Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Whistlers on Wednesday 54

Can you handle another post starring our photogenic juvenile Whistling Duck? Another overload of photos of him from November 4th.

He was the first of the 6 ducklings to fly and was busy exploring the bird feeder area with his parents while his 5 siblings remained at the pond.


 

 He had to see and try everything.
 

 
And literally get into things, he did.
   Kids...


   
  Might as well join him...
 

   








 Back and forth they went between the bird bath and water platter.


 

 


I am glad I took all the photos I did of him while I had the chance. The next morning, the family of 2 parents and 6 ducklings were gone...

123 comments:

Crissi said...

Beautiful series of photographs
nice day
Crissi

Anvilcloud said...

So, they've made it and whistled off to their next stop in life.

Revrunner said...

What? Vanished? Without a word to the photography crew?

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Charming and endearing whistlers !

DIMI said...

Good morning Tex!!Oh,yes!!It's the whistlers day!!Adorable ducks!!Lovely pictures!!
Dimi...

Kate said...

Well, you certainly made good use of their presence while they were there visiting you!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos! They're very cute.

KaHolly said...

What fun to watch this family grow! They certainly are funny! Now we all have a bigger appreciation and will see ducks in general with new eyes! Thanks for sharing!

Pantherka said...

Really wonderful series of photos. I really like.

DeniseinVA said...

I love seeing your Whistler family. Thank you for sharing all these cute moments.

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

Gotta figure out which one tasted best! Hopefully they all just headed on down the road:@)

Molly The Wally said...

They were so comical we will miss them. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Joop Zand said...

They are lovely...... good photographed Theresa

Marit Sønstebø said...

They are just lovely! I can handle many of them :)

Judy said...

I'm glad that you got to take all these photos of them as well.

Dicky Bird said...

Yes, good thing you took these adorable pictures. I like the one with his head crooked to the side - "what are you doing?"

Ela said...

Wonderful family. They are so sweet.
Greetings

Margaret said...

adore these ducks!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Especially those two frontal face photos are precious! They take off so suddenly and it leaves a void...
Hugs,
Mariette

Muffy's Marks said...

Love their soft expressive eyes!!! Great photos!

MarmePurl said...

Gone. Well good for them. A happy story you have shared.

KB Bear said...

What a wonderful series of photos! The juvenile is almost as big as his parent.

I wonder if some of this brood will be back next year? I hope so.

Primitive Stars said...

Loved all the pictures, handled it quite nicely.....Blessings Francine.

DJan said...

He's just the cutest thing. I'm glad you introduced me to these guys, and I cannot even imagine how much you must miss them...

Like you said, "Kids!" :-)

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Just like human children, they have to experience everything. And it looks like the adults still have a little of that child-like attitude, too, getting right into the water platter with the kid. Great series. I'm so glad the youngsters, though hatched late in the season, reached maturity in time to migrate.

Montanagirl said...

I swear these duckies have SO MUCH personality! You have great "memory" shots of them, and thank you for sharing them with us.

parker said...

I'm sure they will return next year. All grown up and ready to raise a family of their own.

Julia said...

Aww, I'm glad that you saw them before they left on their their vacations.
I've noticed that the juvenile's beak is getting darker. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us,
Hugs,
JB

Jan n Jer said...

I see your neck of the woods is getting some cold temps. Stay warm!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Such a cutie the young one is!! I do so love your whistlers. Keep 'em coming.

Beth said...

He is so cute. What fun it must be just watching those Whistlers.

Pallavi said...

He is so cute and definitely very very photogenic. :)

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Yes! I can handle more pictures!! Gone. Dang. Hope they have a happy life and a good migration. He looks kinda serious in those shots.

Lois Evensen said...

I can never get enough of them! Great. :)

Karen said...

He's a curious one! Great shots, I'm glad you took a lot, because once they are gone...they are gone!

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful, indeed! I don't suppose they're actually cuddly, huh. But they sure look so.

Patty Woodland said...

Finally went South did they?

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Aw I'm happy you caught these photos too. Loved this series an their story. Sounds like they were all big enough to head towards warmer weather. Yay I love happy endings :)

don said...

A fascinating series of this "advanced" duck. He certainly has advanced behavior. He's a born leader it appears.

Sylvia K said...

