Friday, May 31, 2013

Same area, different days

These are from late March and early April.
I put these 'natural' barriers in place to deter the horses from crossing the pond (to get into the yard) as the water level gets low. It is a favorite perch for the whistling ducks, and the turtles like to sun on the little island, too.









This could go on and on, but I'll stop here.

136 comments:

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I smiled and thought of you both days I played in the golf tournament this week. On hole number 10, there were Whistlers lining the left rough, next to the lake. Just made me SMILE! (maybe that's why I played so well!) blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

nice reflections, T. have a great weekend! ( :

Maple Lane said...

Fun pictures and I really like the reflection shots.

Hope you enjoy the weekend.

Jill said...

I'm with the whistlers and turtles...I really like your natural barrier!

Deb said...

I'm with Tanna they just make me smile

Nordis said...

Very beautiful photos
Have a nice weekend
Nordis

Terri said...

I would love to have these cute ducks visit my pond!

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

I think I recognize some of the faces. Also, there whistling sonds familiar. ;-0

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That little island practically needs its own traffic report!

Molly The Wally said...

Ha ha that is dual purpose. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

georgettesullins said...

awww...a sandbar in the pond. Have a great weekend.

Jan n Jer said...

Those whistlers are loving you for that nice barrier!

Pom Pom said...

Such lovely photos with reflections. Is it very hot yet?

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

I love seeing them sitting on the ground giving their legs a rest! I seldom see birds so relaxed.

Tanya Breese said...

i like them lined up on that branch like that!

Karen S. said...

They are so lucky to have you setting the stage for more fun in the sun! It's so lovely!

Karen S. said...

They are so lucky to have you setting the stage for more fun in the sun! It's so lovely!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These barriers may serve to keep the horses where they should be,but they also serve to create amazing pictures.

Midmarsh John said...

A real whistle stop. Have a great weekend.

DJan said...

I like the reflections. As if you didn't already have enough whistlers! :-)

Hanne Bente said...

Nice reflection images duviser. Smiles of "ducks" as a piano sheet music :)

Lynne said...

You have a VERY LARGE family . . .

Lisa RedWillow~ a Beauty seeker said...

They are Beautiful. Love how they lined up for you for the shot. :)

Sandra said...

even if you took out the ducks, these are awesome pics. the third down is a perfect arrow, did you see that and the barrier looks like music flowing.. the first one reminds me of the old cane mill. to make sugar they use the long thing for the person or a mule to walk around and push the center to squeeze it. looks just like the press

Kerry said...

They think you built it just for them:)

bailey-road.com said...

What a perfect little spot to bask in the sun. I love the reflections of the whistlers lined up on the branch.

Andee said...

I love that they have such a nice island. They all look so happy.

Barb Brookbank said...

Love it (them!)

Julia said...

I'm so glad that the whistlers are doing their best to entertain us through your blog. It's fun seeing them change position. I can imagine them trying to please you with their poses.
Love their reflections in the water.

Have a nice weekend.
Hugs,
JB

Daryl said...

truly those whistlers quack me up .... ;)

MarkD60 said...

I invented a new word "Morducks".
"You have morducks than anybody else"

dinascitywildlife.com said...

It looks like you've created a great little oasis for the ducks right there! Perfect.

Jo's World said...

I love how the whistlers move about, 3 close together, one farther away who sees he needs to close the gap, etc. I could watch those quackers all day!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

polkadotpeticoat said...

They look so sweet sitting on a log....Heidi

Ron said...

I like the reflections!

Laura. M said...

They are very calm, rested and you, took advantage. The third photo is great, the reflection is the same :))
A kiss.

Betty Manousos said...

so lovely!

love the reflections and composition here:)

Indrani said...

These are so beautiful, I wish I could take pics too.

don said...

I like this series of these ducks enjoying your horse barriers. The reflection shots give an extra "push" to the shots. Very well done.

rainfield61 said...

I am thinking of "Do Re Me..."

Łucja-Maria said...

Hello!
Captivated me your goose.
It's a real model. Survey on the surface of the water.
Beautiful images.
Regards:)
Lucia

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Série magnifica com lindas cores e nitidez.
ag

Alica said...

They posed so nicely for you! Love the ones with the reflections in the water, especially.

