Saturday, June 11, 2011

In case you were having whistler withdrawals...

We have one 'pair' of black-bellied whistling ducks that have stuck around and appear not to be nesting.  I'm not sure if they're a couple or just two unmatched singles.  Most of the others have disappeared into their chosen nesting zones and might only pop in for a quick snack of birdseed and scratch feed.  But these two hang out around here together quite often so I know they're not sitting on any eggs.

The lighting was rather harsh on this afternoon and it created glare off of their lighter feathers but it also made for some great reflections.  I figured I'd share the photos of their late afternoon bath to let you know the whistlers are still around.






38 comments:

Pricilla said...

They're beautiful. I've never seen them before.

Paula said...

They are very pretty. We just have common wild ducks at our tank but I appreciate them too.

Bob Bushell said...

I think that these birds are fantastic.

Sandra said...

looks like to single males out on the town, OOPS out on the POND. they are beautiful and i like the reflections and the ripples.

Farm Girl said...

I was just thinking about them and wondered if they had stuck around or if they had left. Most amazing birds.

Deb said...

you know I was just thinking that today...whistler withdrawls...so glad you helped me out...LOL...great photos...love the reflections...

Jan n Jer said...

They are such a unique bird...so pretty with those big eyes!

Jan n Jer said...

They are such a unique bird...so pretty with those big eyes!

Texan said...

As you say, must be two singles hanging out together. LOL Just love these ducks!

Andrew said...

Lovely captures of your colourful ducks...they really are wonderful to see.

Jill said...

I have never heard of these but they are so pretty and interesting. The reflections on the water are wonderful!

Felicity said...

There's a painterly quality to these pictures and I love receiving a gift of nature that I've never heard about.

Happy day!

xx felicity

Debbie said...

i just love the mirror images in the first picture!!!

i was hoping these would be in the pond in mystic, they weren't. maybe they don't hang out in this area.

they are such a colorful duck, beautiful in every way!!!

thanks for the email....you gave me some wonderful suggestions!!!

eileeninmd said...

I just love these ducks, so thanks for sharing them again. I was lucky though, I was able to see some here in Maryland last weekend. Five Black bellied Whistling ducks were sighted here in a Baltimore City park. I love them so much hubby and I went and saw them last Sunday. But, I still enjoy your photos.

EG Wow said...

I've never seen this kind of duck here. I think they are very neat!

Woody said...

I enjoy them very much, they are so unusual! The eyes captivate me.

Gone Country said...

It's nice that a couple of them have stuck around for your enjoyment!

The reflections on the first photo are great!

Genie said...

What beautiful ducks! These are awesome captures. The coloration is amazing. Mother Nature does such a wonderful job for us who love the out of doors. I have never heard of this duck, but I certainly have now. They are memorable water fowl. genie

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've really missed these little characters, and am glad to see they're still around!!

I hope you're having a good weekend!!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Love the reflections.

Leontien said...

Lovely little couple!

Thanks
Leontien

SouthCoast Guy said...

they are so unique, not like any ducks I have ever seen before...great pics

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

I love these little guys. The reflections are great in these pics.

Larry Ostby said...

We don't have whistling ducks around here, at least in the western part of Maryland. Your photos are terrific, love the reflections. Adds a whole new dimension. Hope they stay around awhile.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Stunning with the reflection. Wow.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Missed these guys -- great water shots, T. :)

Barb said...

That water is like a looking glass for the Whistlers! Love the second to last where one seems intent on looking at the reflection of itself.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Theresa, WOW---I love those shots. I think the lighting is GREAT... The Whistlers are just gorgeous, aren't they???? Thanks for sharing.

We are in Oklahoma tonight... Having a great time so far. Going through a piece of your state tomorrow.

Hugs,
Betsy

edenhills said...

I just love those ducks! Your pictures of them are also so good they look like decoys.

Teresa

Shrinky said...

You are right about those reflections, you've captured them well. Aren't they beautiful?

stardust said...

This is a nice glimpse into your world with all these fabulous nature reflections. I've never seen such colorful ducks.. you're blessed to have them around. Thank you for sharing.

ShySongbird said...

It must be wonderful to see so much wildlife without leaving your own property! Good to catch up with the Whistling Ducks.

Louise (on your earlier post) is a beauty :) I have never heard of that breed.

I also loved the photos of the Swallow 'kids', really lovely!

As for the further antics of the Squirrel!! The last shot in particular is just brilliant :)

Snappy Di said...

Yes... you captured some nice, soft looking reflections on the water. Great colors too!

Di

Joe said...

Good to see the whistlers are still entertaining you :).

Rose said...

I did wander about them, but have been away from blogging so much it had not dawned on me just how long it had been since you posted any of them.

Will the nesting ones bring their babies once they are hatched? I can't wait to see them if they do.

bailey-road.com said...

Ah, there they are! They're so cute!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

so beautiful birds!

what a great set of shots!
betty xx

Allison said...

What great light you captured here.

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