Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Double Drakes

I know Mallards are not rare, but with the number of whistling, squabbling, chittering, fussing Whistling Ducks around here, I get excited when I hear a duck QUACK! :)




Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

106 comments:

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Great pictures of a definitely photogenic suck species!

eileeninmd said...

Oh no, competition for the Whistling Ducks.. The Mallards are pretty, great shots! Have a happy day!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Tex Now those 2 are looking for a mate! They have got their breedingplamge on and are on the look out!!!

Mersad said...

Love the sound they make! :)

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Lynn said...

Pretty boys:@)

Kerri Farley said...

A very under-appreciated duck! I LOVE Mallards :)

Revrunner said...

If you can't whistle, then. . . :-)

Alica said...

These are the ducks that we see most often. They hang out around the ponds of the golf course across the road and occasionally wander across the road and nest in the neighbors' flower beds. We've also seen them swimming in our cow's watering trough.
On another note...sometime I'd love to see/hear a video clip of your whistlers doing their "whistling thing"!

Karen Ann said...

And while mallards are common, they are still really quite beautiful.

Gosia k said...

They look beautifully

Sandra said...

we can here quack quack from our yard but can't see them.

Pom Pom said...

They are gorgeous! We had many in Washington while I was growing up. Now they have zillions of snow geese and swans, too. The crops have changed, so the birds have changed.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Joking....and I'd get quacked up to hear a whistling duck!!

These images are so sharp and clear. Beautiful Ms. T

Pamela Gordon said...

They are a nice surprise on your pond and I love their green heads and yellow bills. Have a great day!

Linda Kay said...

My Ducks Unlimited hubby has a carving of one of these beautiful creatures. I am fascinated by the feathers in the variety of color.

DJan said...

What a beautiful couple! :-)

MarkD60 said...

Where I used to work we had one of these tame, we fed it crackers. One Monday we came into work and the ducks head and a pile of feathers was over by the dumpster. Someone killed our pet duck!

DJan said...

Oooops, I guess they aren't a couple unless gay couples are allowed in Paradise! :-)

Lynne said...

A color treat too with their beautiful green and bright yellow. No doubt about identifying the Mallard!

Knipsa Passtscho said...

I like them because of their beautiful head colours :)
【ツ】Knipsa

William Kendall said...

Quite a pair. We see them often here in the summer.

Bethany Carson said...

Those are good-looking ducks! Nice shots!

Marie Flutterby said...

Mallards are so adorable and beautiful and you took awesome shots of them. =0)

sweetdaysundertheoaks.com said...

Ha ha! I think I understand Tex.. at least from listening to the videeeohhhhhs of Whistler speak!

magnoliasntea said...

A handsome pair of mallards. Great shots.

messymimi said...

We have a lot of mallards around here, and my husband loves them. He is very protective of his ducks!

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, I never get tired of Mallard photos. They are just good-looking birds! John

Debby Ray said...

What little beauties they are! Happy New Year, Theresa :)

Marit Sønstebø said...

Lovely mallards! :)

Birdman said...

Wow! Excitement "when I hear a duck quack."???? Ever been to NYC? If not, you'll need medication. hahahaha

Midmarsh John said...

Always photogenic.

Mary Hone said...

Poor things, they must be out numbered by the whistlers. They are always so handsome though.

Janey and Co. said...

I think Mallards are beautiful!

nookworm said...

Did they arrive at the quack of dawn?

nookworm said...

Did they arrive at the quack of dawn?

Irma said...

Beautiful wild ducks are this, competition for the Whistlers.
Greatshots Tex.
Have a happy day!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

The joy of celebration, the happiness of sharing,
The beauty of a perfect year -
Thats what youre wished at New Year and always!
Have fun!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

We have a gazillion Canada Geese in our community, so I understand the excitement of hearing "QUACK!" :D Somehow, it always sounds like laughter to me and makes me smile.

Lindy

bas said...

Zo komen er steeds meer soorten op de mooie lokatie af.

Team G Square said...

Wow , what captures these birds look majestic

Bob Bushell said...

Double guessing, yes, it's the Mallards.

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

I can imagine your joy in actually hearing a quack for a change.

S. J. Qualls said...

A little variety is always nice. Maybe out looking for a couple of ladies?

joeh said...

Even though they are common, they always catch my eye.

don said...

This pair seem to be enjoying your pond very much.
They also make an interesting variation of size and color along with the sound.

Sylvia K said...

Love those green heads!! They're beautiful!!

DeniseinVA said...

I always get excited even though mallards are everywhere. Now, if I ever came across a Whistler, I think you'll hear me holler all the way in Texas :)

Farm Girl said...

I always like it when you post pictures of mallards and the wood ducks too. They are so beautiful.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I hope I never get so jaded that beautiful mallards are just another ho hum bird! I love them! Happy New Year, just in case I don't get back here....