Susan said...

They are just so comical. I just love them. Must make you smile when you see them!

Montanagirl said...

Those Whistlers must just love you! They're so fun to see in your photos. Love the Turtle on his little island too!

Karen said...

I bet they think you put those there just for them!

Fun60 said...

I have not seen this type of duck before. they look so amusing. what a great series of photos.

Debbie said...

hehe, i know what you mean!! i take 100's of pictures of the same thing....then i think they are all marvelous and want to share them all!! i use a lot of self restraint in preparing my entries, so peeps come back ;)))

you sure do have a popular place!!

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

I love your choice of materials as a barrier! Especially that curved branch. Makes for some great photos!!

Ms. A said...

Love your ducks and turtles, but especially love the reflections!

James said...

So cool! I love the shots of the birds on the branch.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

The whistlers look like musical notes on a scale.

Cloudia said...

I love hanging on the ranch.


Aloha

edenhills said...

That is a lot of ducks! Cool reflections.

Malyss said...

those ducks are really funny! they seem to admire themselves!

Magnolia Tea said...

Very cool pictures!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Wow - your place is like a wildlife sanctuary - very cool. I love the way the ducks are all lined up on top of the barrier in the first picture - makes me wonder what they're watching.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Ehhh.. What a beautiful place to live.. Happy Ducks.. :-)))

Lynda said...

That is amusing that those little logs could stop the horses. I would have thought it required more.

nic.b van es said...

het lijkt wel alsof ze in de uitverkoop zijn.

'Tsuki said...

I just love the picture with the four ducks standing of the branch and their reflection on the water : the composition is so nice... But all the set is very pleasant to look at.

Kay said...

Love these ducks. Do they really "whistle"?

Patty Woodland said...

You could set up a Whistling Duck Hostel

Anne Payne said...

Lovely photos of the ducks!

Susan said...

Love, love, love your daily pictures.

eileeninmd said...

They just make me smile, love these cuties! Great shots , all of them!

Susan said...

Love, love, love your daily pictures.

Marissa said...

Love it!!!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Is the orange fence history?

Ian H said...

Those ducks are weird!

Robin Lamb said...

T, glad you got all your ducks in a row!

bon bon said...

that perch makes for great reflection shots too!

MTWaggin said...

Still weird seeing ducks perch but they sure have some great spots to use!

RedPat said...

I still find it funny to see ducks sitting along a branch like that! What a fun place you have with so much wonderful nature to see.

Leovi said...

Yes, I like the reflections with those ducks in the branch!

parker said...

These critters seems to have found an oasis surrounded by water. Their own little safe place for sunning and napping!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

I'll bet the Whistlers think your place is THE BEST! Great captures!

~Lindy

troutbirder said...

Was it really difficult to train them to always line up like that?

Primitive Stars said...

Such a wonderful place to hang out, lovely pictures, great reflections...Francine.

Linda said...

Love how they perch! Obviously they have a better sense of balance than I do.

Beth said...

Beautiful shots. The reflections are so pretty.

Margie said...

So artistic in and of itself sitting there. Add the wildlife and whoa!

S. J. Qualls said...

Great shots, as always. Puzzling though, do you give them directions? (Everyone face the camera)

Filip and Kristel said...

Four in a row, the funny ducks again.

Greetings,
Filip

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I love how they perch on that branch. They seem like they have such personality!

Cher' Shots said...

Do they whistle a different tune each day? I love the reflections on the water.
'love & hugs from afar'

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Wow, that is quite a densely populated island! Must be a favorite to all.
Hugs,
Mariette

Karen said...

I love the way they sit, one up one down, then back up. Beautiful shots with some nice reflections.

barbara l. hale said...

Love the whistler reflection pics! That's like double the whistlers. it's a good thing.

islandwonder said...

What an excellent perch!!

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

looks like a peaceful island retreat!

i stora drag said...

I said if before, I think, the ducks are so funny when they sit like this! Photo nr. 9 was little special with the turtle in the middle.
Have a nice weekend! /Pia

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Glad you have your ducks in a row! Ha! Have a super weekend!

Candy C. said...

And here I thought you put those poles across there just for the Whistlers! Love them perching on only one leg! :)

Margaret Adamson said...

