The Wood Duck is a bit smaller than the more common duck the Mallard. Wood Ducks are a brightly colored beautiful bird in the male ducks of the species. This is probably the way one most often sees them photographed. I often like the more subtle colors in birds. The female wood duck is a beautiful more subtle shade of colors. In my recent photography adventures with the Wood Duck I was… Read More
The Ruddy Duck is one of the variety of birds I often look for during spring migration. I try to stop at one of our local parks that features a pond regularly looking for migrating birds in the early spring. Some days are better than others. Sometimes I don’t see any migratory birds passing through. Other days I am treated to a wide variety of migrating birds al in one visit. It… Read More
The Ring-necked Duck is a perfectly fine duck. But to me it is a misnamed duck. I don’t think I have ever seen a Ring-necked Duck that actually has a ring on their neck. So maybe I am misidentifying them. Very possible. Or the ducks were named for a duck that did have a ring on its neck, but that is not actually the most common variation in the birds plumage. Maybe… Read More
Redhead ducks are beautiful birds. The Redhead features multiple colors across its body. Gray lower body and abdomen. A black chest. And of course the red head for which the Redhead duck is so named. All the colors fit together beautifully. They are all in these deeper darker tones. Not brilliant and standing out so much. There is this subtle dignified beauty to the colors of the Redhead. I was able to… Read More
I have been fortunate to see Green-Winged Teal at one of our great bird watching areas in our region. I really like this perspective of this photograph viewing the Green-Winged Teal through the weeds. It really shows what the experience of bird watching is often like. But despite the vegetation I was able to get the Green-Winged Teal in good focus. It also shows what the real lived in environment is like… Read More
A Common Eider is a large duck that lives at sea. I do not live near the ocean. Therefore seeing a Common Eider was one of the many fun features of one of our vacations. We enjoy going places where we can explore nature. One of those places is Acadia National Park in Maine. There are so many amazing natural features to enjoy in Acadia. I honestly wasn’t expecting to see too… Read More
The best way to see birds that are not often seen in your area is to look for them during migration. Many birds that are not yearlong residents or even seasonal residents of an area can be seen when they stop over as they migrate north in the summer or back south in the winter. I love the subtle color of this female Canvasback. I was able to see this Canvasback during… Read More
Bufflehead are small ducks. Usually I see Buffleheads in groups. Often around spring migration. It is always nice when they show up at one of our local parks. This groups of Bufflehead were arriving at the pond at one of my favorite spots for bird watching. Buffleheads coming in for a landing. Photo info: Nikon D500. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/3200 sec. f/5.6.
This American Black Duck is watching warily from across the pond. I don’t see American Black Ducks very often. The light was beautiful on the day pictured. I was so happy about the light that I forgot about almost everything else. The scene was just so beautiful that day. I just wanted to click the shutter. Photo data: Nikon D500. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/1000 sec. F/5.6.
Ducks are just cool and interesting in general though often underrated. Observing animal behavior can be so interesting. It is especially captivating when you see an animal do something you’ve never seen them do before. A few years ago while camping in the Adirondack Mountain region of New York I was photographing a group of ducks at the campground. At first it seemed they were just doing their normal duck things. But,… Read More