Thursday, September 3, 2015

Just Ducky

Today's post is mostly about ducks. Mallards in particular. Hope you don't mind a few cormorants too?

There is something about seeing these animals on the water, lazily floating along, in all their feathered glory that I find quite striking.  Perhaps it's the detail in their feathers versus the calm stillness of the water?  Maybe it's the cool blue "speculum" patch in their wings.

They seem to be rather calm animals from what I can tell.  Maybe I appreciate their low stress level.

Do you see what I see?

Partial Wing Display

Ducky Duo

Motoring Along Under Paddle Power

Same shot, Closer Crop

Nature Duplicates the Same Feather Colorations on Different Animals So Effortlessly

Artful Pose While Standing on a Handy Rock

Looking the Other Way to Show Me Her Splendid Feathers

These next two photos, though a bit of a joke relative to seeing real duck photos here, were still fun shots to capture.  Believe it or not these were taken in the art / hobby store where Deb buys her pottery clay.

Ducks With Wooden Personalities

Swimming in Air

As promised, more Cormorant photos below.  In this shot (s)he's getting ready to go for a swim.

Preparing for the Plunge

There's That Flexible Neck Again

Post Swim Water Drops Bead Up

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