Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blue-Winged Teals

The past few weeks, a small flock of Blue-Winged Teal Ducks have been on the pond. Here's a pair of them.



   
 
 
 Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

131 comments:

Revrunner said...

Some company for the Whistlers.

Anvilcloud said...

I think all I ever see are mallards, but I am so dumb that I wouldn't know better if other species were mixed in.

Michelle said...

The male has some handsome markings.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Those are excellent close-ups of the blue winged teals.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Those are excellent close-ups of the blue winged teals.

A Quiet Corner said...

Ducks are such interesting critters!...:)JP

eileeninmd said...

Pretty shots of the Teals! The duckies do love your pond! Have a happy Tuesday!

Stewart M said...

Cracking looking ducks! Love that pale colours around the face.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Kate said...

The photos with branches and tree trunks add to the composition of the photos and make them more interesting!

Gayle said...

Love the spots on pic #6.

magnoliasntea said...

Love the speckles and patterns in the feathers and the blue-ish patch (I know it doesn't always show up well.) on the male.

messymimi said...

A lovely new couple is checking out the neighborhood!

Hell Hound said...

A lucky find, rare breed!

Kathy said...

What beautiful markings they have. Can you call feather placement and color markings? I just did, whether it's the correct terminology or not!

KaHolly said...

I don't remember, Theresa, do they stick around? Or are the just visiting, taking advantage of your hospitality?

Leo van said...

Hallo Tex, ik heb maar weer eens iets laten horen.
Mooie foto's heb je gemaakt. Ik kijk wel naar je blog maar ik reageer niet altijd. Groetjes uit Nederland, Leo.

Dicky Bird said...

I never knew all the varieties of ducks until I started following you. The male has such a unique feather pattern

DeniseinVA said...

I love the ducks that visit your pond Theresa.

John's Island said...

They didn't need much blue to capture that name. Birding is fascinating.

Georgette Sullins said...

Nice pair.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Killroy was here

Sandra said...

i like the stripe on the males face and his speckled side feathers. hope they have some babies

Chandra Eswaran said...

Very cool looking birds - how are the other residents liking the new guys?
Have a Beautiful Day, Theresa!
Peace :)

Mari said...

They're blue is probably dark blue, yes? They're lovely.

Halcyon said...

They seem to be enjoying themselves!

DJan said...

How pretty! I really like the colors of the female as well as the flashier male. :-)

Debbie said...

well, i kinda' hope the flock remains small. if the come in the same numbers as the whistlers, you are going to go broke and maybe have to move ;(

Birdman said...

Interesting pattern designs.

Marit Sønstebø said...

They are beautiful too! You must have the most visited duckpond ever :)

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

They are so beautiful with the prettiest markings. Great shots.
Have a great day.
Hugs, CM

Rose said...

Maybe they will make a nest!!! Maybe they already have!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of these beautiful ducks.
Photo 4 and 6 are my favorite.
Well done.

Julia said...

They must have heard about your pond and the good food you serve. What a way to spend an afternoon.

I wish I was a duck sometimes and just float my cares away. What a lovely pair.

Hugs,
JB

Small City Scenes said...

Nice looking pair, the female quietly followed her mate. I thought this was the year of the WOMAN. LOL
MB

Midmarsh John said...

Lovely to have a pond large enough to attract so many different water birds.

Mildred said...

Very pretty photos. How is everyone this a.m.?

ThreeOldKeys said...

oh, their feathers are beautiful! I just googled blue winged teals and learned they are dabbling ducks.

i learn so much from visiting your pond!

thewovenspoke said...

I think with a pond like that for all the ducks to hang out in is alright. Very pretty pair of blue winged teal ducks.

Country Gal said...

They are pretty ! Lovely photos !

Nancy Chan said...

Oh, these have lovely feathers, different from others.

Mary Hone said...

That male is great looking.

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

New visitors like nice ducks must always be welcomed.

don said...

I'm glad you know the names of these ducks. I like the close up that give us a detailed look of the duck's feather pattern.

Sally said...

T - you have so many visitors at your place. I'm glad that you share with us. Those are pretty! :)

xoxo

Gwen said...

they look so peaceful. Puts a smile on my face. Thank you!

Paula said...

You sure know your ducks. A duck is a duck is a duck to me. I can identify the Whistlers now from reading and seeing your pictures.

William Kendall said...

From the markings on the male, we don't get them here.

Linda Kay said...

These males are a bit different from what I've seen before. I'm still always amazed at the difference between the males and females.

joeh said...

So nice of the Whistlers and the Wood's to share their pond.

My fly-fishing friends would love a few of those feathers.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a sweet couple.

DIMI said...

What a lovely pair of ducks,Tex!
So cute indeed!Great captures!
Dimi...

DIMI said...

What a lovely pair of ducks,Tex!
So cute indeed!Great captures!
Dimi...

Gail said...

Okay, you have converted me into a duck lover. These are gorgeous. If I could only figure out how to save them from predators my ponds would be covered.

We have some visit now and then but not many.

Barb Brookbank said...

Cool ... plus the pond looks nice and full - that's a good thing!

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

Nice catch Theresa! Like the colour of the wings :) And the pond looks much friendlyer now than it did in winter time :))
Have a beautiful day!

Tinna ✐

pattisjarrett said...

You have so many varieties of visitors to your pond.

Karen S. said...

New neighbors are fun!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful captures!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Looks like you've had some rain. His stripe looks cool and the leopard-like wings are unusual.

RedPat said...

Wonderful facial markings on the male!

Susan said...

Who names these guys? They are pretty!

Giga said...

Lovely pair of ducks swimming around your pond. Regards.

Adam Jones said...

Wonderful pictures. It's not a duck I've seen myself. Could you kindly send one across the pond please? :-)

Adam Jones said...

