid photos


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Yonder Moon it is an enchanting place and its free, can it get any better lol... ? Thank you for your kind words I am so pleased that you liked the photographs :D


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love the architecture surrounding that park...the pictures of the birds are exquisite...what a lovely park. You live in such a great area...the history surrounds you....sigh! Great hub!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Actually I do live in a great area but not this one lol...

I visited this park when I was staying at my daughter's home over Christmas I live in Spain and she lives not far from Richmond Virginia where this park is.

Thank you so much for your kind words Billy, it does not surprise me that you live what you preach, thanks for spreading your happiness to my little hub maggs :-D


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nickupton 3 years ago from Bangkok

Great photos. It reminds me of when I was younger, I used to love going to feed the ducks and geese in our local park.


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Nick, I am so pleased that it brought back some pleasant memories and I am really happy that you liked the photos :D


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MsDora 16 months ago from The Caribbean

The goose was beautiful even when it was hiding from the camera. Thanks for the beautiful natural and structural view of Virginia. Excellent!


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maggs224 16 months ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you MsDora I am glad that you enjoyed looking at the geese. My son and I came upon this park when we were returning from sightseeing and took a wrong turn. It was a serendipitous encounter that we were both blessed by :D Thank you once again for taking the time to leave a comment it is very much appreciated .

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