Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Whistlers on Wednesday 16

Goofy, limb-sitting ducks.


 And eating under the bird feeders.



For those of you who wanted to hear their whistles, here's a video I shot with my cell phone one evening.
video

151 comments:

georgettesullins said...

They do whistle! I have wondered about that. Thank you for the sounds. Delightful!

Buttons said...

Morning Tex I LOVE the video I have never heard these beautiful birds before. Now when I see the awesome photos of them lined up on a tree branch I can imagine the sound. Tank you. B

Pix Under the Oaks said...

The Whistler Family! Cool hearing them Tex!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

They really do whistle!

Crissi said...

Beautiful, thanks for the Video!
Nice day
Crissi

Deb said...

Just love those guys

Kathy said...

These guys certainly provide you with lots of entertainment!

Lynne said...

Perfect limb for perfect perching! I like my Whistlers!

Lynne said...

Off I go to listen . . .

Julia said...

Your whistler ducks are nice to watch and the sounds seems to come from smaller birds. Very interesting.

Happy Spring.
JB

andy said...

Gorgeous pictures !!!!! Have a wonderful day

Molly The Wally said...

Sitting ducks LOL! Brilliant Tex. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Dicky Bird said...

As you fully are aware of, being born and raised in Wisconsin; sitting here in my kitchen, snow covered yard, first day of Spring....I so enjoyed listening to your video!! Blessings from Ringle, WI.

Sandra said...

thanks for the whistles, and I liked viewing live what you see each day. the ducks on the limb look like they may be contemplating line dancing.

nic.b van es said...

wat een prachtig gezicht zo allemaal op de boomtak.

DJan said...

Now I know why they are called whistling ducks! They are not only cute and goofy looking, but loud, too! :-)

Daryl said...

i see you've got your whistlers all in a row, T!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

How fun that they have returned :-)

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, Thanks Tex, you made my day, love to see the Ducks and hear their whistle, how fun was that....beautiful pictures, Spring Blessings Francine.

Joop Zand said...

Very good post...... i like these birds.

Greetings, joop

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

These are the neatest ducks!! love their coloring and long legs and coral duck bills! I can't listen to your clip here at school-- will have to checkit out when I get home tonight!! Love the photos!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

These are the neatest ducks!! love their coloring and long legs and coral duck bills! I can't listen to your clip here at school-- will have to checkit out when I get home tonight!! Love the photos!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I've definitely never seen ducks sitting on a limb - I'm going to have to come back for a listen (when I'm not at work...)

MarkD60 said...

The video proves it. Ducks whistle.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

Now this is one of my fav. pics.
If I was a writer for AFLAC I would introduce one of these whistlers to their AFLAC duck.

Giga said...

Pięknie wyglądają stojąc obok siebie na gałęzi nad stawem. Pozdrawiam.
Look beautiful standing next to each other on a branch above the pond. Yours.

RoeH said...

I seriously could listen to birds all the time. Outside my bedroom window in the mornings I usually hear doves, pigeons, and for some reason this area is getting the big black crows. We've never had them here. Perhaps it's just temporary. So they are fun to listen to now. I used to hear a mockingbird out there going through all of his sounds - one of which was a telephone ringing. :)

Linda said...

Thank you for the video! I hadn't been able to get the audio link that you provided before to work, so it was neat to hear what you hear on the video. That's just amazing. Not the sound I would have expected from them. They apparently talk to each other as they fly, too...like geese do.

Dianne said...

I truly love these guys :)

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa...I love these guy's they sure like your place!!
The limb shot is just great,and thanks for the sound affects ; )
Grace

Betsy Adams said...

Great pictures of the gorgeous Whistlers... Bet they know it is Wednesday --when you are out there taking their photos.. ha

Hugs,
Betsy

MTWaggin said...

Lookie there, all lined up. Almost like they are waiting for lunch! LOL

Furry Bottoms said...

