Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Just ducky

Easter Sunday was about as perfect a day as anyone could ask for, weather-wise. We don't get to say that very often around here! It continued nice into the evening, and I couldn't resist getting outside with the camera. Earlier I'd noticed a bunch of ducks on some water standing in one of our fields, so I walked down to see if I could get a good photo or two of them. This is the best I could do, with the camera zoomed in all the way:

They seemed quite wary, and I couldn't get very close at all before they heard or saw me and took off flying.

As I was editing the photos just now, I got curious about what kinds of ducks they were. The best I can figure out from the very white breasts on some of them is that those were Northern Shovelers.

After closely examining the photo above (click it to enlarge it) and judging by the wings, I'd say some of them are Blue-winged Teal.

Then Monday morning as I was waiting for Courtney to arrive, I looked out the window to see if they were coming up the road yet, and I was surprised to notice this duck sitting on a tree branch across the driveway:

It's a male Wood Duck.

Although he's pretty all over, I especially love his distinctive red eye!

Update:  I saw him again this morning. And look closely behind him and down a little bit:

His mate was there, too! I wonder if she was considering building a nest right there.

She soon flew off to another branch, and I was able to get a quick pic of her before they both took off.

Certainly not as attractive as her hubby, is she?


annie dee said...

Handsome boy!

Grandma G said...

Yes, maybe he'd rather be called handsome than pretty! :)

Jessica Jones said...

I had to look hard to find his wife in that second to last photo!

Grandma G said...

Great camouflage, huh?