Friday, February 17, 2012

Mallards Among Us

A few pair of mallards have been hanging about Run*A*Round since the pond has come up again.


 I love how sometimes the drakes look plastic with their ultra-sheen.
Yes, some of these shots were taken before the orange fencing was removed.
  
I am happy to see waterfowl returning and always happy for the reflections, too.

116 comments:

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

They are such a pretty duck -- my mallard Freddie would love your pond! Maybe you'll have some ducklings this year? :)

Magia da Inês said...

Como são bonitos!
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil

(⁀‵⁀,) ✿
.`⋎´✿✿¸.•°
✿¸.

Kathy said...

These guys (and gals) have such great personalities!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Has to be a joy to your heart!! Oh, they are so beautiful! Thank you. blessings ~ tanna

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Pretty shots. We had ducks in our yard, right up by the steps to our deck yesterday. I took a couple of pictures, but the colors are so drab...well, except for the male ducks.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Lovely colorful mallards ! Incidentally I have disabled word verification in my blog as per your suggestion:))

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

love their reflections... so beautiful

Giga said...

Bardzo lubię kaczki i Ty chyba też, bo cieszysz się, że pływają w Twoim stawia.Pozdrawiam ciepło. *** I like ducks, and you probably too, because I enjoy that swim in your poses. With best wishes.

Comment1 said...

Wow! It doesn't take them long, does it?

quies said...

Great shots of the ducks.
Lovely reflections too.
It seems like a quiet place for reflection.

Have a nice week-end!

holdingmoments said...

Great characters.
I love these.

rkbsnana said...

Your mallards are much prettier than our here. Ours are pretty plain and dull.

Jill said...

Really makes me smile to see waterfowl back at your place. The mallards have always been a favorite of mine. These shots are beautiful. Love that you got 4 of them together!

Sandra said...

that male is so handsome, you are right he does look plastic. in the first one he really outshines the female, in the reflection too.

Michael said...

wacky nature: males almost always get the beautiful colors

Nancy said...

I have always loved mallards; the green of the male head is so intense and beautiful.....the reflections are awesome...

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I love that beautiful colour of the male Mallard. Oh yes,the reflections are an added bonus.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful series on the Mallards!

Montanagirl said...

P.S. May I borrow the use of your Word Verification Free Blog badge as well? I'm going to assume you'll say yes and put it on my side bar. If you want me to remove it, just leave a comment for me. Thank you!

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Maybe you'll have some wee ducklings to photograph and post before long...

Gail said...

The light, the color, the subject...all wonderfully captured.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

It is so nice to see your pond filling up all reflective and pretty!

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful mallards, love their reflections.

dr momi said...

They look like tame mallards (gone feral?) Our wild mallards are much smaller.

Susan said...

Beautiful! all of it!

Berts Blog said...

You got some great pictures. The lighting must have been perfect to catch the gleaming brilliance of the male.

You truly live in a beautiful place

Charade said...

I like the simplicity of the mallard's quack, and I can almost hear it when I look at your photos.

Rohrerbot said...

Mallards are so common BUT their green makes us turn our head and watch as they swim around with female buddies....and that's why they are so cool.

ellen abbott said...

I happy you have your pond and all it's denizens back.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

They are so pretty. You must be thrilled to have the pond filled again.

Fjällripan said...

They are so lovely those ducks :) Beautiful reflection photos!

Sharon said...

They are beautiful and I am so happy to see your pond is up again!

polkadotpeticoat said...

They are so fun to watch....happily swimming!

Ron said...

I think the bottom photo is the best. Great colors and I love the reflections.

Reena Walkling said...

Some couples return and maybe some little ones this spring!

Karen said...

What a lovely pair!

Jan n Jer said...

Love those mallards...so striking in color!!!

Bob Bushell said...

The Mallard is widely distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, North America from southern and central Alaska to Mexico, the Hawaiian Islands, and across Eurasia, from Iceland and southern Greenland and parts of Morocco (North Africa) in the west, Scandinavia to the north, and to Siberia, Japan, and China in the east. It is strongly migratory in the northern parts of its breeding range, and winters farther south. For example, in North America it winters south to Mexico, but also regularly strays into Central America and the Caribbean between September and May.

