Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wood Ducks

A few Wood Ducks from this fall from across our pond.
Drake and hen

Two drakes - one is in eclipse mode (out of breeding season) and practically blends in to the background for a change.
You can see the somewhat duller plumage on the gent on the right.
Pale male in the back.

Double dipping


Here is Mr. Eclipse swimming - if it weren't for the red eye, he'd almost be unrecognizable as a Wood Duck drake.

Back to the happy couple.
Linking to The Bird D'Pot

103 comments:

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Not only are the ducks beautiful but the water reflections are as well! :)

A Quiet Corner said...

I wonder how many people wish they could don "eclipse" mode?...:)JP

Mersad said...

Lovely to see them making their way into the water!

Paula said...

A flock of ducks have hung around our stock tank quite a while. I'm not sure but I think it is Wood Ducks. Maybe John is correct and they are eating the algae. Something needs to, hard for the turtles to swim in.

bon bon said...

a handsome bunch, pale or not.

Dianna said...

Talk about camouflaged!

stiefbeen said...

heel mooi zo in deze omgeving.

DIMI said...

Preety ducks indeed Tex!!!Beautiful pictures!!!Wish you a happy weekend!!
Dimi...

Anvilcloud said...

I had no idea their plumage faded like that.

damian said...

They are background beautiful, Teresa.

Greetings from Poland
author. Damian :-)

Julia said...

Very beautiful colors on the drake.
It's still storming today. It's nice looking at your pictures and seeing ducks swimming in the water. The river is frozen here.
Happy weekend.
Hugs,
JB

Barb Brookbank said...

Great images!

Birdman said...

Ducks in the rain. Always a good sign.

DJan said...

I like the double dipping picture the best, but they are all fun! Merry Christmas to the farm and all its inhabitants! I get to say that as often as I want, so there! :-)

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

Hey, that's what my wife once told me...I'm not in an eclipse mode... and I told her...what? there's no eclipse out there and even if there was I wouldn't turn into a vampire. I'm not even Austrian

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is a gorgeous bird. I am always amazed that a bird this colourful can blend into the background so well.

Molly The Wally said...

Double dipping LOL.
Have a serene Sunday and enjoy the big easy.
Best wishes Molly

Indrani said...

Lovely captures.

troutbirder said...

They are surely one of the most beautiful ducks. Merry Christmas to you and your TW and thanks for the very kind words. :)

rainfield61 said...

So this is a Merry Christmas show from a couple of our feathered fiends.

joeh said...

WOOD DUCKS!!
Merry Christmas to me.

Thank you.

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

That second pic is like a "where's Waldo?":@)

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos of two very handsome drakes, and nice to see the differences in full breeding plumage and eclipse plumage

Margie said...

They are such beautiful creatures, truly beautiful.

Sandra said...

looks like this couple is busy planning the holiday menu.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Wood ducks are so beautiful. Strangely, the males look like they are carved!

Great pictures!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I love wood ducks! They are so pretty.

Judy said...

Our pond is nothing like yours :(

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

Wood Ducks have all the color going for them.

Lynn said...

I'd never heard of an eclipse mode, they are brilliant in or out of the breeding mode though..

Lynne said...

Handsome they are . . . that pond brings a whole lot of magic!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Their feather colors and patterns are amazingly beautiful!

Farm Girl said...

I still really like wood ducks too. Nice shots.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Those drakes really get themselves suited and booted!

Ela said...

They are beautiful.
Merry Christmas, smile at face, many sunny days and everything the best!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They are such a pretty duck.....

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hi!
THey have Lovely colour!
Have a great holiday!
Majsan//

Maggid said...

You get The Best Pictures.

Not only do i enjoy them - BUT, i learn a lot, too.


Merry & Bright!

Stephen Hayes said...

A good-looking pair.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, a handsome pair indeed!

Pam :) said...

The full grown males markings are colorful and striking Your a wealth of info T.

Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

eileeninmd said...

Tex, lucky to see the beautiful wood ducks at your popular pond. Great series!

Merry Christmas! I Wish you and yours all the best in 2014!

Paul said...

Beautiful markings on the drake!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Wood Ducks use to be my favorite until you introduced me to the Whistlers. But they are my 2nd favorite and very cute and colorful!! Sweet!

Busy Little Chicken said...

Lovely pictures, I really like the reflections, and they seem to blend in well with their surroundings!!

Patty Woodland said...

They are dramatic drakes

DeniseinVA said...

Wood ducks have such pretty markings on them.

Mama Zen said...

They are so pretty!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful ducks! They're very pretty.

Red said...

Good eye for showing us the fall and winter plumage of a very attractive bird.

Debbie said...

they don't look real to me, they are just so colorful and beautiful!!

love that "happy couple"!!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Wonderful ducks!

Brita said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year / Brita

karmnik54 said...

Cudne:)

Joe said...

