Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Whistlers on Wednesday 53

Picking back up on November 3rd with our 'first in flight' juvenile whistling duck. He flew from atop the fence panel along the pond shore up into the yard to join his parents under the bird feeder tree - the first time he'd been back there since I first spotted them on Sept. 14th as tiny striped hatchlings. I took oodles of photos of him, so I'll just inundate you with some of them, today...

I think his in-between feathering is just so striking!


One of his parents.





So stinking cute!














Welcome to the big, wide, expanded world, little one!

133 comments:

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

ok, very cute but I have four questions:

first; how do we know he's not been kidnapped or illegally adopted by the supposed parent?
I mean look at the color of his/her beek

second; can I see his or her birth certicicate? is he or her an 'illegal' im-migrant?

third; how did the one get a coffee container balanced in between him or herself balancing on the bird bath? a circus actor?

fourth; why did her or her choose Folgers over Maxwell House?

otherwise cute!

Molly The Wally said...

The little one is so cute and looking very healthy.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Janey and Co. said...

Finally old enough To go out to eat. how sweet!

Giga said...

Śliczne zdjęcia zrobiłaś maluchowi, ale zasłużył na to :).
Cute photos of your child did, but he deserved it :).

Beth Edwards said...

i wonder when the little ones beaks will change to pinkish orange like the adults? i love the growing up stage. awesome!! keep up the pics. has it gotten cold in your neck of the woods yet? i wonder about our family ... don't want them to run away yet. i enjoy them so! ( :

Pallavi said...

He is so adorable . The picture of him looking directly into the camera is so cute and hilarious.. looks like he is a little grumpy :)

Mersad said...

I like the darker feathers against the green grass. Lovely images!

Dianna said...

They are cute. Do you take the photos with a long lens, or will they let you get close?

Carole M. said...

and they're tall sleek and fantastic

Pam :) said...

This one little one is especially cute. I love your Whistlers for Wednesday series T :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Adorableness!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

So cute! They are such photogenic ducks!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Tex he is a cutie! They are adorable as they grow up. All long legs!!! Darling faces!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love his purple beak!!

Abraham Lincoln said...

A curious sort of duck he is. I had never seen them here. I also took a second and third look at your nifty bird feeder and think I figured it out and what the red can underneath does. Clever and it works hard to keep the dish on the pedestal I bet.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

He looks so moody compared to his parents!

DJan said...

Yes, he's adorable. Almost as big as his parents now. I love these birds... :-)

sonia a. mascaro said...

They look adorable!

Sandra said...

I like the color of his beak, that grey blue is beautiful and I assume it will turn that pink color of the parents. like the stripe down the back of the neck to

Lynne said...

Love this little one in his/her grey purple beek . . . how did that happen? Do they start out that color and then change to orange?
Sooooo cute . . . gotta be my favorite . . . I'll take MORE!

georgettesullins said...

Adorable shots and Marcoantonio's comment is hilarious!

Donna said...

Hahaha, love this young juvenile! Very photogenic!

Linda said...

A great set of images of the little guy. You got some marvelous close-ups. I fully expected to see him atop the bird bath/coffee container/platter feeder. He looked as if he was trying to figure that one out.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, love that blue beak, such fantastic shots.....Blessings Francine.

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the whistlers.
They are all perfectly sharp.

Greetings Irma

Tanya Breese said...

awwww i want a whistler for christmas!

Hilary said...

How do you resist trying to grab him and plant a kiss on that fuzzy little head? Look at the last photo.. the way he stands. If those legs and feet were orange, they'd be Big Bird's.

parker said...

Good coverage on the ducks. You have become quite the observer of their world.

Cranberry Morning said...

So, so beautiful! And he doesn't have to worry about anyone eating him.

polkadotpeticoat said...

I love there quirkiness......Heidi

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh, and I meant to say that I love all the gorgeous, muted colors especially in that first photo!

Samantha K said...

I like that juv. bill color...so pretty!

Miss Val's Creations said...

The ducklings are getting so big and so photogenic! This is a great collection of photos.

Anvilcloud said...

These are certainly very long-necked ducks. Sort of goosish.

Kate said...

I'm intriqued, too, about the different colored bills.

Our photos said...

What a lovely duck photos!

Judy said...

I just love these guys, great series.

Terri Buster said...

