Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ring-Necked Duck

Had a ring-necked drake stop by this winter for a couple of days. These were taken on a rainy late December day.
You can see his faint brownish 'ring' around his neck.



133 comments:

Karen said...

I have always loved ducks... never seen this variety, look at the color of his eye!...

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I love the grasses in the foreground - and a very handsome duck!

Catherine said...

Rainy days are perfect for ducks! :)
xo Catherine

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A beautiful duck. It must have been a delight to see him drop in.

You have so many nice photogenic subjects!

Hanne Bente said...

Cute little duck :)

NatureFootstep said...

seems to be a bird I have not seen. Only it´s "cusin". :)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Yes- you could see the light ring around his neck. Does the female have one as well or the usual plain coloring?

Sandy said...

Love his eyes! They are piercing.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, that is one handsome visiter to the pond, love the Ring-Necked Duck, Blessings Francine.

Sandra said...

i like the color of his beak, have not seen one of these in real life.

Walking into walmart at 6:30 am this past week end and i heard quack quack so turned and went to find what was in the parking lot, 3 beautiful male mallards wandering around the lot. i smiled and continued in and heard loud squawking and turned and a woman was chasing them... wanted to smack her

DeniseinVA said...

Such a cool little duck. I have never seen one of those before. Great pictures! Thank you also for stopping by and wishing hubby a happy birthday. He very much appreciated the kind greeting :)

georgettesullins said...

Love learning what a ring necked duck looks like and can imagine his feet duck paddling along.

Buttons said...

Morning Tex he is a handsome devil:)
Snowing and cod here again, guess it is still winter. B

Lynne said...

A handsome boy on "your" pond/water?

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

I love ducks. The male ducks are always so beautiful.
I can see the ring around his neck.
The water looks chilly.

Molly The Wally said...

He looks well cute. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Beth said...

He is so cute!

I hope this is a great day for you!

Pom Pom said...

What a fine duck! The water looks cold! Brrrrr!

Samantha said...

WOW!!! Another I've never seen!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Well he sure had the pond all to himself!

Birdman said...

Lucky duck!
I wish what is falling outside my window this AM WAS rain. Alas, whiteness.

Linda said...

This is a new one to me. The splashing rain drops enhance the image. :)

MarkD60 said...

Imagine if the water was never cold, you could swim all year!

Barb Brookbank said...

Great sighting - that ring is hard to see.

Nancy Claeys said...

You are so knowledgeable about the birds -- amazing!

Nancy said...

Another beautiful duck for your collection....

Jan n Jer said...

He is a handsome quacker. Nice capture!

edenhills said...

What a lovely duck!

Debbie said...

i love the pattern the rain made in the pond.....so pretty!!

the duck is beautiful, what a special visitor!!

parker said...

Your visitors to the Pond come in all stripes and the number of species are many! Well Done!

Deb said...

we see a lot of those when we go to the lake...cool birds..

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

These are very striking ducks. Saw my first one this year. You really have to look hard or have the right light to see that ring. Lovely shots!

Janey and Co. said...

he seems to be enjoying your pond.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I love his blue and white beak.

Reflexos Espelhando Espalhando Amig said...

Belissimas imagens!
Ja seguindo
Bjins
Catiaho Reflexo d'Alma

She Who Carries Camera said...

Hi There! Thanks so much for stopping by my place today and saying hi! Very nice to meet you, although, if I dig deep into my memory bank, I think we might have "met" before, but I guess this blog web might have thrown us off kilter...glad we've re-connected! I'll add you to my reader now!

Laura said...

look quite content:-)

islandwonder said...

You get so many different types of birds stopping to visit. How nice!!!

Susan said...

Wow, these are awesome! He looks like he's enjoying the place.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

That is a beautiful bird and awe, was it all alone...wonder where it's friends were...hoping they have all caught up with one another by now~

Julia said...

You must live in paradise to have so many beautiful birds around. I love how the duck isn't bothered by the falling rain.
JB

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Ideal duck weather.