Wood Ducks are my favorite. Even after getting a camera flooded out trying to get pics of them.

Bob Bushell said...

Nice the Wood Ducks, lovely.

Pantherka said...

Beautiful series photos.

Beautiful and peaceful Christmas and New Year
good health, much happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment of all desires.
Zdeňka – Pantherka

Anni said...

Ms "T"....okay, now you've gone and done it up big time. Made me so jealous I could spit!!! [kidding]

But, oh my goodness how I wish I'd been there. I've not seen any of these in real time........YET!!

Beautiful images.
Happy Holidays to you and yours....and thanks for linking up this weekend.

Terry and Linda said...

Thank you for the Anniversary Wishes!

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wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Oh wow! So lovely! Wood Ducks are in my top 3 with the Buffleheads and those ducks you have and I have not yet seen, Whistlers! Have a wonderful day tomorrow and Merry Christmas in a few days!

parker said...

For such a bland name they have exceptional color. Especially the male of the species.

RedPat said...

Gorgeous creatures!

Leovi said...

Definitely a beautiful ducks!

Fjällripan said...

They are sp beautiful with their bright coulors!

Elna said...

Merry Christmas my dear blogfriend.

Hugs

Fireblossom said...

That's terrible, calling him a pale male! *giggles* Maybe he is just waiting for his chance.

Sally in WA said...

I always have enjoyed the markings on wood ducks. Such pretty birds.

Jeanne said...

You have really got an amazing bird selection around you pond! More than the lake around where I live. have a great day!

Catherine said...

Wishing you a most wonderful joyful Christmas my friend!
xo Catherine

Dicky Bird said...

beautiful drakes

geanina said...

Lovely photos!:)

Stephanie said...

I have always liked their striking markings on their heads.

barbara l. hale said...

Who knew? I've learned so much about ducks from your blog. The wood ducks are so colorful, I never knew they were anything but...

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Another lesson, I didn't realize the males changed colors depending on whether it was mating season. Very interesting!

Grandma C said...

Wow! My favorite duck. We had a couple visit many years ago. They no longer visit after someone added dirt to the area.

Deb said...

very distinguished fellow...love em Tex

bailey-road.com said...

The Wood Ducks are gorgeous birds. I love seeing the wildlife you find at your pond.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Great photos from your lovely habitat full of birds.
Enjoy the final stage of Advent and wishing you both a Merry Christmas and Peace.
Hugs,
Mariette

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I didn't know about the eclipse mode. I have learned so much from you! Love the reflections they make in the water. Do the wood ducks get along with the whistlers?

Raggedy Creations said...

Those males are so colorful.

genie said...

I miss our little family. Hope they have not hit the road again. This pair is so pretty...such interesting coloration. Thanks for your sweet comment about Buster and me. I seldom post a picture of myself, but this time was the exception. Buster did it to me :-) Have a great Texas Christmas.

Randy said...

Are they from the wrong side of the pond. Tough looking ducks.

Christian Perrin said...

I've always thought this duck is one of the most beautiful birds in the world. Sometimes people take for granted the common beauties - I barely glance at Rainbow Lorikeets here in Australia. Stopping to look could be a New year's resolution for me! :)

Angela said...

I love the wood ducks! We have those around where I live!

SweetMarie said...

I have never heard of the eclipse mode. You're full of great info!!! Nice photos!

SquirrelQueen said...

These guys are handsome even in the eclipse mode. They are one of my favorite ducks.

Merry Christmas to you and your family Theresa.

Judy

petspeopleandlife said...

Great looking photos of my favorite duck. I like the transition featering of the young drake who'll be gorgeous by spring.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Even in eclipse mode, those guys are gorgeous.

Cloudia said...

Quack!



ALOHA to YOU
from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3

cieldequimper said...

Your pond is an absolute delight!

Karen S. said...

Quack, quack, quack! It's just another ducky day in the neighborhood!

Blackberry Lane said...

Beautiful photos.

michaelswoodcraft said...

Beautiful, love the reflections in the water!

Gail Dixon said...

Sweet little ducks. Amazing how they blend in to the surroundings since they are so colorful.

Brian King said...

This is the first time I've seen a male in dull mode. That's quite a difference.

Betty Manousos said...

such cute ducks and lovely reflections in the water.

don said...

A fine series with the antics of these ducks. I'm glad you know your ducks so well.

Helma said...

Very nice and colorful ducks :-)

thirtysevenandcounting said...

He really does blend in!

~Lindy

pattisjarrett said...

I didn't know ducks lost their bright colors in winter.

Kenneth C Schneider said...

Nice demo of the plumage change. As a beginner I saw my first one in eclipse and thought it was a new species.

Wally Jones said...

These are always attention getters, but who can argue their beauty?

Great series of images showing the color stages!

edenhills said...

Love those bright colors! You are so lucky to have all those avian visitors.

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