Category Archives: Duck

Back and Forth

Well, what else do they have to do? When they aren’t eating ducks often swim around, and perhaps the female was testing to see if the male would follow. He did.

Wood Duck Pair
Wood Duck Pair

This Wood Duck pair went back and forth in front of me several times, never quite making it into the sun patch closer to me before they disappeared with the Teals around the corner.

Wood Duck Pair
Wood Duck Pair

 

Hooded Mergansers

The Hooded Mergansers tend to be shy and I usually see them retreating shortly after I spot them. I happened to be sitting on a low wall watching a pond when these two swam by me, close enough to get a shot.

Hooded Merganser Female
Hooded Merganser Female – click image for larger view

The brown reeds and grasses of late winter made a golden glow on the water, a nice complement to these gorgeous ducks. The male is certainly flashier, especially when he has his hood up, but the female is an understated beauty.

Hooded Merganser Male
Hooded Merganser Male – click image for larger view

2/5/2018

Ring-necked Duck

Three Ring-necked Ducks were paddling along an impoundment at Vierra Wetlands in the late afternoon. Yes, the ring is hard to see.  A quick read at Cornell’s All About Birds reveals that the name was provided by 19th century biologists who were examining dead specimens so had a different view of the chestnut collar than those of us observing the bird in the field.

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

“Golden Eye” would have fit for a name, but might already have been spoken for at the time. Or a name that described the white outlined beak.  No matter the name he is quite a pretty bird.

Ring-necked Duck
Ring-necked Duck

The male duck was accompanied by a female and a juvenile that didn’t venture far from each other.

Ring-necked Duck Family
Ring-necked Ducks

Vierra Wetlands, Brevard County, Florida, 1/27/2018

Wood Duck Pair

There is no mistaking the shape of a male Wood Duck and it’s always a treat to see them close enough to see their colors.

Wood Duck Pair in Duck Weed
Wood Duck Pair in Duck Weed

This pair was hanging around with a small group of Blue Winged Teals, paddling around the edge of a small pond.

Male Wood Duck
Male Wood Duck

There is a walking trail that loops along both sides of this pond and the ducks gradually work their way from side to side, not in any great hurry, but changing direction as people pass by.

Wood Duck Pair with Blue-winged Teals
Wood Duck Pair with Blue-winged Teals

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More Wood Ducks

I didn’t expect to see a male Wood Duck in breeding plumage in September. This fellow was paddling back and forth in a small pond, looking around.

Wood Duck
Wood Duck
He very nicely showed off both sides and created a lovely reflection in the still water. This pond was cleared of invasive overgrowth over the summer and I’m hopeful more ducks will visit over the winter.

Wood Duck
Wood Duck
In another larger pond a short distance away a few females or juveniles were also just swimming around.

Wood Duck
Wood Ducks

Duck Sky

There we were enjoying the view of Spoonbills, Egrets and Herons and then the sky exploded with a flock of Blue-winged Teals. I didn’t even know what they were at first and was surprised to see the flock move like a unit once they got above the tree line.

Blue-winged Teals
Blue-winged Teals

Some of the wading birds joined in – click photos for larger view. Regrettably, we couldn’t get closer to where they landed for a view of them in the water.

Blue-winged Teals
Blue-winged Teals

10/01/2017

Clear the Way for Great Blue Heron

The Wood Ducks were just hanging around in a quiet group until the incoming Great Blue Heron startled them into action.

Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks
Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks

The male Wood Duck was the first to go, quietly with just his wing flapping making noise.

Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks
Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks

The lower end of the ramp cleared.

Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks
Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks

The female Wood Duck at the highest point seemed like she was going to stay, but then thought better of it.

Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks
Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks and Turtle

The turtle was less motivated and held his ground.

Great Blue Heron Landing over Wood Ducks
Great Blue Heron Landing over Turtle

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