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Whenever I am traveling for work I try to find some local wildlife to photograph. I am currently in Vienna, Austria and yesterday morning I went for a short walk in the Stadtpark, a park in central Vienna that is not far from my hotel. In the small pond there I found mostly mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos), a species with which I am quite familiar.  One duck, however, really stood out because it had such unusual markings.

I focused my attention and my camera on this particular duck. Its shape looked to be similar to that of normal mallards and I wonder if this might be some kind of hybrid. I suppose that it could be another species altogether, though it did not look like any of the species in the photographic list I found on-line of the birds of Austria.

Whatever the case, this bird struck me as being a bit of an odd duck.

duck in Vienna

duck in Vienna

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I will be heading home soon after my brief stay in Vienna, Austria and thought I would post a few last wildlife photos that I took here. These images help reinforce to me the notion that there is always something interesting in nature to photograph, no matter where I happen to be.

The first image is an unidentified species of frog that I encountered at the edge of a pond while wandering about the Donau-Auen National Park. It reminds me of the Southern Leopard Frog that I often see at home in Northern Virginia.

frog in VIenna

The second image appears to be a Viennese Banded Snail (Cepaea vindobonensis) that I also spotted in the National Park.  I thought that it was really cool the way that it had attached itself to the vegetation.

Viennese Banded Snail

The final image shows what I believe to be a Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) that I saw at the Stadtpark (“city park”) not far from the hotel where I am staying. I always find swans to be beautiful and graceful, even when located in an urban environment.

swan in Vienna

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When you travel to a well-known location, do you feel compelled to take some touristy photos of the famous landmarks? I confess that I almost always feel a need to take at least a few shots of the iconic sights.

In Vienna, one of the most photographed monuments is the gold-plated bronze statue of Johann Strauss II in the City Park (Stadt Park). Strauss was an Austrian composer in the 19th century and is probably best known for popularizing waltzes. The statue itself was unveiled to the public in 1921 and was covered in gold in 1991, replacing the gold that had been removed in 1935.

One of the more interesting things about the statue is that people are permitted to climb right up next to the statue to have their picture taken. It was a lot of fun to watch the various poses that people would assume, including one lady who posed while trying to hold upright a large pitbull-type dog.

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