I love your ducks. Great shots of them just hanging around. Have a great weekend. Margaret

DeniseinVA said...

Very cool photos and neat reflections!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

What a lovely bunch of quackers!

Barb said...

You have an ever-changing sculpture there at the pond.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I see you do truly have your ducks in a row:@)

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa,
What an amazing scene and made me smile with with them in a row♡♡♡ Love the beautiful reflection, my friend.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

c. Joy said...

That's really clever how you got those ducks to hop up on the tree and balance like that. ;)

Small City Scenes said...

Love the reflections and those silly Ducks. You also are helping the wildlife by adding the natural stuff. Goodo! MB

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Nice reflections. :)

RIZALENIO said...

Fun to look at images.

Happy weekend! :)

Raggedy Creations said...

Must be where the saying "get my ducks in a row" comes from. LOL.

Felicia

Farm Girl said...

I like seeing them on their perches. The water looks so still and reflective. I think it is so pretty.

Randy said...

A duck conference!

Margaret said...

This natural barrier is stunningly beautiful - a work of ART! Does it work keeping the horses out? It is prettier than the orange fencing :)

Margaret said...

I see the SMARTPAK advertisement for "Bug Off" I just bought some... my friend swears it works - it has garlic in it and the horses love the taste. We will see :)

Carletta said...

Loving the reflections!

Stephanie said...

Great pictures! You are spoiling me with all these wonderful shots of these birds.

Linda said...

I love the ones of the whistlers on the curved branch, with their reflections below. And the symmetry in the last two pictures looks staged.

SweetMarie said...

Look at all your critters! I really love the pics with the whistlers and turtle.:)

Joanna Jenkins said...

The reflections area fabulous! All great pics. Thanks,
jj

Karen Frost said...

This makes me smile. I grew up on a little pond with ducks and turtles and a little boat of my own for me and my dog. Your posts bring back good memories. xo

Angad Achappa said...

Wow to have a pond with ducks and turtles would be a dream for me. Lovely images!! :)

Regards,
Angad

Paula said...

That is one useful little island.

Une Angevine said...

j'adore les reflets

Marie said...

Trop beau, ce blog !

JM said...

They surely enjoy that spot. Very cool shots!

MarmePurl said...

Whistlers on Friday?

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a great little place you have guarded off from the horses to cross the pond, and it gives the wild to have some nice sunning and safe areas. The water reflection images are absolutely stunning! I saved a Red eared Slider just yesterday, when crossing a busy roadway~

Helma said...

This looks like a really nice area TexWisGirl :-)
Nice weather that ducks on the branch above the water.
I also see turtles here.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

I think I could easily sit and watch them all day!

Rose said...

Makes me think of a video from the muppets that Lorelei used to like...about the number 4....only it would be ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR whistlers standing by the shore.....

pattisjarrett said...

Love these! But then, you knew that.

Jeanne said...

Just looking at those little buggers is fun. It appears they are accustomed to posing for you.

Sandy Carlson said...

These are great. Thanks for these reflections.

Annesphamily said...

OH HOW I LOVE YOUR BLOG AND THESE SWEET WHISTLERS! I NEVER COULD WHISTLE! LOL! I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR HELPING ME IDENTIFY THOSE BIRDS I FOUND AT THE OPEN SPACES AT THE REC CENTER TODAY! I THOUGHT THE WHITE ONE MIGHT HAVE BEEN AN EGERT BUT WAS NOT 100% SINCE THERE ARE SO MANY KINDS! YOU ARE AN AMAZING GAL AND I AM HAPPY I KNOW YOU HERE! OH I AM SO HAPPY! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR INPUT! HUGS ANNE

Marie said...

Ring around the turtle! :-)

ladyfi said...

Such beautiful shots and reflections.

Catherine said...

Fun reflections!
xo Catherine

Brian King said...

Silly, goofy-ass ducks! :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Have you ever tried to count your whistling duck population? I am just awed every time I think of having that many (of any duck, but especially this wonderful one).

TheChieftess said...

I've never heard of whistling ducks!!! They're brown and beautiful!!!

Pat Tillett said...

I love these guys (thanks for the introduction). I like all the photos, but the ones with the four ducks on the branch are amazing!

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