Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Whistler wings and whatnot

The black-bellied whistling ducks come by now and again.  The other birds are getting used to their invasion.
A blackbird shies at the much bigger whistling ducks.

A crow eyes the flock under the birdfeeder tree.

Another cautiously approaches.

You can see the ducks are not that much larger than a crow.
 They do make me laugh when they all roost in the old tree.




And with any flock or herd, there's always jockeying for position.






They just make me laugh!  I LOVE these ducks!

142 comments:

Crissi said...

Wow so many ducks!!! Very nice pictures!
♥Crissi♥

Lynne said...

They are just so darn cute with the orange divided up between bill, legs and feet. Quite the wing spread too . . . where the white shows as they fly up a bit to move to a new place on the old tree. Delightful . . .

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

I didn't realize they were so petite! Goodness but you must be going through a lot of bird feed!

Carole M. said...

what a lovely haven for them all and those ducks look quite comical

Giga said...

Nie widziałam jeszcze tych kaczek. SĄ śliczne i wspaniałą serię zdjęć im zrobiłaś. Pozdrawiam cieplutko. *** I have not seen these ducks. Are beautiful and a wonderful series of pictures they did. Yours warm.

Comment1 said...

These ducks are really lovely! It's so strange seeing them in trees. I see those webbed feet and their typical duck shape and just so odd. I keep thinking they're scared of a mouse or something!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They are so funny! I'd sit outside watching them all day I think :-)

Susan said...

I love them too - their chopping and changing antics on their tree roost are gorgeous. Beaut pics Theresa, also the reflections in the second photo are just lovely :D)

Sandra said...

They are so so beautiful! I love those salmon colored bills and feet, makes them look very unique.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

They are just incredibly beautiful!! And, fun looking and cute and those feet!! Oh, my. I have fallen in love with them, too, T! blessings ~ t.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

You seem to have a lot of beautiful wildlife on your ranch, great photo;s

Peter.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Ahh, the cute little pink eraser ducks, they are definitly one of my favorites now! I just love all the roosting pictures, looks like they are taking turns on a diving board. :)

Deb said...

They make me smile every time I see them

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Love those ducks and what delightful images you got of them this visit. I had to giggle when I see the images of them landing, those wings upright, landing softly just in the right spot...great entry. have a wonderful day Theresa~

Montanagirl said...

Those are the coolest Ducks I've ever seen. And I have only seen them on your blog! Thank you for sharing.

Nancy Claeys said...

Always strikes me funny to see ducks in trees. Great shots.

Sandra said...

a couple of the ones in the middle look like they are being made to wak the plank. LOL
they are really cool looking and it makes me happy to see green grass and water in the pond with reflections behind them. i love the ones of them standing on the dead tree. amazing.

Kathy said...

In a way I'm glad we don't get visited by these guys. I would spend too much of my time watching them!

Dicky Bird said...

Those sure are crazy looking ducks!

CameraCruise said...

Great shots!
Love the ones of them in the tree.

Candy C. said...

The ad at the bottom of the page was for some show on A&E called "Duck Dynasty!" LOL!!
I love seeing the tree-roosting ducks, they are so cool looking!!

DJan said...

Ha! They are funny, and I love the roosting pictures.

Judy said...

I love the shots of them in the trees, I can totally see why you love them.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

They are adorable, Theresa.. I'd be watching them ALL of the time!!!!! AND --they really aren't 'that' big, are they???? Love seeing them next to that crow... Thanks!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Nancy said...

I just love them....they are so cute....I love the way they line up on the tree limb......

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures...I have never seen these before and I am intriqued by them....

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

How cute is that! If they were at my place, I'd be sitting out there all day.

Changes in the wind said...

Lynne said it best....love them all lined up on the branch.

Randy said...

Maybe they were in town for an AFLAC convention.

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Beautiful flock and shots.
Costas

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Tex they sure make a fashion statement! Love their pink bills '>

Donna OShaughnessy said...

I have never seen such sweet ducks. If only I had those beautiful legs!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

I am completely intrigued by these creatures! NEVER seen anything like them till your photographs. They are SOOOO pretty!

MTWaggin said...