Oh, he is a cutie! Our otters have moved on and the pond is full of Canadian geese. I wish it would attract more varieties, but the pond is about 50 yards too far for me to get any decent photos like you get. If I walk out there, they take off. I need to work on my stealth moves.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

He's a pretty boy! Love the shot of him looking straight on at the camera:@)

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That shot of him looking at you straight on his the best. So cute for sure.

stiefbeen said...

ja dit is echt genieten.

Julia said...

Oh my, this is awesome... They are at your feeder so now they will be repeat visitors. Fantastic... Great shots. I love the blue beaks on the juveniles and pink beaks on the adults.
Hugs,
JB

joeh said...

you're like a proud Mama!

S. J. Qualls said...

Very cute, indeed!

Montanagirl said...

Just love these guys. He's not so little anymore!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

So much cuteness here! Adorable. So happy to see they are doing well and getting so big.

EG CameraGirl said...

Love the parent up high on the pedestal but is it being a good role model for the young'uns? ;))

Marit Sønstebø said...

Lovely pictures!

Karen said...

A very enjoyable inundation!

don said...

A fine series with so many different expressions. You take excellent close ups with details and colors I like very much.

Sylvia K said...

They are so beautiful and I love your pics as always!! Next best thing to having all of them here in my back yard!!!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

So cute. It's amazing those skinny little legs can hold them up. They look almost like they could break just above the knobby knees!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Oh Marco was so funny with the questions.

Oh he is sure a Beauty.

The bird the bird.
Ha-ha

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

He has grown into a handsome young guy!

LV said...

He appears to be a very proud and majestic fellow.

Bob Bushell said...

Wonderful whistling Wednesday, great photos.

Ms. A said...

It must be so awesome to witness this firsthand! We see the dramatic changes in your beautiful photos, but I'll bet you can almost watch them grow, minute by minute!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love following as they grow. Your "yard" is amazing!

DeniseinVA said...

He is, what I am sure they are saying in the Whistler world, a real doll :)

Laura. M said...

Very good all serious. In a very fixed look :))

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So nice to see them grow - and now a teenager with the usual Mohawk and gangly knees :-) He/she seems as curious about you as you are of him/her! I have been holding my breath and hoping they survived - it's a tough world out there. xo Karen

Nancy J said...

Super photos, in one he has that so curious stare, great details of his feathers too. What a bonus to see all this. Cheers from Jean

Debbie said...

awwww....i love the side by side with mom or pop!!

and that stinkin' cute shot is just so stinkin' cute!!

what an adventure this has been!!

Kleine Waldameise said...

These ducks have such a pretty poem. But over the long legs I could always laugh.

Have a nice evening
Waldameise

Gail Dixon said...

Inundate all you want--these are great! Still think your Folgers feeding station is so inventive. It appears the youngster is on to you in that last shot. lol

Mary said...

Oh my goodness! What a sweetheart! :)

Patty Woodland said...

He looks so intent!

Lynn said...

you got great close ups, and he is a cutie, plus when adults they are such a lovely looking bird.

Red said...

It's surprising how long it took for this guy to fly. they are also very large by the time they fly. It's been a great story to watch these guys grow up.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Awww, what a cutie! I love his blue bill :)

Helma said...

Really nice one great series of these young duck. His blue bill also says that he is still young. Brilliant series :-)

Ela said...

He is so beautiful duck

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos! I love your Whistlers!

sharon said...

really love their beaks. So colorful.

Robin Lamb said...

T, he's very handsome! I'm sure by now all his peers are joining him at the feeder!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hi!
He is really cute. Hope he stays at your Lovely Place with the pond.
majsan/

Stephanie said...

I just love how you pick up on their character. They stand tall, with a nice colored band around their necks, very cute!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

He's so adorable! I love how he looks standing in the grass, looking around, learning about the world. His parents have probably told him so many nice things about the woman who feeds them and takes all those pictures. :-)

Alica said...

What fun, to watch him grow up!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These guys are developing into beautiful birds.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

I wonder if he & his parents know how proud you are along with them!! It's like baby's first steps! I think it's amazing that his bill is gorgeously blue while his dad's is so coral!

DeniseinVA said...

Hello again, thanks for getting back to me. Your comment gave me another clue but no I don't click on create a link when leaving a comment. Oh well, onwards and upwards :) Thanks again and have a great day!

Farm Girl said...

His beak and feet are black. When do they change? Do they all change to orange and pink or have you ever seen black beak and feet? He is a beautiful guy.

RedPat said...

He is a good-looking kid!

Magia da Inês said...

