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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Ducky

The ice is finally gone on the stream and the ducks came back right away, as if they were watching nearby when the water started flowing. There were three American Black Ducks on the stream, 





two swimming around above the bridge and another preening itself 





on ice at the edge of the stream.





The preening one gave quite a show 





as it contorted its neck while we watched.





The large duck looked quite pleased with itself as it finished 





and strutted along the ice.





Ducks are such interesting creatures and are a pleasure to watch. Two of my favourite photos from last year were of a single American Black Duck in a salt water marsh further along the boardwalk.





The bird looks so thrilled with itself and life in general.





Pretty bird! 



27 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Love your ducks photos, they are so cute. They seem to have a happy life. Take care, stay well. Wishing you a happy and healthy new week!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How handy it would be to have such a flexible neck Marie 😊 lovely series of captures, ducks can have the most beautiful colours in their plumage 💚

Boud said...

Yes, ducks are the comedians of the water birds. Great pictures.

DJan said...

He does look quite pleased with himself. I love the photos of the preening behavior. :-)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That's just ducky!

Rhodesia said...

Some birds are quite contortionists. So much for our mild winter and warm spring - it is trying to snow here today!!! Take care, Diane

Elephant's Child said...

HUGE smiles. I needed these charmers this morning. Many thanks.

bill burke said...

Ducks seem to know how to make us smile. :)
Wonderful photos, Marie.

Celia said...

Interesting critters, loved the post-preen photo especially. Brrr, quite a place for a bath.

Rose said...

I am always amazed at how they can bend their necks...and you got some great photos of the one preening...

Joanne Noragon said...

I love the quizzical look from one of the ducks in the first photo.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Even though he is not brightly colored, he is still beautiful.

Barbara said...

So neat. I love ducks.

At Home In New Zealand said...

Animal instinct is incredible. How do they tell when the waters thaw? One of our cats ALWAYS knows when I go and sit outside and comes to say hello, but I have no idea how she can tell. Enjoy your day :)

Catarina said...

A very entertaining creature!!!
And the photographer was there!!
: )

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It is always a pleasure to see pure Black Ducks. They interbreed with Mallards so often they are being swamped in some areas.

Anvilcloud said...

I am finding them to be a point of interest in these days, but there were none in our pond on gloomy yesterday.

Retired Knitter said...

You are right about duck! Fun creatures.

Debbie said...

gorgeous captures marie...that water does look quite chilly!!! the ducks are beautiful, i don't see this black ducks. the ducks i see all LOVE preening, it's like a season..."preening season"!!! hehe

photowannabe said...

Love these shots Marie. I especially like the one of the duck tip toe-ing along the ice edge of the river.
Yesterday was beautiful here and today its gray, chilly and gloomy.
I sure wish it would make up its mind and be warmer. It's not as nice to do our walk in the blah weather.
Safe well and stay safe..
Sue

Danielle L Zecher said...

They're so cute! I love ducks. My grandfather raised orphaned ducks when I was a child, and I've loved them since then. Thank you for sharing such great pictures.

jenny_o said...

Great shots of these interesting ducks, Marie - that one in the first photo has his eye on you in return!

Lea said...

Beautiful photos!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Beautiful pictures of the preening duck, Marie! You really captured the essence of the moment in your pictures. Yes, the duck certainly looked quite pleased with himself!

baili said...

haha she seemed so shy isn't she ?

very well captured dear Marie i so enjoyed all images
they transformed my day :)

The Happy Whisk said...

My gosh, he really can twist that little neck about, eh?

William Kendall said...

Lovely!