Saturday, July 4, 2015

Wood Duck Against the Duckweed

A male Wood Duck preens while perched on the pond fence. This was a couple of weeks ago when the Duckweed and algae were at their worst. (I raked and skimmed daily for about a week, then resorted to chemical treatments to kill down the remainder.)


 
 
 


Eyes in the back of his head?



Well, hello!
Linking to Saturday's Critters and The Bird D'Pot

164 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

I have never seen Duckweed pink before. That must have been a long of hard work rying to get rid of it. I am not surprised you resorted to chemicals in the end. The Woodduck is a very beautiul cloured duck and you are forttunateto have on your pond. Have a wonderful weekend.

A Quiet Corner said...

Although I'm sure you worked VERY hard on the algae, THAT DUCK is AWESOME!!! You do remember that I LOVE them, right????...:)JP

Fireblossom said...

What a handsome guy!

Revrunner said...

You and the duck have a safe and happy Fourth, Tex! :-)

Betty Manousos said...

love your duck!

happy Fourth of July!
xoxo

Julia said...

The duck looks so handsome in the pink background. I hope that you're making some headways with the pink algae. Happy 4th of July.
Hugs,
JB

Mildred said...

Such amazing colors and details in your photos of the wood duck. Enjoy your day!

Pom Pom said...

Stunning duck! Happy 4th!

Sandra said...

Hello back to you beautiful bird

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The wood duck is so elegant! Even a duck can have style!

Karen S. said...

Wow, I know that's just an incredible amount of work too! He is quite the gorgeous fellow! I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July and hopefully your pups aren't too scared of fireworks around you! My Misty is already scared, as a few neighbors seem to practice a few days early! She hates it!

Gayle said...

Yucky weed - Beautiful Duck

Jeevan said...

Fantastic capture and beautiful background in pink duckweed.

Anvilcloud said...

Yuck ... to duck ... weed.

Kovács Miklós said...

It has so beautiful head. I have never seen such duckweed before. Sure it's not a good thing but actually great background on your photos.

Gosia k said...

Wow what a fantastic pond. But I would like to know why it is pink!

Kathy said...

He looks very pretty perched in that spot but that scum is gross!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful duck, just to see him so close as well.

Halcyon said...

What a colorful guy. I can hardly believe that's water behind him! Glad you got the algae under control, even if you had to resort to using chemicals.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Tex, great post on the Wood Duck. He is beautiful, I especially love that last shot. I have never seen red Duck Weed, it is only green here? Thank you so much for linking up and sharing a post. Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July!

DJan said...

He's beautiful, that algae not so much. Glad you were able to get rid of it, even if you did have to use chemicals. :-)

Kate said...

The fifth photo is a great profile of the bird.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

He is very handsome. Great shot! I can't believe how thick the the duckweed and algae got.

Lowcarb team member said...

That duck sure has beautiful colouring.

Have a good weekend

All the best Jan

DeniseinVA said...

It makes for a great backdrop for that pretty duck. Have a great weekend :)

Marit Sønstebø said...

The male wood duck is so pretty!

Ela said...

What a handsome duck !!!
Great photos !!!
Greetings

Ela said...

What a handsome duck !!!
Great photos !!!
Greetings

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

My goodness! That duckweed and algae really took over. I know how you hate to introduce chemicals into the pond, but it seems to have been the lesser of two evils this year. Great series of photos of the wood duck. What a handsome fellow.

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, Perfect post for Saturday Critters and neat shots of the Wood Duck. Happy 4th of July to you and yours.

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

They are wonderfully marked birds. Our duckweed is green. Must be the chemicals. Happy 4th to you "ma'am".

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Your wood duck is pretty! Our pond, and most ponds around here, are just covered with all that yucky stuff. I have been reluctant to put chemicals on it since we fish there. Happy Independence Day!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Beautiful duck and pics. Hope the trestments helped the pond! I saw it is your birthday on LV's special post. Just wanted to wish you a very happy birthday on this 4th of July. Many blessings to you.
Hugs, cm

Small City Scenes said...

What a mess. It does make for a pretty background pic. LOL
MB

William Kendall said...

Preening is never done! Happy Fourth of July, and Happy Birthday!

Paula said...

I like eyes in the back of the head. Better to see you with my dear. The duck is so perfect it looks artificial.

rainfield61 said...

A nice to see background, and a beautiful duck.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Wow, he's gorgeous!

Dang that pond scum...
~

Birdman said...

Enjoy your 4th! That's just ducky!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Wow... Looking at that pond, surely this is your chance to walk on water!

Snap said...

Isn't he gorgeous against all that Duckweed?!!!! Happy Critter Day!

don said...