They look SO different from the ducks here in Seattle. Our ducks are mallards and the feathery brown kind, or the white. You have such a variety!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Dang, you get so many cool birds at your place.

Susan said...

They are goofy, I think that's what so endearing about them. They sure don't sound like ducks.

Jan n Jer said...

They make me smile...

Kerri said...

You sure have your ducks in a row :) Sorry I couldn't resist!!
Great captures .... I really want to see one of these one day!!

Karen said...

Oh drat, the video wouldn't load for me, but I enjoyed the photos.

Hanne Bente said...

Hello TexWisGirl - beautiful pictures showing some beautiful ducks ..... nice to hear it in your video.
Outside my window sits there and pigeons coo - the birds have begun to sing / whistle and build nests ...... so spring is coming soon. Wishing you a great Wednesday :) Hanne Bente

Barb Brookbank said...

I love those birds sitting on the tree like that. And their whistling is like music to my ears.

Patty Woodland said...

Happy and eerie all at the same time

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The first 3 pictures made me think of the shooting gallery at a carnival or circus midway. "Step right up folks.."

Gillian Olson said...

Really enjoyed hearing the Whistlers and they are very photogenic. That is quite an interesting wood "sculpture" you have in the pond too.

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Registos como este encantam qualquer apreciador da fotografia pela sua enorme beleza.
Parabéns pelo magnifico trabalho e apresentação.
ag

Leovi said...

Wonderful pictures, I like the colors and the softness of the colors of the plumage on those ducks! Excellent photos!

don said...

A fine series of this pretty bird. I enjoyed getting to hear their whistle. Fine post.

Richard Pegler said...

Great pictures of the ducks! They look a very strange duck to an English eye!

barbara l. hale said...

I adore those damn ducks! And now I understand why they are called Whistlers.

Stephanie said...

I will listen to the video later on the computer, not showing up on the iPad. They are pretty to look at and their beaks is a lovely color.

Beth said...

I really like this series of photos. Lovely ducks!!

Ms. A said...

Quite the group you've got there!

Angela said...

Wow! I didn't realize there were that many of them there at one time! That's a lot of whistlers!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

A whole clothes line of the beggars, haha!

Łucja-Maria said...

I am unfamiliar this species of ducks.
With us there is no such.
I love your movie.
Regards.

Sylvia K said...

Colorful buggers, aren't they!! Are they having a convention??

Marina Linhares said...

Following adorable! Each is unique in composition!

gowestferalwoman said...

goodness - they can balance on that limb with those large clown shoe feet! they be gymnasts!

Gattina said...

Must have been a very important business meeting, lol !

Cloudia said...

Handsome pics, esp the final 2!

Aloha

edenhills said...

Love the ducks! Sure are a lot of them.

Robin Lamb said...

T, what a great song! These guys really crack me up! They sure like to sit in a row!

Terry and Linda said...

You have the coolest birds there. I love the video!

Linda
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http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Laura. M said...

Today many have come to see you ... is because you treat them well :))
a kiss.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I played the video and the dogs came running in all concerned. :) The way these whistlers are arranged on the curved limb is so awesome. I was so excited to see them at the lake last weekend, but they wouldn't come out into the light so I gave up.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They look so silly all lined up on that branch.

Inger said...

Oh, you should have seen Samson! He came flying in here, climbed up in my lap and tried to get into the computer when he heard the ducks. What great birds, you are so lucky to have them stop by your place. Love them and your pictures.

Stephanie said...

I came back to listen to the birds. That was great!

Busy Little Chicken said...

Great pics and video! They sort of sounded like squeakers out of a dog toy at times!! :)

Bob Bushell said...

A good title, aren't they beautiful.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Great shots! Love them all perched together on the limb.

EG CameraGirl said...

Handsome ducks.

Karen S. said...

I do believe I can hear their thoughts- "We are so lucky to be us!"

bailey-road.com said...

I loved hearing them in the video. They are so unducklike.