Amy Burzese said...

I always love their green heads.

Ms. A said...

Still envious of the variety of feathered friends you receive!

Debbie said...

for me, nothing is common if it will pose for a picture!!

awesome reflections, which by the way, you never mentioned!!!

Red said...

the male mallard keeps its brilliant colors all year!

DIMI said...

I really like the Mallards ducks,Tex!So preety!!Great captures!
Dimi...

Mama Zen said...

Pretty pair!

Findlay Wilde said...

I like the way the Mallards laugh at you as well.

RedPat said...

They are quite handsome!

Pantherka said...

Very beautiful images, I like.

mick said...

Great photos of the mallards. They may be common but they look beautiful.

Paula said...

Nothing like a good quack.

Anita Davis said...

they may not be rare but they are still beautiful, and your shots are lovely as ever. Wishing you a wonderful new year!

Robin Lamb said...

T, Nice ones! Mallards are definitely one of my favourites!

Neil said...

Beautiful series on the ducks. Happy New Year.

theflutteringleaf said...

Lovely images, Have a great New Year.

Miss Val's Creations said...

They are beautiful. I love that quacking sound.

Munir said...

Love the teal.
Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. God Bless.

Halcyon said...

Their heads are so colorful!

Tolga said...

what a sweet twin :) i wish you a happy new year.

Leovi Leovi said...

Great photo, I love these ducks!

Brian King said...

LOL! I hadn't thought of that! It didn't dawn on me that the BBWD's don't quack. Way to go Mallards! :-)

Stephen Hayes said...

I love the velvety color of their heads.

Our photos said...

I can imagine that ! They are common overhere !

Stephanie said...

Pretty birds! Is it Fence day tomorrow or are you doing it on Thursday the usual day?

A Quiet Corner said...

What a handsome duo!!!!...:)JP

Primitive Stars said...

Evening, such handsome Drakes, I love Mallards. Blessings Francine.

Cloudia said...

oh the pleasures of spying with you!





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Cranberry Morning said...

Haha. I can see that it would be a surprise to hear a regular 'quack.' They sure are pretty. Almost looks like snow there. ;-)

Lois Evensen said...

They are so pretty, too!

Michelle said...

Lucky you! I would love to hear some quacks!

Julia said...

I love Mallard ducks. they are so pretty.
Thanks for sharing these with us.
Hugs, JB

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Super series on the Mallards! I enjoy seeing them but they are not very welcome around here due to the over hybridization with Florida Mottled Ducks. Have a wonderful New Year's Eve tomorrow!

Mary said...

I love the Mallards! They are my favorites even though they're 'common'. The females are especially adorable though of course not as colorful as the males..

Chandra said...

As always, I am amazed by their beauty. So, genteel and beautiful.

I bet you are enjoying the quacks, Theresa!

Peace :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
They sure are a minority but I too love their beautiful heads and quacking.
Hugs,
Mariette

Rory Bore said...

now this is the kind of duck I am used to seeing. they aren't that rare around here -- although this time of year; yes. They are just beautiful with those bright green heads.

Catherine said...

Wishing you a very Happy and Blessed New Year. xo Catherine

Siddhartha Joshi said...

They look like a happy couple :)

Karen S. said...

It's always fun to see what they're up too!

Paul said...

Even though they are common the male Mallards are certainly colorful birds, nice pictures!

Linda said...

I like mallards too!

Rita said...

I grew up near a Minnesota lake that always had mallards. I miss them. Thanks. Glad they stopped by for a visit. :)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

They really are quite handsome! Love their gorgeous colors!

Adam Jones said...

Always a joy to see and great captures. Have a very Happy New Year. :-)

Ian H said...

There are only two types of ducks: Those that quack; Those that wish they could.

Is that snow I see? Amazing also. :-}

Laura. M said...

Happy New Year 2015 Teresa.Te wish you a good !!!!
Besos.

Gert said...

Oh, they are beautiful! I love Mallards...and I'm glad they're not rare....smile....

Gert

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love Mallards, they are so beautiful!

NatureFootstep said...

lol, I would be happy if I heard sombody whistling :)

Chris Rohrer said...

And sometimes at the right place and at the right time, a Mallard is the MOST fascinating bird of them all. I don't mind them at all and I think a pond without a Mallard is a bad sign! Happy New Year to you!

Marie said...

smile

Felicia said...

handsome and colorful fellows.

michaelswoodcraft said...

The Mallards are pretty, love your photos! Happy New Year!

pattisjarrett said...

That does seem odd, to have so many ducks, but no quackers! Nice to see the Mallards found you.

Hannah said...

I've always thought the male Mallards were so beautiful with the metallic green heads and yellow bills, I enjoyed your photos with them swimming so nicely together.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They look happy. I told you how much I like them, thanks for sharing them!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

I love ducks they are so interesting, great pics!

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