Just amazes me that those ducks hang out in the trees! Go figure. Cool looking critters though - love those beaks!

Jan n Jer said...

Nice photos...that is one big crow...love those ducks!

Tanya said...

oh they are so cute! i love how that crow just gets right in there and starts eating with them...he's thinking "if you can't beat em, join em"!

Julie G. said...

You must have so much fun watching these ducks. I love their orange bills and legs. Their whistles are delightful, too. Terrific photographs!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Every time I see them in a row it makes me think of my husband....oh and come on how can you hate ironing....its fabulous......last night we shoveled 3 feet of snow off the roof of the house....I slept like a baby!

islandwonder said...

I love their pink legs.

bailey-road.com said...

They are so cute. I love the shots of them on the tree limb.

Charade said...

It's interesting how the black on their wings make them look like a predator bird when they spread them. Your shots are so entertaining.

heyBJK said...

The whole tree roosting routine is so funny! I just can't help but laugh about ducks in trees! That and their little "soldier" appearance. Such cool shots!

SweetMarie said...

These are just gorgeous pics! I didn't realize how small these ducks are. They make me smile too. They're just so different and cute looking. :)

Jill said...

These shots are fantastic. These are the cutest duck evers. Love the coloring.

Evelyn S. said...

The color of their wings when they flap them is so fascinating; actually, the whole "color scheme" is fascinating. They look painted.

Desiree said...

They are so pretty with their pink bills and legs. marvelous pictures!

Linda said...

I can see why you love them. I'm enjoying them, too, and might never have "met" them without your blog.

don said...

They have such an attractive color scheme. Great looking ducks. I like your series which vividly shows us their jockeying for the best place.

RoeH said...

I love these! Texas seems to have birds I've never seen before. At least these kind of ducks. So pretty and I love them in that tree. I gotta tour Texas before I die. I've only been across the top panhandle and it was SO flat. I thought I'd seen flat in North Dakota but that part of Texas beat it. Well I've been to Houston but landing and taking off in an airport doesn't cut it. :)

Pricilla said...

I have to agree with you. They look like they would be a blast to have around.

Gone Country said...

They are so pretty. It looks like they're lining up to jump off the high dive into the pond, lol!

Karen said...

Never seen ducks in trees before!

Ron said...

I love the close up shots on the trees!

Felicity said...

Our neighbourhood ducks look veritably bland compared to these fancy footed and lipsticked friends.

Thank you as ever for sharing the delights from your pocket of the world T.

x

Denise said...

I wish these lovely ducks would visit me. Your photos are wonderful, such a nice variety. The crow is great too. I get a couple on my deck every day lately but if those whistlers ever landed you'd be hearing me hooting all the way to Texas :)

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

LOL, they looks like they march to their own drum.

Sally said...

I've never seen whislting ducks. These photo's are awesome!! Thank you for sharing such wonderful things around your home. :)

Val said...

Photos 6& 7 crack me up!! These ducks are just too funny.

Jenn Jilks said...

I love your ducks, too! Well worth the price of admission!!! [bags of bird seed!]

Cheers from Cottage Country!

Rita said...

They really are slightly odd looking so that they make you laugh, but are still so cute. Maybe they think they are crows...perching in the trees like they do--LOL! ;) I'd be watching them all the time. Unique!! And entertaining. :)

Farm Girl said...

You could post nothing but pictures of these guys and I would enjoy it each and every time. They are so amazing. The pink feet just crack me up. I am so glad they are there for awhile. Your grass is so pretty and green.

Crafty Gardener said...

Such a large flock, and what colourful legs and beaks, Great photos

Carletta said...

LOVE that shot by the pond - lovely reflections!
The 'out on a limb' shots are wonderful.

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

I love the photo at your feeder tree! Very nice set up!

It's me said...

O so so so sweet !!!...xxx...

Chatty Crone said...

I wish we had those in GA - I love PINK! sandie

Robin said...

T, great shots! Those guys are just the greatest ducks! With their odd colours and big pink feet! Love um!

Pam said...

The Whistlers have beautiful markings and colors. I did not realize how small they were.
Great shot of the feeder and pond, Theresa.
cheers :)

Modesto Viegas said...