I'm glad you got all the photos you did! Such a handsome little young man he is! I think he liked posing for you!!

Bill said...

They certainly look like they keep things interesting!

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

Gone? It must be somewhat lonely are the ranch yard this past month.

Irma said...

Beautiful photos of the whistlers.

Pam :) said...

Your whistlers must be fascinating to watch. Nice series of shots Theresa.

Happy whistler Wednesday :)

Sandra said...

your handsome feathered dude looks like her learned all the tricks of the trade with no problem. sorry they have left for warmer climates...

Lynn said...

these are so amusing! wonderful shots and I so love that 6th shot, his look cracked me up.

Stephen Hayes said...

He does look self assured in those first photographs. I'm gonna miss this little family and I'm sure you will as well.

Betty Manousos said...

such cute ducks! wonderful series of photos!

Bob Bushell said...

Whilst whistlers on Wednesday, they are funny.

Paul said...

Such a teenager!

What a happy ending, but I'll be willing to bet you'll see the whole lot of them back next spring!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous series of my favorite bird!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

These are great shots of him exploring his world! I've so enjoyed following along with this family. You must miss them.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

The contrast in their beak color is pretty amazing. Good to see they have grown to their adult size.

Jeanne said...

Never get tired of pictures of these critters. Gonna miss them for a while.

Gail Dixon said...

Oh, I hate it when a favorite photography subject just disappears overnight. How rude. :) I so enjoyed seeing this youngster exploring his world. Cute cute cute!

Aditi said...

I love your Whistlers on Wednesdays posts!! I hope they do come back... :)

Mary said...

Love these! He's fascinating and so curious. I'm sorry they're gone!

Busy Little Chicken said...

Shame they've gone (where do they go to?)but you managed to get some great shots of them, very amusing! :)

Haddock said...

That is a pleasant overload in different poses.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These are awesome pics!

Ms. A said...

Gone? Oh no!!! I didn't get to see their bills change color! I'm so glad to have seen all these beautiful shots and to hear that six made it to leave. Hope they do well! Love the little water drops on their backs. I've enjoyed this series so much!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh my gosh -- I hope you mean gone as in migrated. Please say you do. I was going to make a light comment about 'the leader of the pack' but then I when I read the end I was afraid to make a joke.

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Olá, como sempre o é, a serie de fotos estão lindas.
Abraço
ag

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Tex. Wonderful series. I think he is going to be the leader of the pack. Up for adventure I think.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Great serie, hope they will be back!

Betsy Adams said...

OH---I'm sure you miss seeing that little family… Guess the other little ones learned to fly too….

Love seeing the juvie.. That one photo of Mom and Dad with the Juvie in the middle of them is adorable…. Love it…

Hope they are safe --as they head south for warmer pastures… AND--I hope they come back to see you soon.

Hugs,
Betsy

A Quiet Corner said...

Good thing is right!...:)JP

stiefbeen said...

die gaan nooit meer weg ,die hebben het veelste goed.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Lovely series of your Whistler Family. When will the young ones get their orange bills?

SweetMarie said...

I love this! It gave me tears of joy! :)

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

How green field! .. Your ducklings as happy as ever. I love it .. Regards

Fjällripan said...

Hopefully they come back next season :))

RedPat said...

Off to somewhere warm. You will miss them! ;-)

Debbie said...

These are just amazing t, what a great close up view we got!!

Are they gone, gone?? Or will they return?? Do you see any of the whistlers in the winter??

Robin Lamb said...

T, great series of shots! That young one certainly is curious! A wonderful new world opening up before him/her!

My Meddling Mind said...

You have a lovely blog, the photos are stunning. I really enjoyed visiting.:)

Madison

Beth Edwards said...

love the stand in water shots. that is too funny. enjoy the water. i wonder how cold or warm it was? ( :

EG CameraGirl said...

They are such characters and appear not to mind that you are photographing them.

sharon said...

love watching the babies grow up. and so fast too!

Magia da Inês said...

º° ✿✿ ♫° ·.
É muito bom esse contato com a natureza, poder apreciar a vida selvagem!...
Bom restinho de semana!
Beijinhos.
Brasil.
✿⊱°•.¸

Leovi said...

Yes, I love these beautiful framing, delicious photos!

Terry and Linda said...