The Mallard inhabits a wide range of habitat and climates, from Arctic Tundra to subtropical regions. It is found in both fresh- and salt water wetlands, including parks, small ponds, rivers, lakes and estuaries, as well as shallow inlets and open sea within sight of the coastline. Water depths of less than 1 metre (3.3 ft) are preferred, birds avoiding areas more than a few metres deep. They are attracted to bodies of water with aquatic vegetation.
See..................
Found in Wikipedia.

SweetMarie said...

These are beautiful pics! The male is such a brilliant green. Couples hanging out at the Ranch resort. :) They're enjoying life. :)

Barbara said...

Lucky! Our ducks have moved on. I hope we have some others stop and visit.

Tracey from ⓽ said...

What beautiful creatures! We have a small stream but no pond on our property so we don't get to host too many water birds!

Mama Zen said...

Mallards are so pretty!

islandwonder said...

I love the shiny green heads.

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful! It must be such a pleasure to watch the ducks in your own pond.

Texan said...

I will have to show this photo to honeyman. Those ducks are so pretty!

Farm Girl said...

I am so glad they are back. They are just beautiful!

magda said...

Ooo lovely!!!
So tender photos!And very nice colors!!!

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

I bet it's a relief to see that pond up again.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Great Photos, love Mallards

georgettesullins said...

What green! Awesome color.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love your ducks!! Their colors are just gorgeous! Terrific reflections for the day!! Hope you have a good weekend!

Sylvia

Julie G. said...

I can see why the ducks have chosen you pond to wade in. So very beautiful! Stunning shots, lovely reflections!

Robin said...

T, nice shots! There's nothing like Mallards. They are such the quintessential ducks!

Paula said...

Our old wild ducks in the stock tank are not pretty but we like them anyway.

Deb said...

love the ducks...went to the park yesterday got some good duck shots...

Dominique Lalonde said...

Beautiful reflection in the water !
You will probably have ducklings later !!
Thank you for your comments on my wildlife documentary !!
I hope you understand my narration with my BIG ACCENT in english !!!

Kerri said...

So glad your pond is keeping that water in it!! The mallards are lovely ..... baby mallards soon maybe :)

Pricilla said...

We have more mergansers than mallards right now. I love those wild feathered ducks

ksdoolittle said...

It's nice to see water! Are you ready for a little more rain?

Laura said...

beautiful reflections!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I think it's great how the green shimmers.

ShySongbird said...

They are lovely and in the sunshine I always think how beautiful the colours of the male are, really glistening.

James said...

Great reflections! My cats used to love watching mallards in our backyard but sadly there aren't any here.

Tammy said...

Lucky you! Would be nice to have beauties so close!

edenhills said...

I love the ducks! They are so beautiful.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Such lovely, social, and interesting to watch, ducks! Your photo's are excellent. You have captured the personalities of these quackers very well, indeed! Have a wonderful day!

Doru said...

Lucky you, indeed!
Amazing photos! Thank you!

Breathtaking said...

Lovely photo of Mallards in bright sunlight, makes their handsome colours shine,you're right they almost look unreal!!

Have a nice weekend:)

barbara l. hale said...

I think ducks and, in particular, mallards must be the most peace loving beings on the planet. Seems like they get along with everyone except people who want to hunt them. Glad yours are swimming in the pond.

Melodie said...

I love mallards! They are my favorite duck!

Andrew said...

I dream of having a garden with ducks...Soooo jealous..

Eva Ason said...

Beautiful birds, These are my fav birds to photograph. I love the greenish blue color of the male duck.
Have a lovely weekend!

Eva

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I like seeing these pretty ducks!

troutbirder said...

Quack Quack .... I read your post on word verification and agree totally. How annoying. Am going to try you suggestion. :)

Tanya said...

Beautiful! I never understood why in the bird world the boys always get to be the pretty one?!

you mentioned word verification being on when you commented? it's not supposed to be, i hate WV! i commented to you and it didn't pop up....maybe a glitch?

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Stunning colours on the green one. nice to see them back

Birdman said...