Sylvia K said...

Happy looking fellow -- in spite of the rain! I could use some feathers like that here in Seattle!

don said...

He's a cute little fellow. He's another of the wide variety of birds you see. Nice shooting.

Montanagirl said...

I've never seen one of these! You're so lucky to get such a variety of birds there!

i stora drag said...

Nice to see what variety of ducks there are in the world. This one I don't think we have in Sweden.
Greetings Pia

Karen said...

Love the raindrops on the water!

Leovi said...

Wonderful! I like that duck! Gorgeous!

Karen S. said...

A most lovely sight to behold!

Sally Crowe said...

I miss the ducks where I used to live. It makes me happy when I get to see yours. :)

joeh said...

The only ring-neck duck I've ever seen before was Daffy Duck. The resemblance is uncanny!

Raggedy Creations said...

Handsome fellow. Looks a tad like a loon.

Felicia

Patty Woodland said...

We get all manner down on the river but without binoculars there is no seeing them so there is really no photo taking unless I want to go out and set up the tripod and put on the telephoto lens and....blah, blah, blah

Carletta said...

He's a handsome fellow but he looks lonely in the rain. :)

Betsy Adams said...

Great photos of the Ring-necked Duck, Theresa... He had the water all to himself it seems.
Hugs,
Betsy

HansHB said...

A lovely serie of photos! Love it!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Neat looking duck, I like how his eyes contrast the black feathers.

nic.b van es said...

Je hebt hem er wel heel mooi opstaan.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I think it likes the rain!

Brian Miller said...

cool capture of the duck...it was raining as well i take it...have yet to see the ducks this year...they will be at our park soon i hope...

Kerri said...

Cool!

Robin Lamb said...

T, I don't know why they didn't call it a ring-billed duck!

gowestferalwoman said...

you must have invisible signs hovering over your place - "come stay and take a load off of your wings!" LOL

this past sunday was in the 40's so we took a walk; overhead the snow geese were flying back north- i stood there and listened as they flew so low i could hear their wings beating, looked directly up and watched as they shifted partners here and there with a honk or two...it was beautiful.

Deanna said...

I hope he wasn't all by himself...nothing lonelier than a lone duck in the rain.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Was he all by himself? He sure is a pretty duckie!

Łucja-Maria said...

I love ducks. It's wonderful birds.
Your a true model.
Regards:)

Ms. A said...

I'm ready to get out and see some ducks... or something other than the inside of my dang house!

Ken Schneider said...

Sure is hard to see that ring, but you showed it well. Funny they did not mane him "ring-billed" as that is such an obvious marking.

Phil said...

Good to see your pictures of Ring-necked Duck TWG as we occasinally get them here in the UK as vagrants. Never see them as well as your pictures though.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Very cute! I don't know if I've ever seen one of these before. I love ducks!

Karen said...

Very pretty bird. I can see its raining, nice shots though.

Tiago Braga said...

Nice photos, love the details of the rain and the duck, so cute ;)

mick said...

Great photos of a very interesting duck.

Marie said...

A handsome duck!

EM Illustrator said...

He is adorable, and the ring is hard to see but it's there. Have a great week.

Hilary said...

Isn't it fun to see what migratory critters come our way?

eileeninmd said...

The ring-neck is a great visitor. You do get to see some great birds in and around your pond. Great shots, Tex!

Lois Evensen said...

It does look cold!

SweetMarie said...

He looks so intense! I don't know if I've ever seen one before now. :)

Rose said...

He almost doesn't look real!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Encantado.

Giga said...


Looks like she had a necklace on the neck. Yours.

Terry and Linda said...

What a cool bird, I've never seen a duck like this one before!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Farm Girl said...

Very nice shots. I like the rain.

Susan, a Sometimes Blogger said...

Always nice to see your visitors to the lake. He looks quite at home there.
Love how you've caught the raindrops hitting the water too :D)

Chatty Crone said...