°º✿♫
°º✿
º° ✿✿ ♫° ·.Que série mais linda de fotos! O filhote é muito gracioso.
Bom Noite!!!!
Beijinhos.
¸.•°♪♬♫º°

barbara l. hale said...

He is a strikingly handsome little Whistler. Thanks for posting all these pics! I hope he lives a long and happy life.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Oh yes! Go ahead and inundate us with pictures of Whistling Duck ducklings! Soooo site! Love 'em! Have a pleasant and fun Thursday tomorrow!

Inger said...

He looks proud, as if he understands his world just go so much larger.

eileeninmd said...

He is stinking cute, Tex! Lucky you to have these adorable ducks visiting you. And yes, he and all his buddies are welcome. Wish they would come here. Great shots!

Willow said...

What an expressive sweetie. I love the blue grey hue of the juvenile beak.

Karen S. said...

Oh my goodness. Their beauty is beyond words. They just sparkle with personality!

c. Joy said...

They could be dumb as rocks and mean as all get out, but your photos give them such personality! Love the blue bill.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Such a happy face too; well fed and with its juvenile beak. Hope they all survive, they can be grateful to you!
Hugs,
Mariette

Pom Pom said...

Oh, what a charming little guy!

Buttons said...

Evening Tex I truly love Whistlers and this youngin's suit suits me just fine. Love the can sitting:) Hug B

Brian King said...

Man, they're big! I like the muted plumage! It kinda reminds me of a female Wood Duck.

Stephen Hayes said...

He's a smart looking chap. I hope he and his family have a good life.

bailey-road.com said...

What a handsome youngster! These are great shots.

Catherine said...

I like those webby feet! :)
xo Catherine

KB Bear said...

Way to go, little one! I love the beak colors of the baby and the parents - they're incredible.

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Olá,
fotos perfeitas do lindo jovem.
Abraço
ag

Michelle said...

I always love seeing the Whistlers.

Randy said...

They must be a joy to just sit and watch.

Paula said...

What a face to love!

Susan said...

So cute and almost as big as Mom & Dad.

Raggedy Creations said...

"little one", ???? LOL he looks to be pretty good sized, of course I know you mean in age. neat how his bill is different color than Mom and Dad.

Lois Evensen said...

The young ones are so cute! A little awkward, a little goofy, and just darling. :)

amanda | wildly simple said...

So handsome! You got some great shots of him!

SweetMarie said...

So stinking cute indeed! These are wonderful!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

we had a protected Paradise duck, but they spread so much that they are making farmers unhappy, eating too much grass from where the sheep graze.

Love your ducks.



How are you? Sorry I was awol, I went for a long trip, and when I came back, I didn't do much blogging.

Weekend-Windup said...

They looks so beautiful with the pinkish color in beak. Young one looks very cute...

McGuffy Ann said...

Adorable!

Laura. M said...

Good weekend Teresa. Until Monday :))

michaelswoodcraft said...

Boy they have grown. They are beautiful, great shots!!

Barb Brookbank said...

Love these guys!

Betty Manousos said...

they are so cute! and excellently photographed!

Fjällripan said...

Love them!! It has not been so much birdphotography for me lately...I miss it...:)

Kathy said...

Great whistles portraits.

Kathy said...

P.S. I'm working on a tablet from the hospital and my finger typing is rather poor.

edenhills said...

They are adorable!

Wally Jones said...

Those darn kids grow up so fast!
Great series!

Rita said...

Yup! So stinkin' cute! :)

wayside wanderer said...

Ducks have some of the sweetest faces ever. I want to see a beak pink up! :)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Nice looking young duck. Guess he'll get his orange color soon. How exciting for him to take that first flight! Hope there are still 6 of them!

wis north said...

Isnt he though. Cute that is what a ham. Stay off the ice!

Paul said...

Handsome young fellow! I can't believe how quickly they grew up especially considering their late start.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Tex Wow! How they are grown up since I was away. Great shots.

Daryl said...

it maybe friday but i am still enjoying my wednesday smile and giggle at those always funny little birds

Rose said...

Oh, my, these are wonderful...what a handsome whistler!

bon bon said...

love that straight on shot too! hee hee!! and those knobby knees! great shots, twg!

pattisjarrett said...

So stinkin' cute is right! How exciting to follow its journey from ducklinghood.

DIMI said...

Adorable ducks!!!I love them!!!Wonderful pictures!!
Dimi...

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Are you sure you aren't recycling and posting the same whislter pics? hmmmm No normal person would have this many pics ;)

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