Pretty tranquil.

Candy C. said...

The drakes do look kind of plasticy with their brilliant green heads. Beautiful photos! :)

Ellie said...

Great pictures - LOVE those green heads.

Pam said...

Love your shots, T. It isn't fair that the males get all the colorful feathers!
~:)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Bet they're glad to have their swimming pool back:@)

Sandy said...

Nice shots. They are so colorful. (o:

Bruce Clark said...

I always love the bright green head of the male. He is definitely easy to pick out of a crowd.

Ginger said...

So sweet!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Lovely are those Mallards and it sure must be very rewarding having the rains fill up the puddles, waterholes and ponds and beyond once again~

Clint Baker said...

You have suck wonderful photos! Thanks for stopping by but dont forget to enter the give away!

Michaele said...

Ah the life of a duck (sigh). Think we could call that neon green.

Felicity said...

Several years ago now I was offered the opportunity to take over a company with the title Mallard Corporation - of course the logo was this green & black feathered darling - and so I have fond associations when I see one in the wild.

Suffice to say that I decided that the Mallard fit wasn't for me but I do admire their iridescent loveliness.

Happy weekend - so happy to see the water levels in your dam at a level to entice such wonderful wildlife.

xx

Dianne said...

I love your ducks and I'm so pleased that the pond is returning to its glory days

wayside wanderer said...

Yay! Sweet duckies,.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Awesome pictures of the Mallards, Theresa...

I'm telling individual people that I visit to PLEASE remove their word verification.. Noticed that you are doing that also...

Three of my people have gotten rid of theirs today... YEAH.
Hugs,
Betsy

Janie said...

Your reflections you give to people is HUGE. Where would I be without my TexWis girl sharing her world with others? Such an inspiration. Even if you do describe the drakes looking like plastic on the pond. Ha.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

What a fantastic shade of green on that male duck - like an emerald.

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, those drakes are such show offs aren't they and you have caught the reflections beautifully.

Catherine said...

Such pretty ducks! I am missing mine. I hope they come home to Canada soon! :)

xo Catherine

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Great capture of the iridescent head of the males! So pretty!

Kerry said...

The orange fencing adds some dash to it. I love mallards! They look very pleased to be in your pond. I hope it's still raining in Texas.

heyBJK said...

Oh, fantastic green on the boy! Nice job! Super reflections, too!

Elaine said...

I always enjoy the Mallards!

Chatty Crone said...

I love those mallards and I think spring is here. Sandie

Randy said...

Ducks are so much fun to watch.

Barb said...

I hope you have some little ones come spring - so glad to see that water!

Rita said...

I grew up seeing mallards every spring and the males have the most arresting color! Yes, it doesn't even look real sometimes. :)

Margie said...

Such gorgeous vibrant green heads. Mother Nature rocks!

BlueShell said...

Good morning, dera! here it is about 6: 59, a.m.
I out of bed visiting friends. Later my husband wants to take a drive i do not know if it is the correct meaning for a little visit to some villages around. I'll take some photos and i'll share with you, ok?

Those photos of your are magnificent! Thank you Theresa.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

beautiful ducks!
beautiful reflections, too.

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the Mallard, your pond is looking great now! Have a great weekend!

parker said...

Mallards and reflections! The pond makes a wonderful canvas for both!

Country Mouse Studio said...

It must be that time of year again

Roan said...

They are gorgeous!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

I think you should have left the orange fence....it contrasts well with their green heads ;)

Joe said...

You're tempting me to put one of my cameras back on the pond that flooded last year ;). lol.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful reflections.

Regards and best wishes

Furry Bottoms said...

The female in the first photo is a butt sniffer! :) I love those mallards. We have a lot of them over here where I work. They're mostly those brown females.. with a nice speckle of mallards here and there in the huge herd.

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice! These are the ducks we see most often around here. Gotta love those bright colors.

Genie said...

You have a little bit of everything there on the ranch. Love the colors on those mallards. They are so pretty. Know you are happy the pond is back up. Thank goodness the rains came. Hope you had a nice Easter. The weather here is delightful. Take care. genie

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...