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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ducks In The House!

I can peak out my sliding glass door and look down the bank to the Pine River and see them feeding by the far side. They are my new neighbors, a family of Mallard ducks. You can tell though that these are not citified ducks such as the ones that live near my son. These Mallards are always on high alert and in order to sneak out the door and creep up to the edge of the high bank to get a picture of them it takes the height of stealth. Female Mallards are considered dull in comparison to the males but this is just human foolishness. Consider the variations in the coloring of these two buff beauties. It is fun to have them around but the season is moving along and just like the Canadian geese they will be flying off.


  1. The picture of the Canada Geese flying is fantastic.

  2. Great photos! Here in the Netherlands we have mallards all through the year, summer and winter. There are a lot around where I live, because we have a lot of water here.
    Thanks for your visit!

  3. Thank you for commenting on my blog!
    I like your second photo. That is a great capture! Awesome.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. ahhhhh!!! the geese flying is so majestic!!
    and I agree that the females are just as lovely as the brighter colored males
    look at the gold tones on their heads, all the shades blending so beautifully

    wonderful photos!!

  5. You're suppose to suffer to get good photos, not take them out your balcony window. Good job. Boom & Gary.

  6. Very underrated ducks, the Mallard. We have them everywhere there is water here, and they are great characters.
    Lovely shot of them.

  7. Fantastic captures and the flying geese are majestic indeed! Love their coloring! Hope you have a great weekend!


  8. Happy Saturday everyone! Engine 23 and Squad 3 were very busy last night. I got this post up between runs in the middle of the night. I slept till noon after I left the firehouse this morning and what a pleasure it was to turn on the computer this afternoon and see your comments. A giant weekend hug to you all!

  9. OH ---good geese in flight--I love ducks and there are not ordinary birds or ducks in my book! Happy weekend-Good to be OFF DUTY I know!

  10. In each snap, you have at least one duck that's a mirror image of the other. Bravo! BTW, I've got ducks on my pond today, too...

  11. I never seem to be able to take clear pictures of birds in flight. Maybe that will be one of my goals for next year. Nice shots.

  12. Both are good but the goose photo is amazing.

  13. Well, you have quite a view - fantastic photos!

  14. Fantastic shot of the flying geese!

  15. Mallard are very common here but still a delight to watch. Nice job with flying geese. FAB.

  16. I love a fire fighter. Three weeks ago, four handsome hunks came to school for two sessions. I went on the pretext of taking my students. I went to see and talk with them. LOL

    Fire, fire, fire,
    Get Down, Get Low, Get out fast.
    Dail 111 ( New Zealand)

    I have been practising my my kids with a big old curtain. They love it.

    Thanks for visiting.
    P/s I love ducks too, your photos are great.

  17. Mama mia...I missed "World Bird Wednesday." and Skywatch Friday and now...Weekend Reflections ...
    Maybe next week!
    Thank you!
    I wish you a great week!

  18. Love the curved wingtips on those geese... what amazing aerodynamics that allow them to get airborne and then fly for hundreds and hundreds of miles... with built in GPS (Goose Positioning System)

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I LOVE photographing birds, and even though we have winter coming up, and I might not be able to take shots every day, I have 100's in my files. Thanks for the invitation, and I will be happy to participate.
    Beautiful Mallards. I always love seeing them. We have had a flock of Wood ducks on our creek all summer and I took many, many pictures of them. Super shots of the geese.
    I also have a soft spot in my heart for firefighters. Our son is an interior firefighter and an EMT.
    Take care.

  20. Wow, these are great captures especially the geese in flight. Love all your photos.

  21. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Fantastic photos specially the second one. Greetings.

  22. Great shot specially the Canada Goose in flight. Always hard to do---for me anyway. They visit my pond in the Spring. right now I have two lovely ducks visiting--I call it the Pond Motel as they stay a day or two and are off again.
    I posted a Varied Thrush today. MB

  23. now this is something my camera can't do! ^0^
    gr8 shots!
    really captivating.

  24. PS Also, just wanted to let you know I did leave a bit of a response to your plea for remembering the Neanderthals, which I enjoyed considerably... One must never forget the Neanderthals ! Extinct or Alive and thriving...

  25. Lovely shots! The second one is so beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    Have a nice day****

  26. Loving your blog! I was just thinking to myself that someone should host a bird meme and here it is! Good for you.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  27. I have never noticed the differences in colouring in the ducks. Thank you for pointing it out to me!!

  28. Hi Springman

    I am an artist working in the UK and I came across one of your images on the internet, at The Pine River Review, whilst designing a sculpture for a village being built near Ashford in the County of Kent.

    The image of yours is two flying geese. I am collecting together photographs by other people as well which I am hoping to use with yours to create the effect of a flock of birds.

    The land around the sculpture site is very low lying and there is a lot of open water in the area which attracts water birds of all types.

    I will use your image as the basis for a cutting pattern, that will then be cut out of steel, to create the illusion of a goose.

    If you want to take this further then I can email you more images and so on.

    I hope you are interested and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    Bruce Williams