I'm so glad you were able to photo document this lovely group of beautiful ducks! (AND YOU HAVE GREEN GRASS!!!)

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genie said...

I am still sewing!!! My fingers are so sore. As I was scrolling down these precious photos I was thinking...I wonder how much longer this family is going to stay put before they fly away...and then I read it. What a wonderful story you have shared with all of us. They have really grown. It is amazing. g

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

I love that one foot resting on the dish! He's a fine, strapping young lad!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

So sweet and precious seeing how big this one is and how well it is getting along...a wonderful post filled with magic of nature at it's best~

Fireblossom said...

Baby is very curious! But taking to it all like a duck to....well, you know. ;-)

eileeninmd said...

What a cute family! I enjoyed the series at the watering dish and bath. They are so darn cute! I hope they come back, I can not wait until Spring. Have a great evening.

Hilary said...

Ha.. I love how they stand in their water. They're too cute.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Great photos! aren't they having FUN!!

Red said...

It's funny the other five are so far behind in their development.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Been out of commission sick in Emerg so just back on board in blog land.

Happy the family Whistlers are all up and away and will return in Spring.

They will know what side of the fence to come in the Spring.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I always love seeing what the Whistlers are up to! Great series of shots!

bailey-road.com said...

They are so adorable! Great shots, Theresa!

Paula Fraker said...

Wow~ that is so amazing that his beak is not pink like the others!

Lady Lilith said...

Oh my. They have grown up really fast. Soon they will be adults. It is amazing how fast animals grow.

Michelle said...

Cute young ones!

Melissa said...

Are the salmon colored beaks the parents? Or are they a particular gender? You must have been sorry to see these ducks go.

ellen abbott said...

They flew the coop!

Paula said...

The one duck seems so curious of you and your camera. So cute!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, So glad you had the chance to watch the family of Whistlers grow up. Sad when they go, but perhaps they will return. Great series of funny, beautiful photographs. Have a super Thurs. tomorrow!

Rose said...

I wish you could send one my way! Just one and I would be happy...though two would be better. They are so cute...

Marissa said...

LOVE and JOY to see.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, my heart skipped a beat when you said they were all gone! I've grown rather fond of that little family! You must have felt so abandoned! I do love the fierce look in that youngster's eyes. There was something quite different about that one. You could see the intelligence. I do hope they come back.... xo Karen

ashok said...

cute creatures :)

Elaine said...

They are just TOO cute!

Brian King said...

He's a handsome dude! Glad most of them survived and were able to travel. They'll probably be back at some point...fully colored.

Giga said...

Może jednak wrócą, bo bardzo lubiłam oglądać Twoje obserwacje ich. Pozdrawiam.
However, it can come back, because I really liked watching your observations of them. Yours.

Daryl said...

these are exactly what the doctor order .. they make me laugh and warm my heart perfect for an icy cold almost end of the week day!

pattisjarrett said...

I'm going to miss them! Loved his inquisitiveness.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Awww, too bad they are gone. But at least you got some good shots while they were there.

Becca said...

I love these and NEVER get tired of seeing them because they always "quack" me up…hardy har-har!

McGuffy Ann said...

This made me laugh!

barbara l. hale said...

Hot feet? I don't know how you got anything done while they were there. I would want to be out watching them all day. I'm going to miss them!

Cloudia said...

almost an animation series. I never do tire of these duckys


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Wally Jones said...

Wonderful series of your "over-achiever"!

Small City Scenes said...

They can fly!!! I am so glad and now they are gone. I am glad they grew fast and the weather waited for them to survive. Sweet pictures. MB

michaelswoodcraft said...

Nice pictures Tex, never get tire of seeing great wildlife shot!!

Hoe many Whistlers are there now?

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

It's been awhile since I've visited, Tex! Glad to see the whistlers are still King here at the Ranch.

Karen S. said...

Just another day in the neighborhood. Life is so ducky!

Lynne said...

What fun to see these pictures . . . happy you were able to get these pictures before they flew away.

Helma said...

A long series of photos of these beautiful ducks and I still can not get enough. Very nice series again.

Donna said...

Haha, you got some terrific poses!

Pat Tillett said...

Of course that guy was the first! He looks so smart!
BTW, you can never post too many photos of Whistlers...

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