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Friday, 1 March 2019

Just ducky

The bridge at Grand River, Prince Edward Island, is an area where the water runs swiftly enough to prevent freezing. 





There are always birds east and west of the bridge and February was no exception. One day recently, I saw a variety of birds, especially ducks. 


They looked to be friendly with each other, some dabblers, others, divers. Below are American black ducks, male and female Common mergansers, Barrow’s goldeneye and Common goldeneye.





The black duck is stood on the ice. A male merganser has the tuft of feathers on its brown head. The females are white and black. The Barrow’s goldeneye has the white bars on its side. The Common goldeneye is in the front centre of the photo.


The next photo shows the difference in size from the large American black duck, a dabbler, to the Common goldeneye, a smal diving duck. 





In the final photo, I have all my ducks in a row, the Common goldeneyes anyway.








20 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I have not seen a Goldeneye as of yet. Love the Mergansers. Great duck sightings! Wishing you a Happy March! Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

Secondary Roads said...

Row, row, row your duck . . . Yesterday, I saw a sand hill crane fly over. Seems a strange time of year to see that. Early spring?

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

We get a few Goldeneye wintering on the wetlands near here and Mergansers too, though we call them Goosanders.

Debbie said...

awww, all your ducks in a row, that's a good one!! the only one of these ducks that i see here are the common mergansers. if the others are here, i don't see them!! exciting to see them all, right?!?!?!

Joanne Noragon said...

Open channel or no, that ice looks pretty thick.

bill burke said...

I love the all ducks in a row, perfect image.
Have a wonderful weekend!

William Kendall said...

Splendid shots!

Anvilcloud said...

I am intrigued by, "The black duck is stood on the ice."

I came across that turn of phrase, "is stood on," in a recent book, but it is not a familiar speech pattern to me.

DJan said...

Quack! I like the picture with all of them together, in order to tell them apart. :-)

Rhodesia said...

Great photos. Well done. Have a good Sunday, Diane

Mage said...

Beautiful ducks all in their rows.

Tabor said...

I love the variety of water birds. They do not let me get close enough to take photos as I am tall and quite visible on my dock!!

Laurel Wood said...

Sweet photos and very interesting. Have an enjoyable evening.

Barbara said...

Hahaha. I wish I could get all of my ducks in a row.

Angela said...

You have an amazing knowledge of all these birds!! I am impressed! Beautiful photos!! It looks so cold and in here we look cold and we are cold. Today duo to low temps even church was cancelled. Thanks for all you share Marie! p.s I tried to make my blog private so I hope you and the other regular readers are able to see it.

photowannabe said...

So glad you "have all your ducks in a row"...
I wish I did.
Life does get complicated sometimes.
Love your photos and thanks for visiting my blog too.
Sue of photowannabe

PerthDailyPhoto said...

There's no better feeling than to have all our ducks in a row 😉 Super series of shots Marie ✨

Lowcarb team member said...

Love all your ducks in a row :)
Loved all of your photographs.

All the best Jan

Stewart M said...

Thats a nice collection of ducks - really like the Goldeneyes.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

baili said...

I love seeing ducks floating in serene water
they evoke my creative side :)

so beautifully captured dear Marie!
hugs!