Saturday, April 9, 2011

Blk-Bellied Whistler Groups

Some groupings of black-bellied whistling ducks.  This time of year, after making their trip to Run*A*Round from wintering areas further south, they gather in clusters of several to up to 17 we've seen so far this year.  They're paired up but have not yet broken away to nest just yet so spend the days hanging around our 'beach' - posing for pictures, of course.




35 comments:

Andy said...

You have some excellent photos on your blog.

Cathy said...

Very nice photos. I have never seen black-bellied whistling ducks.

Rural Revival said...

I just love that name...black bellied whistling ducks...try saying that ten times, fast! : )

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Don't you love it when the waterfowl cooperate by posing?!

Clint said...

They are purdy li'l things.

Lois Evensen said...

Yes, they certainly are pretty. We have Canada Geese and Mallards here. Very rarely do we see other types of ducks.

Samantha said...

Your photos inspired me to do some reading on these ducks. Love that they are described as gregarious! :)

Jennifer said...

They're really neat lookin :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

And to think that ducks aren't technically considered herd animals.

edenhills said...

I am amazed that you have such variety to all the birds that visit your pond. Beautiful!

Michaele said...

The news of your is getting around. Today 17 tomorrow 117.

beth said...

what lens are you shooting with....just curious as to how close to the gorgeousness you can get :)

Karrie said...

Awesome looking quackers!!
Great pics!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

You are fortunate to have a diverse variety of bird life visiting your pond. It is one of the benefits of living in Texas as birds migrate up from Mexico and beyond right through Texas. That is why my daughter, an avid birder, loves going to your state. Like Beth asked, I am curious too as to the photo gear you have at hand.

Sharon said...

Will they nest and raise their young there? Or is your pond just a jumping off place? At first I thought they were kind of ugly, but they are "growing" on me. LOL!

Gorges Smythe said...

Living that close a pond must have some definite benefits when it comes to photography. Cute little buggers!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great pictures.I really like the first one,the reflection is lovely.My what pink feet and legs they have!

Texan said...

We do not have those, maybe our snapping turtles run them off! They sure are pretty!

~mel said...

They're a pretty duck ... and as luck would have it ... they're your pretty ducks ... as long as they stick around. I LOVE the top photo with the reflection in the water. Thanks for sharing!

don said...

You have such interesting and beautifully colored ducks to shoot. These are fine images of these great looking birds. Very well done.

Debbie said...

i want a pond. the end.

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

I love the brown color and red bills. And who could not love those PINK legs! Can't wait to see their babies!

Rose said...

I just love seeing these birds...their name escapes me at the moment cause I had never seen them till you posted them. Oh, black-bellied whistling ducks...maybe it will eventually stick in my little mind...

Snapper II said...

Envious of the duck photos.
Lovely .

Trisha said...

They're such interesting looking birds. You always take so many beautiful photos :)

Amila Kanchana said...

Wonderful captures!

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Robin said...

Theresa, such fun to have them right in your backyard! Great shots.

Ms. Becky said...

you have so much wildlife there, it's amazing. and these are gorgeous birds I've never seen and I'm not familiar with them at all. great captures here!

Ms. ~K said...

Nice to meet you B-B Ws....enjoy your stay at the ranch.
Lovely shots!
Happy weekend,
K

Cher' Shots said...

Your blog just warms my soul. I love it. p.s. - I have room for that bluejay right next to my goldfinch!
'love & hugs from afar'

Allison said...

I still can't get over their eyes ... it's like they're perpetually staring. They make me laugh!

LB @ BulletsandBiscuits said...

I would think the turtles are a little pissed off with them hanging out on their sunning log? ;)

Deb said...

Hope to see some babies...they are so cool looking...

Joe said...

Nice shots.

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