Deal! Little Grebe on its way.

Debby Ray said...

Beautiful ducks...love their pretty markings!

SweetMarie said...

I'll get my ducky fix from your posts. :) I need to go find some ducks here, I see a lot of geese. :)

Cloudia said...

Dignified ducks, UNLIKE tomorrow, eh?






ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Marie C said...

They are just ducky! (I couldn't resist!) You got some great photos of the pair!

Melissa said...

Interesting. From far away I thought they were shaped a bit like mallards, but from up close their wing patterns are so beautiful!

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely pair of ducks

mick said...

Great photos of the ducks - wish I had your pond closer to me!

Bob Bushell said...

We certainly get those over here, but I never seen one. Lovely photos.

Pantherka said...

Very beautiful series of photos.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

New guests! You have the coolest pond visitors. I hope the sun is shining in your world today..it's iffy here, but at least not storming at present.

Phil Slade said...

They are handsome birds. I'll bet those Whistlers are just a little bit jealous?

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Very nice ducks, delicious photos with beautiful colors!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Your pond is absolutely a smorgasbord of delightful treats for the eyes!!!

Come on over and see what I rec'd in my email last night. :o)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

they look very peaceful and content. I love the mood of these shots!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Such a popular pond you have, TWG.

I wonder if there is a duck version of "Yelp?"

"Quack" - the online guide to waterfowl hotspots and fine eating
~

Terry and Linda said...

You have a HUGE variety of birds and especially DUCKS!!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
https://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/sherlock-boomer

barbara l. hale said...

Cool! That male looks like a combination between a mallard and a Canada Goose.

bailey-road.com said...

Always something interesting in the pond. What a lovely pair. Maybe they'll stay?

Candy C. said...

It must be so nice to see all the different birds that visit your pond. :)

sharon said...

interesting wing color. gorgeous.

Ms. A said...

Obviously you have some excellent referrals!

AGM PRISMA said...

Beatiful photos,
Greetings, spring it,s already here.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Fine looking birds, well done.


peter

Red said...

There's a good set of beks on those guys. We have them here as well.

Adam Tilt said...

Great species this. We had one turn up locally a couple of years ago, totally out of place from where they are usually found..

Booth 555 said...

So peaceful looking!
-Lisa

Betty Manousos said...

lol, i'm so jealous of your pond.
and thank you for sharing your feathered visitors. lovely pair of ducks.
xoxo

Beatrice Euphemie said...

They are beautiful! I just love their patterned feathers - perfect camouflage for nesting! I hope they stick around and have little ones :) xo K

Miss Val's Creations said...

Their feathers are gorgeous! I love the markings.

Lynn said...

I like the markings on his face:@)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A handsome pair indeed! Subtle but lovely colors on the male.

Our photos said...

Very nice !

Karen said...

Terrific shots! Your pond looks really full!

Munir said...

These are beautiful Specially their feathers.

Ruth Hiebert said...

This is a good looking pair.

Bethany Carson said...

Good captures! I have been trying to get some photos of ducks at the lake and on the river on our hiking and canoeing trips, but they seem to keep their distance away from me (and my zoom camera)!

Stephen Hayes said...

They look like decoys, which should be considered a compliment if you're a duck.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, great playmates for the Whistlers indeed!! Handsome fellows they are!!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Wow, their markings are gorgeous! The Whistlers must be spreading the word about the good food to be had at you place. :0)

Farm Girl said...

What great shots! Such beauties.

KB Bear said...

They are beautiful, in a more subtle way than those show-off painted ducks ;)

Mary Kirkland said...

I wouldn't know the proper name for any of these birds. They would all just be pretty ducks. lol

Randy said...

Hey has interesting markings.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Wonderful photos of the Blue-Winged Teal Ducks and amazingly clear water.
Enjoy this time of the year.
Hugs,
Mariette

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Absolutely marvelous ducks! Have a great Wednesday tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing your Whistlers on your blog tomorrow!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Fine and interesting images of the ducks!

Barbara Shallue said...

We haven't had any ducks for awhile. Our pond is holding pretty steady so I'm keeping my fingers crossed! These are lovely!

Paul said...

Pretty swanky looking fellow with his reserved female companion...

AGM PRISMA said...

As you did, if I was attacked by a virus but since I'm here browsing, jj, I rejoice your comments it is a pity that already comes summer and much work for me.
other greeting

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

So many Blue-Winged Teal Ducks ducks enjoying their swim on the pond!

Mosura said...

Nice one! Plumage reminds me of the Australian Shoveler.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I didn't see any blue!

Made by KKann said...

Lovely new couple.

Rita said...

The blue of the wing must be tucked neatly away when they are relaxing about your pond. ;)

Mary Cromer said...

They are such beautiful birds!

Jeevan said...

Beautiful capture on their peaceful sail :)

Lynne said...

Very nice . . . Love the markings . . .
Looks like the pond has more water than in years past!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I haven't seen the Teal here, yet. Of course we had snow showers/sleet last night! And wicked winds!

michaelswoodcraft said...

Nice, I have not seen the blue wing Teals in a long time around here. Once in a while we would get 6 - 8 of them in the pond. Love your shots!!

Fjällripan said...

Beautiful ducks!! and I really like the blue flowers here below! :D

Robin Lamb said...

T, aren't they pretty!

edenhills said...

Very striking. He looks like a cross between a duck and a Canada goose.

Laura. M said...

Happy in the water !!

Felicia said...

they are really pretty.

Maggid said...

he looks like he's ready for a formal dance . . .

Kovács Miklós said...

Wow! That's a new species for me again.
Many thansk for sharing :)

NatureFootstep said...

I have seen this bird once but not in this beautiful plumage :)

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