During the winter here in Fairbanks there is a stretch of open water on the Chena river downstream of the cities powerplant. The open water is due to warm water discharge from the plant that even when it hits -40 F is able to keep nearly a mile of the river from freezing over.
In this stretch of the river can be found several hundred mallard ducks that overwinter. They really should not be here, but due to human intervention they are. People feed the ducks in the summer and the fall which I’m sure seems like a fun activity, but it gets the ducks used to being fed and they don’t migrate. There is a non profit that was formed to feed them in the winter which I have mixed feelings about.
Although there is a nearly mile long stretch of open water, the ducks tend to hang out close to where they are fed. During the feedings, the birds fly to and from shore, and even when not being fed, they tend to fly up and down this short stretch of river. It provides the perfect opportunity to photograph them. The photos in this gallery were all taken starting in the early winter of 2019 carrying through till the spring of 2020.