Beautiful flock!
Great shots!

Paula said...

Those are just the prettiest ducks I've ever seen. Our old ugly ones left to go where ever they go.

KAT said...

those ducks are so pretty I love the legs and beaks of pink tint. I have never seen any like these around here.

great photos !

-KAT-

Andrew said...

Wonderful ducks to see and many thanks for adding the crow to show the size of them.

Doh! you live in Texas so I bet your crows are the size of a big dog lol.

Gary said...

They're quite beautiful though!! Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River, Canada.

Eva Ason said...

Wow - They're so cute! You certainly live in an interesting place getting to see these ones every now and then. I love their colors.

Becky said...

How really COOL to have these ducks in your yard. They are so darn cute! I would have 100's of photos of them if they showed up here.
I love your header.
B.

Annette said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE those ducks!

parker said...

Great photos today! Every time I see those web footed ducks roosting or sitting in a tree I get tickled!

Millie said...

They do look pretty funny all lined up on the tree.

Bob Bushell said...

I love them as well as you. Pretty and good climbers, lol.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Ducks in a tree. That is weird and I love it too. I am thinking of you when I take photos of moss and ferns.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I enjoy seeing these ducks. They are colourful and somewhat comical,and I love them.

Filip Demuinck said...

These are circus ducks. They walk on trees.

Greetings,
Filip

pattisjarrett said...

Hope this isn't a duplicate, I didn't get the message that my comment was saved. Ugh. We enjoy those ducks in the tree!

latebloomerbuds said...

I adore those sweet things! I want some to hang out in my trees. Such peculiar creatures the way they do that. Will you send some over please? Margie

Adam Tilt said...

Can't get enough of those ducks. Fantastic looking birds.

Angela Häring-Christen said...

The ducks are so cute!
Your pictures are fantastic.
I love the ducks on the tree.
Greetings, Angela

eileeninmd said...

AWWW, they are so cute. I love their pink legs. You are so lucky to have these cute ducks in your yard. Wonderful photos, Theresa.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

They are very entertaining-enjoy:@)

Bruce Clark said...

Love those feet and bills...and I agree with you...Love those ducks.

georgettesullins said...

Very cute friends.

Diane AZ said...

I don't think I've ever seen ducks in a tree before. They sure are funny and cute!

wayside wanderer said...

I totally get why they make you laugh. I'm convinced that they are some of the funniest creatures ever!

Michaele said...

They certainly make themselves at home. I would love to hear them.

Mama Zen said...

Nice shots! They look so cute all lined up on a branch.

bj said...

Now, this is a LOT of ducks. So stinkin' cute, no wonder you love 'em.

I laughed at your "they taste like bacon" regarding your black eyed peas. I can't believe that you live in Texas and had never had black eyes before. My goodness, woman, you need to have them at LEAST once a month just to keep your soul alive!! hahhhaaa...you are such a cutie.

Sondra said...

AMazing to see Ducks in Trees...not something Ive seen before!! Excellent post

Michelle said...

I love those pink beaks and feet!

Rohrerbot said...

I love these ducks. They look different and have different behaviors from others. I guess they do come by Tucson every now and again, but I haven't seen any yet. Hope they hang around you for awhile. Like these pics:)

Melodie said...

Those are the most comical ducks I have ever seen!

Tammy said...

How nice of them to pose so nicely on the old tree for you :)

Did I miss it, did you ever say why they call them whistling ducks?

Tammy said...

Love these guys! I see them here in the summer. They sort of look like stuffed animals to me. Glad all the birds were getting along.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

I just love those ducks! So cute!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Send some of their brothers and sisters my way. I love 'em but have never seen a single one ever. They are lovely and comical and wonderful! They also behave a bit like the Wood Ducks with their tree perching habits. Have an excellent day tomorrow!

NewMexiKen said...

Those ducks are really honoring you with their presence! Beautiful images!

Barb said...

They sure stick together! I love those pink/red legs.

Marie said...

They are just the prettiest ducks! And so comical too...the one in the eleventh shot who is trying to land, with his feet outstretched just cracked me up!