Debbie said...

oh my, what a beautiful whistle they have!!

but will i be able to sleep through that, when i come to live on the deck?? ;)))

you live in heaven, what a gorgeous, wonderful place!!

Jo's World said...

You know I am just crazy for these funny looking ducks. Unfortunately I cannot hear the video but I would rather think of them quacking anyway.

Cheers and hugs,
Jo

Marissa said...

I loved watching your video! I heard something making a different noise in the background a couple times - what was that?

Farm Girl said...

I loved the video. Those ducks always make me so happy. So glad they are back.

SweetMarie said...

It's a Whistler partaaay! :)

Merri said...

little squeakers!
nice shots.
- The Equestrian Vagabond

Nyloncamera said...

:–))

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful photos of those lovely ducks! The last one looks like a painting. My computer is so slow right now so I couldnt see your video with their sounds, but I will check it out later :)

DIMI said...

Beautiful photos and video Tex!I enjoyed seeing and hearing those fantastic birds!Thank you for sharing!
Dimi..

Lindsjö taxar said...

My favourites in your pond. How great you made a video....didint think they would sound like that

EM Illustrator said...

I love these birdies, and how nicely they are lined up almost as if they're whistling in choir. Enjoy your day

Michaele said...

I love how they come in "flocks".

Hilary said...

They are as sweet as can be.

Maple Lane said...

Love these pics and the video. My cats were in the room and heard the video and went nuts!

Tina Lou said...

Had to pin these cuties! Thanks for including the video- I loved listening to them and the pups did, too.
So far, the little skirl is recovering but hasn't been reunited with it's mama.

Carole M. said...

enjoyed the video clip also - you can pick up all the sounds without any traffic in the background; that's a big plus. The ducks just have it made and made for a great photo opportunity; lovely!

Magia da Inês said...

¸. • °º° ✿✿ ·.

Super imagens... amei... muita doçura para fotografar.
Boa continuação da semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil
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wayside wanderer said...

Goofy is right. I love their silly selves! :)

Ginger said...

As always, I love the Whistlers. Really love the pictures of them sitting on the limb and of course, the video is great!

eileeninmd said...

Oh wow, that's a lot of Whistlers. I wish we had them here, they are so darn cute! Great shots!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Here's my first thought when I saw your title... "let's see what these nuts are up to now". Love 'em:@)

Red said...

I'm impressed with the whistlers and I'm really impressed with the lush green grass.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

for ducks they look somewhat sheepish to me

Mama Zen said...

They are such pretty ducks!

Montanagirl said...

Wow how fun is that??? They really are "Whistlers" !! Love those duckies.

Rose said...

I see you have your ducks all in a row!!!

A Quiet Corner said...

Holy moose poops...they are whistlers!...:)JP

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh I love the whistling- they are so cute.

c. Joy said...

I want one.. or two. Love the ducks.

Raggedy Creations said...

They do have a neat whistle.
Thanks for sharing.

Felicia

Judy said...

I love those top three shots with them sitting on the limb.

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

in my next life I want to be a goofy limb sitting duck! Thanks for the sound bites, sounds like spring in Texas!!

Maria said...

You're fortunate to have these beautifully colored ducks around you.

Kerry said...

They're actually quite loud! I love these whistling ducks of yours & have never seen them outside of your blog. They look like musical notes all perched on that branch.

SquirrelQueen said...

They're back! I just love seeing these guys. I would love to see them in the wild instead of in the aviary like we have here.

Karen said...

Gee they look funny sitting on that branch, up close they are quite attractive though, great shots.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I wonder they recognize each other !

Margaret said...

DANG! Ha. It's noisy in your neck of the woods! And I adore the first few photos... it looks like a living sculpture.

KaHolly said...

Always a Kodak moment when the Whistling Ducks ar around!!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Oh my gosh there are so many of them! Loved the video, I would never ever leave your place, so peaceful and beautiful!

Catherine said...

That is a lot of cute ducks. :)
xo Catherine

Linda R said...

They look so cute all lined up on that limb. Great shots my friend.