A fine series on this beautifully colored duck. I'm surprise at the amount of Duckweed and algae that covered your pond. I liked the series that let us see who the duck preens this feathers.

RLUPhoto said...

Great pictures! He is beautiful!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful bird. I have not seen it before.

nookworm said...

He is one VERY beautiful wood duck in action.

thepoodleanddogblog said...

beautiful background, but i'm sure it is just a lot of work to you.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

That is am impressive amount of duckweed! Makes for a great BG on your pictures but I know you are glad to see it gone!
Happy 4th twice... Happy, Happy!

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Hello Tex,
He is the most beautiful specimen. You got pretty close to him.
Strange ping algae..!!!
My big pond is covered with thick green algae..

Wishing you a peaceful 4th July

Irma said...

Beautiful images, I love this duck.
Best regards, Irma

Rose said...

He sure is sharp-dressed! They really do have stunning looks!

Hope all is going well with you!

Lynn said...

Wow, that would make for some great peripheral vision:@)

Rose said...

I forgot to say, Have a Happy 4th!

Jo said...

I love the duck images. Sorry about the duckweed and good on you for eradicating it. Have a great weekend. Jo

Sylvia K said...

Ah, love that colorful Wood Duck! Terrific captures for the day as always!! Happy 4th!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

What a horrific job that musta been to clean it out. And yes, sometimes chemical treatments just HAS to be done. Hope now, everything will be as fine as your wonderful wood duck. Making me jealous again you are. Wood ducks.....sigh!!!!!

Have a great holiday...and thanks for sharing this link at I'd Rather B Birdin' today.

Nancy Chan said...

Its a beauty. Love the last few photos!

Bethany Carson said...

Oh wow, that is a lot of duckweed. Sounds like you had quite a project on your hands! Nice shots of the duck!

Mary Kirkland said...

What a pretty bird.

Farm Girl said...

I had no idea you had to do that to your pond. I just thought it would go away on its own. So I learned something today! :)
The duck is just amazing. What a great shots. Happy Fourth!

S. J. Qualls said...

Had he been in the pond?
That duckweed did get carried away, didn't it? What a job!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a handsome fellow! I wonder if he knows how good looking he is? Must be all that preening....Hope your algae situation clears up!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

These are great captures of a most handsome guy.
Hope you are enjoying your time! ☺

Stewart M said...

Great looking bird - although the weed / algae looks a little less than scenic!

Trying to catch up on visits and comment while I wait for a flight - one busy week to go and it's back to normal!

Cheers - Stewart M - Heathrow Airport UK (for the next couple of hours!)

Rambling Woods said...

We can't use chemicals here for they kill more than duckweed. We use a colored dye and got a permit for 3 fish that eat duckweed and algae. Wood ducks and other waterfowl love and need duckweed. Then we hand remove any that is left. The dye darkens the water to block out the sun without killing other aquatic life... Michelle

RedPat said...

He is so handsome! Such a lot of duckweed, Tex!

Rambling Woods said...

http://www.naturalsolutionsetc.com/garden-pond-algae-control.htm Natural algae solutions

Nancy J said...

Stunning feather designs, he could be wearing a helmet they use in the bobsled races!! and the pink duckweed, does it give you a skin rash? or are you so careful not to get it on skin and hands?

Wayne said...

The duckweed makes for an interesting background. I can't imagine raking that stuff, it's nasty. Happy 4th!

Stephen Hayes said...

Yikes, that algae looks like it's difficult to control. Happy 4th to you and all your wild friends.

Hannah said...

I've always envied and enjoyed your pond vistas of fascinating ducks, I'm sorry to hear there is a down side to the pond, that sounds like a lot of work. At least you still have the adorable wood duck to keep you company, his flexibility and cuteness are amazing!

Debbie said...

WoW Theresa, lots of work to do on that farm. I don't think I have ever seen duckweed, it's a little pretty!!

The wood duck and those images are so beautiful, he's such a handsome chap!!

Happy Birthday girlfriend, I hope you have a wonderful, restful day, filled with all the things you love best!! Wine, peanut butter and French bread ;)

Adam Jones said...

Lovely pictures as always. Happy 4th July :)

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Theresa,
The background is like a beautiful watercolor!
The bird is very pretty with its vibrant colors.
Have a Wonderful Day!!
Peace :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

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Black Jack's Carol said...

Your Wood Duck is a handsome fellow indeed! And, you have done him justice, especially with that beautiful pink background. I didn't realize duck week is yucky. Do we have it here in Vancouver, I wonder? I googled but only found information advising against using it in aquariums.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Forgot to wish you a Happy 4th!! Hope the day is going along just the way you like it :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your photos almost don't look like that at all, but paintings. Really "cool" pictures today!!