Lorilee said...

The ducks are so cute. I can imagine that they are quite entertaining!
Blessings,
Lorilee

Angela said...

I just love them! They are very small seeing them beside the crow. It just doesn't seem like they could fly and land in a tree like that! lol That is funny! Do they knock some down when they land?

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful, I was hoping you would show these birds again. It is hilarious the way they roost along the branches of that dead tree. I would love to hear them whistling, do you have any clips?

Annette said...

Actually Camille is my daughter. She is my youngest and I have a son in college.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

These are a fantastic group of photos, Theresa! I love the shot of the one coming in for a landing! And that crow is determined to get in on the action!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I had to laugh at all the ducks lined up on the tree branch. Great photos and wonderful post!

rainfield61 said...

These ducks do entertain.

Such an artist they are.

Madge Bloom said...

I love their colorful feet and beaks...

Martha Z said...

I think I would spend so much time watching them I'd get nothing else done.

Country Mouse Studio said...

They are amazing. I can't get my mind around a duck in a tree. Such beautiful faces. I bet they make that food disappear quickly

Tom Stewart said...

I love the Ducks! I have never seen them before and the color combination is awsome!
Only mother Nature can take colors that would not normally go together and make it work!
Great shots!
Tom

Linda R said...

They are so cute. I just love the way they are all lined up on that tree..

Breathtaking said...

These ducks are amazing in all sorts of ways.They do look like they are lined up on a diving board
before taking the plunge.The black
birds acceptance of these visiters
is pretty awesome too!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I have to say I really like these ducks!

Cheers - Stewart M

Allison said...

Such a sweet and quirky little line up. :)

Catherine said...

Look at all your fantastic bird feeders! No wonder the birds like to hang out at your house. :)
xo Catherine

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They're just so cute -- that one where they're lined up on the tree limb looks like they're playing follow-the-leader. But the next pictures show that being leader is a temporary job! They make me smile too.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Please tell your friends to come visit us- you're having too much fun with these little guys!
I'd watch them all day!

Kerri said...

Those pink feet get me every time! LOVE 'em!

Wolfsrosebud said...

too cute... I especial noted the green grass... we're under snow yet

Liz said...

What a great series of ducks!! Love their colours.
You live in the most wonderful place.... birds, fences, barnage, dogs a plenty... so much country!! sigh... :)

Furry Bottoms said...

Wait a minute, we don't see ducks hanging out in trees over here!!! How cool!!

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Oh my...perching in that tree like that, they remind me of a bunch of vultures

Michelle Renee said...

The more I learn about these cute little ducks, the more I like them. Cool pics of them all lined up...I wish we had them here!!!!!!!

Springman said...

Looks like the circus came to town!

Arija said...

They really are loveable with their orange bills, black nellies and PINK legs. The legs appear extra long for ducks. Certainly very entertaining to have around.

Yes, I know I have word verification in everything. Did I make a boo-boo? O also have four languages on my computer and sometimes I miss seeing which one I am writing in.

Thank you for your kind thoughts on my recent loss.

Joe said...

Like the shots on the old dead tree.

Southwest Arkie said...

They are just gorgeous- please send a few this way- I want to see them up close!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

OOOooooooh!!!! what a terrific invasion!! i LOVE the picture with them all lined up...and sitting still...oh so pretty...on the dead tree branch!!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Those are some cute ducks--never seen that before. You must have some good food worthy of a stop.

Cindy said...

I am so glad to know what these ducks are called! We have a few at our place and thought they were so cute! I think they have a nest close to our stock tank, they have been hanging out there for a couple of weeks. GREAT photos!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos.

Regards and best wishes

Rose said...

Oh, I am glad they make you laugh, too...they give me the giggles. And don't you love the ones you caught in the process of landing on the tree...

Becca said...

Aw...love their little salmon colored feet. :-)

Larry said...

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks are really cool and obviously fun to watch Theresa. You sure have gotten great photos of their antics. The shots with the Crows are great to see also ;-)

Andy (AndysLens) said...

That is so awesome.

Amila Kanchana said...

Nice seeing them Jolly Ducks again! Your new blog template is cool!

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