Hugs~

Paula said...

They aways look so outstanding. Hope I hear one whistle in person someday. No not one, a whole bunch.

Carletta said...

The Wednesday Whistlers are sounding good!
Thanks for sharing that.

Leave It To Davis said...

How do they tell one from the other? They all look alike! The all sound alike, too!

Marie said...

They are so funny on that limb! And thanks for recording their song! That was neat to hear.

Michael Manning said...

It is truly amazing how these sounds can transport me back to my childhood. Such a nice post! :)

Karen said...

Those are really striking looking ducks! I played the video and my cat, Maggie came rushing over looking for the 'prey'. Ha ha! Very unusual sounds for a duck! So wonderful to see these right outside your window! xx

McGuffy Ann said...

They are so beautiful!

She Who Carries Camera said...

I can listen to the video since I'm on an ipad now, but that's some chorus line!!

Tanya Breese said...

they are just so darn cute! they make me smile when i see them! happy ducks!

Sally Crowe said...

Love the "line". You get the BEST photo's.

xoxo

Arija said...

I really love these red billed ducks of yours.

troutbirder said...

Some strange ducks lined up there all right...

Ron said...

Well at least you have all of your ducks in a row! :~)

Helma said...

Are the geese or ducks? In the water on the perch I find very beautiful! The geese or ducks in the grass have beautiful colors.

Nancy Claeys said...

So cool to hear them! That's quite alot of Whistlers in your pond. Wow!

Donna said...

Thanks for the sound - cool! LOL, they sure are cute ducks.

Sandy said...

Love those little guys but they sure are noisy critters!

Jeanne said...

I love the limb sitters, those are really fun shots and those ducks are so cute. Funny word to use for a duck but they are... cute!

Indrani said...

Thanks for the video. What a great start to my day! Very pleasing cacophony!

Margie said...

They truly are the cutest damned things! I want one as a pet, LOL!

Candy C. said...

I love the pictures of them all lined up on the limb and thanks for the sound effects, how cool!! :)

Black Jack's Carol said...

Oh, the video was wonderful! Just love it! Yeah I "get" your "jealousy" cause that's the way I feel about all the birds and critters you see that we don't. it would be neat to trade places for just a couple of days :)

Elaine said...

Love your Whistlers!

Kate said...

I enjoyed the close-up photos and was delighted to hear the sound at full volume. Sunrises and bird songs are the best in early mornings!

Betty Manousos said...

thanks for the video, theresa.
it was awesome. so are your photos!!

Betty Manousos said...

really enjoyed the video...i have never heard these adorable birds before.

~mel said...

nice to see you got your ducks in a row :)

Kris Beskidzki said...

Very beautiful birds and photos. :)

pattisjarrett said...

Great sound effect video! That big body on those itty bitty legs standing on a branch still gets to me. :)

Faye said...

What a peaceful sound--can you hear from your deck, porch? Nice. Great markings--kind of dandys, aren't they? Could tell for sure, but are some of them standing on one leg on the limb?

Yamada Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa,
Wow, they DO whistle and sounds really peaceful♬♬♬ I feel like my upset stomach got a bit better(^^;)
Enjoyed the beautiful pictures and sound very much after the rice-porridge lunch, hehe. Sorry for the belated comment.

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Love them & how they gather! And the sound, great!

Rohrerbot said...

They're back!!! You know, I have yet to find these birds in Tucson....or around Tucson. Some of the habitat was destroyed south of the city and the birds never returned. I'm hoping to find them somewhere in AZ. I'm glad you have habitat that allows them to hang out. Sassy ducks though!

Brian King said...

They remind me of vultures all lined up like that! Not nearly as imposing, though. :-) They certainly don't sound like any ducks I've ever heard! Pretty cool!

Lynda said...

The funny thing is it's almost like someone told them to line up for their picture to be taken - - - like for the school yearbook!

bon bon said...

omg, there are so many! you are blessed in that they return to your pond each year.

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