The clouds were heavy, giving flat light to any photos I attempted. But that is the way it sometimes is.
One of the reasons for them getting stirred up might have been the presence of a couple of Bald Eagles, an adult and immature. They didn't come all that close to me, and neither of them made any attempts to directly harass the geese, but the geese sure seemed extra nervous.
Various species of ducks were around in quite small numbers. There was a single Canvasback.
There were 5 Redheads, including this male.
Closer, and in the channel, was this female Redhead, below. It shows a little more white around the base of the bill than female Redheads normally would show. There are other characteristics that don't fit the 'normal' look of a female Redhead, but given that this genus (Aythya) of ducks regularly hybridize, it is possible that this individual might have some other species' genes somewhere in its heritage. A lot can depend on what stage it is in its moult as well, and individuals can vary.
You can get an idea of how cold it was by the ice clinging to the forehead feathers!
The skies were gray, with a hint of snow in the air. It made for an interesting setting for the light beacon across the channel, quiet at this time of year as there is no boat traffic.
On the way home, I noted a couple of Red-tailed Hawks protecting their food source. Turns out that there are a few less American Crows living among us! I'm not sure whether the Red-tails killed the crows or not, but there were at least 5-6 dead crows in the field. By this time it was getting even duller, so it made getting any photo at all a bit of a challenge.