Saturday, 16 May 2009

Camera Critters - Ducks, Ducks, More Ducks & A Goose :-)



Camera Critters


This week, we are out of the desert and into the water... I took these during a walk around the lake, late in the afternoon, last Monday.

Never fails to amaze me, how many different shadings I can see on the ducks at our local lake.

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This little one had some interesting brown markings on it's head ..


This young lady paddled along beside me, around half the lake. She was obviously hoping that I had food in the pockets of my camera vest..


I loved this black and white duck....


These three had me amused for awhile.

The drake beside his mate, had one eye on me and the other on the drake behind him, who was valiantly trying to attract the attention of the female.

Every time he swam towards the pair, the other drake would drive him off with wings flapping and beak outstretched. Quite funny to watch..


Another one of my camp followers, a goose this time, who was hoping for a handout. He even came up out of the water at one point and plodded along behind me. :-)

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38 comments:

Tabib said...

beautiful duck at crystal clear water.

Kitty said...

Ducks are the daftest and funniest of animals! I know what you mean about the colour variations - there are times when I see unusual ducks and think they're something rare - but when I get closer, they're always just mallards!

Joy said...

The black and white duck is beautiful! Great photos.

Joy, via Camera Critters

Jedediah said...

Great photos. I always wonder if the unusually coloured mallards will find a mate (but obciously at least some of them do).

Indrani said...

Beautiful captures! You have so many today. :)

Sue said...

Great shots! That's great that you can see such a variety of birds all in one place.

Thanks for sharing

Sally in WA said...

Wonderful shots. The water is so clear, too!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Oooh, I like the black and white one. The comment about the mallards made me smiile. We have had a pair here every spring. I always feel badly for the drake for having to chase off the competition repeatedly. Sheesh!

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Karen!
All pictures are outstanding!The second shot is really amazing and I loved it!This pond is crystalline!
Kind Regards
Léia ( weloveLuna)

judi said...

Cool ducks, good luck with the film camera, you can do so much with one!

Snap said...

Love water and ducks! Aren't they fun?

sixstars said...

Great to see another Kiwi blogger on camera critters and to see you enjoying your hobby. My only tip is using a digital camera you can take unlimited pictures and experiment for free. Then pick your faves. Great pics.

Thumbelina said...

Fabulous shots! They are great characters are ducks when you watch them. You captured it here.

Rhea said...

It's so much fun to watch ducks swimming and such. I love that black and white one...so unique! Great camera critters share!

Sue said...

Lovely series of photos :) I really like the black and white duck too :)

Mary said...

Beautiful duck pictures!!

Mama Zen said...

I love that picture of the black and white duck!

The Explorer said...

These are awesome. I like the color of the water as the background and the ducks are all cute

The Explorer said...

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Reese =^..^= said...

Quack! Very cute.

Gattina said...

Beautiful pictures ! The little duck couple shows that for once males are more pretty than females, lol !

Mamapippa said...

Love the ducks !

Mamapippa said...

Love the ducks !

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Ducks are very fascinating to watch.

I love the black & white one, he is very cute.

Sharon said...

You've gotten quite a collection of different ducks here...all beautiful!

Reader Wil said...

Beautiful ducks, and the last one is a Canada goose. In the Netherlands we have the mallard in abundance and also the Muscovi duck, though it's not indigenous.
Thanks for your visit to my snake.

John Deere Mom said...

Great pics...Little Miss has been asking to go back to the "goose park." I better show her these pictures!

Bruce said...

I ALWAYS like looking at ducks:)

Melissa B. said...

Superior Snaps, all! We have the same drake and his mate come back to our local creek every year. At least I think they're the same couple...or at least hope they are. A much more romantic story that way, huh? BTW, make sure to stop by my Silly Sunday Sweepstakes today...I've got a Big Fish Tale to tell!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice series of shots. I'm always taking photos of ducks and geese but so rarely post any of them. There's a gray one at the lake by me that always catches my attention.

fishing guy said...

Karen: Very nice photos of the waterfowl.

WNC Mountain Living said...

Love the photos - I grew up living next to a lake and loved to watch the antics of the ducks. Brought back memories!

Talon said...

Wonderful captures! I always think of ducks as being sociable types...

storyteller said...

Nifty series of feathery water critters! I love to watch them with camera in hand.
Hugs and blessings,

Marina said...

these are really great shots!!!!
I like to watch the ducks feet paddling when they are on the water.... :-)

Mamapippa said...

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Have a nice day !

Ladynred said...

Beautiful series of ducks and goose!

Willard said...

A wonderful series for Camera Critters. I always enjoy waterfowl photos and these are excellent!