I hope you're enjoying your 4th!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

He's a very handsome fellow!

messymimi said...

A nice looking duck, but i guess not one of the kind who eat duckweed. Wonder if there's a way you could encourage some of that kind to move in?

NatureFootstep said...

I envy you this beautiful duck !

Primitive Stars said...

Happy Fourth!!!!! Love your pictures of the woodduck, such a beautiful fellow.Blessings Francine.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Tex, Sorry you have had a lot of algae and scum on the pond. I guess it is just heat and low circulation. You will get it figured out. Love the Wood Duck! Such a gloriously handsome fellow! Hoping you'll have a glorious Fourth of July. Enjoy fireworks if they are happening and if not, enjoy some via TV or the Internet. Have a great day tomorrow, too!

Robin Lamb said...

T, beautiful shots! The Woody looks great against that algae!

orchid Miyako said...

Good Morning Dearest Theresa; First of all, Happy birthday to you and also for the great day to your country☆☆☆ I've been busy, haven't had time to comment her but I knew through LV's post.
Wow, what colorful bird Wood Duck is and really amazing to see where the eyes are located (not the front? p:-)
Oh My, the Duckweed and algae causing such mess!!!

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Our photos said...

That is a beautiful duck !

Red said...

Beautiful duck but that algae is awful. I can see why you'd do something about it.

Sally said...

It makes for a colorful pic, but Lordy girl the work you had to do! Beautiful duck, though. :)

xoxo

SweetMarie said...

he's very handsome! I can't get over the water color! Happy 4th!!!

KB Bear said...

The wood duck is so incredible. I'd never seen one before your blog. Thanks for the opportunity!

Dicky Bird said...

well, it made for a nice contrasting backdrop!

LV said...

I FEEL SURE I LEFT YOU A COMMENT, BUT GUESS I GOOFED AND POSTED IT TO THE WRONG ONE. LORD HELP ME! SOME DAYS SHOULD JUST STAY IN BED. TRUST YOU HAVE A VERY GOOD SPECIAL DAY.

Felicia said...

Wow you can't even tell there is water there.

beautiful duck.

Stephanie said...

They have gorgeous markings on their head. Wonderful images!

Linda said...

Beautiful duck! Nice shots in spite of the weeds.

Karen Schurr said...

Such a pretty duck. You caught him fabulously.

Barb Brookbank said...

What a beautiful bird, and great capture of it against the pond, however I can't believe the algae ... I've never seen red algae ...

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Uh oh- he finally noticed you! I haven't had any of that stuff, but we do get the pine tree pollen, and later some kind of green scum which doesn't last long.
Happy 4th, Theresa!

Paul said...

Nice captures, Wood Ducks have such beautiful markings!

Rita said...

He must be trying to preen away all the duckweed--LOL! The red eyes are startling. :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Happy ending of this 4th of July!
What a load of duckweed and algae you got accumulated on that pond. Never have seen it that reddish and so solid overgrown. Must have been because of the wet season that created the optimum environment to grow in!
But glad you got rid of it even if we don't like to reach for chemicals but at times we have not choice.
Lovely wood duck sitting there and great photos; love that last one!
Hugs,
Mariette

Crissi said...

What a handsome guy - very nice shots!
Happy Sunday
Crissi

Ms. A said...

The duck looks great, but I'm so sorry about the duckweed! What a bother! Hope you have a handle on it now.

Hope your 4th was super enjoyable!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Amazing shots of the wood duck! They are so neat looking.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely series of shots of a beautiful duck in all its poses!

Happy Day to you,
artmusedog and carol

Magia da Inês said...


Imagens lindas!!!

Boa semana com muita saúde e muita harmonia!
Beijinhos¸⋰˚✿
✿¸⋰˚✿

sonia a. mascaro said...

Beautiful photos of the Wood Duck!
I hope you had kill down the algae.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Judy said...

Such a pretty bird.

Barb said...

Theresa, I hate to say this but the duck (beautiful) made me think of The Exorcist the way it's spinning its head!

EG CameraGirl said...

Pink duckweed? I learned something new today!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

I have never seen a wood duck before, very beautiful.

Cindy Rasley said...

Never seen a wood duck close up! Beautiful! Great pics!

Joe said...

Love the Wood Ducks. They're my favorite!

Gail said...

This is beautiful! Although I understand the struggle with extra plantings in the pond.

Giga said...

Cute duck to definitely surprised that the water has changed color. Greetings.

Lynne said...