I think I see a little red on his neck.. sandie

DIMI said...

Cute little duck!!I can see the raindrops in the water!Great shots and captures Tex!Have a lovely week!
Dimi..

Jill said...

I love his eyes!

Jeanne said...

I love his eyes too!!! They don't seem to mind the weather.

Red said...

Yes, there it is...a brown ring! we don't get them here and this is the first time I've ever heard of them.

Pam ;) said...

Great rainy day capture T.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

A duck in a pond on a rainy day... Guess he's figuring "what the heck":@)

bailey-road.com said...

He likes the rain. Cute little duck.

Fireblossom said...

Make me feel real loose! Like a ring neck du--

Oh wait. It's "goose", isn't it.

Oh baby, that's-a what I liiiike!

;-)

Tina Lou said...

Wow, you can spot that eye from a mile away!

Bob Bushell said...

Yes isn't it, we get a few every year. Yours are beautiful.

Michelle said...

You have the best looking birds!

Paula said...

Mr. Drake is looking mighty regal.

Lisa Gordon said...

He is one handsome fella!

Andy Wilson said...

With all the wildlife in your pond, maybe a bird touring is in order? ;)

Dana said...

I've never seen a duck with eyes like that. Great photo!

Elaine said...

Such a nice variety of birds you get! Love your photos of your "Fly Girl"!

Randy said...

Was he singing in the rain.

Gert said...

This is so cool! Love the duck!

Blessings,
Gert

Brian King said...

Gorgeous duck! I've never photographed (or seen) one, except in pictures.

Stephanie said...

Cool looking duck!

Ebie said...

I am learning so much about the different species! I will pay attention to that "ring" next time.

Flat Creek Farm said...

So many ducks... that I never knew existed! And here's another one. Love, love, love the coloring on him.. and that eye. It glows! ;) Thanks for sharing and educating us :) -Tammy

Jeremy said...

What a beautiful bird, which looks very similar to our Tufted Ducks. Great shots!

Leave It To Davis said...

I like how you can see the rain drops hitting the water!

Marina Linhares said...

Well composed and good personage.

Brita said...

You show up yet andsort that I had never seen before. I can clearly see the brown ribbon around his neck. / Brita

Karen said...

A very handsome fellow! I like the rings on his beak, too! It must be exciting to see what lands on your pond on any given day! xx

Stewart M said...

Very nice looking duck - although it seems to be good weather only for ducks in the picture!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

SquirrelQueen said...

I know ducks love their water but I can help but think this guy might be wishing for a little sunshine. He is a handsome guy.

Gattina said...

What a cute little duck !

Tanya Breese said...

cutie!

Candy C. said...

He is a handsome fella and I love the raindrops splashing in the pond! :)

Gary said...

Nice sighting!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

McGuffy Ann said...

What a handsome fella! Nice picture.

Daryl said...

the expression 'like a duck to water' comes to mind

barbara l. hale said...

Handsome dude! A case where ring-around-the-collar is actually a good thing.

Fjällripan said...

A new one for me :) A great visitor in your pond.

Larry said...

I love Ring-necked Ducks Theresa and you've even caught the drake with the ring around his neck! Nice!

Neil said...

Beautiful looking duck.

Maple Lane said...

Beautiful.

Maria said...

A new one for me. Texas weather must be very nice, like P.R.'s!

Helma said...

These little ducklings we see only in winter. Then they pull away again. Your pictures are from December, I read it but you did it nicely in the picture got :-)

Black Jack's Carol said...

You caught the rings! Beautiful!

pattisjarrett said...

I'm glad you pointed out the ring, it does blend with the dark colors. Nice raindrop splashes as they hit the water.

Faye said...

Handsome guy, especially like the markings on his bill. Hope he comes back and brings some friends.

Rohrerbot said...

They're just starting to migrate from Tucson now. Hope you get to see more.

bon bon said...

"a great day for ducks" :)

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