This is a Common Spreadwing which was also on the algae. I wasn't sure I even would get this shot. These flies are very flitty!!
Lastly, these next two shots are of a dragonfly called the Black Saddlebags. Took me a bit to identify this as I thought that very dark area on the wings was the body but it is the "saddlebag". In the afternoon light, the wings looked blue but this morning they looked clear as this dragonfly hangs around a lot on the end of a twig in our neighbor's yard. I know I have seen some other varieties as well but in flight they are impossible to photograph.
A sideview of the above Saddlebags.
My tufted domestic duck was down by the lake and a new domestic visitor was there as well -- this brown and white duck. I am not sure whether this is a cross of a mallard and domestic duck or another variety of plain domestic duck. Will have to do a little research. Even the mallards were out of the water today and I didn't see any males at all.
My youngest daughter, her husband and my granddaughter are flying in tonight from the West Coast and my other daughter is coming from Charlotte so my next blog will be dedicated to them!!