Quite the job to rake off the algae and weed . . . wonder why so much!
Liked the Wood Duck pics . . ,

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, Wow, I did not see your post a couple of days ago where you mentioned you would slow down your blogging. I discovered this by seeing LV’s post wishing you well. My goodness sakes, since I started blogging in 2011, you have been simply the most reliable and prolific blogger I have known. I often wondered how you could do it … posting daily … getting hundreds of comments … and always going to those folk’s blogs and returning the courtesy. I have always considered you an authority on blogging and still remember several times when you gave me a hint or some help for understanding all the in-s and out-s. I totally understand your need to move on, change your days, do things a little differently. I have grown to enjoy the blogging hobby a lot but I have also learned that it can easily start to take up more time than you really want to spend on it. Thanks again for your help in the past. Take good care down there in Northeast Texas.

Jeanne said...

Wow! Those are some terrific shots of the colorful wood duck. The alge looks creepy.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

He's a beauty, T!

bailey-road.com said...

The algae makes a good background for this handsome duck.

Randy said...

Great markings.

Daniel LaFrance said...

I've never seen a Wood Duck... yet.

The weeds and algae looks menacing.

Mama Zen said...

He's a beauty!

Maggid said...

oooh, he is handsome. i wonder if he knows it?

The water is so overgrown it looks like land . . . pretty amazing.
You really had to put in a lot of effort . .
golly

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Great closeups of the duck!

*Czereśnia A* said...
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*Czereśnia A* said...

Great photos. A duck is a small model. Greetings:) *

charlotte said...

Lovely duck! Do they feed on the duckweed?

Susan (ABON) said...

Wood ducks are so colorful- love those orange eyes!

karmnik54 said...

Wspaniała:)

"...E...", from VA, Beth said...

now that is a cool bird ... way cool!! he is a real show off ... such a fan. ( :

Cranberry Morning said...

Duck, duck, duckweed. What a pretty fella. And so nice that the duckweed is red, not green.

BlueShell said...

What a capture, Theresa. Beautiful bird, you know. I have never seen one like that. Here in Portugal we don't have those.

Hugs
BShell

(I know it is not easy to comment on my blog. But I had to double the protection, you know.)
Love
BShell

Ron said...

What a great looking duck! The pond is a little weird though. :~)

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I love your photos of the duck. These shots are absolutely awesome!

ladyfi said...

What a beauty!

carolann said...

They look almost cartoonist.

Brian King said...

Wow! Nice portrait shots! The algae makes for a nice background if not much else.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's funny how lovely that red algae is ... Pretty poison.

handmade by amalia said...

A handsome accommodating duck. I always wonder how you get them to sit down patiently and model.
Amalia
xo

Bob Bushell said...

The poor old Duck!

Small Kucing said...

He is sure a hansome fella

Marie C said...

As awful as duckweed is, it makes a pretty backdrop for your wood duck!

Laura. M said...

Was napping :)) Beautiful Teresa.

Grantham Lynn said...

How pink it is. Kinda cool. Thanks for sharing!
XXOO.

Carletta said...

He seems content to sit and observe what might appear to him as a no swimming zone. :) He is a handsome one.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

This is a wonderful duck.. Lovely colors.. Have a great week..

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Mary Cromer said...

It may be a mess, but it certainly added some interest to the pond for a while with that neat colouration as backdrop for the Wood Dicks, Hard work for you to clean up though. Happy Thursday~

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never gotten this close to a male wood duck! Very cool!

KaHolly said...

One of the prettiest ducks! I'm sure it must have been a tough decision to use an herbicide in your pond. You're so intune to the natural world.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Okay, when I come back and find that you haven't posted in four days, I think the world may be ending! ;) I hope you are doing something so fun it will light your soul with JOY! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

You got great shots! I bet that algae control is a lot of work.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful duck from any angle.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful duck from any angle.

Inger said...

Gorgous duck, you are so lucky to have so many duck visitors. The weed, not so good.

Susan said...

Good ole algae blooms. I can only imagine him saying, I want to go in the pond, but.......

pattisjarrett said...

Handsome Wood Duck. He looks surprised to see you. :) The duckweed really got out of hand, sounds like a lot of work to get rid of it. It does make a nice background for your photos, though.

Munir said...

That duck looks gorgeous, specialy against that background.

Lux G. said...

Hehe, it looks cute. :)

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Revenir, ici, c'est d'abord vivre un rêve, car très probablement, je n'irai jamais au Texas qui reste un pays mythique pour moi. Découvrir ton travail de photographe est toujours un plaisir, car au travers de tes photos, magnifiques, je sais que tu aimes les animaux et cela n'a pas de prix.
Bel été en amitié.

Roger

Handmade in Israel said...

The algae might have been a problem, but it's a beautiful colour! What a handsome bird!

Booth 555 said...

The only ones I see around here are really made of wood, lol. Love the shots!!!!
-Lisa

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I'm sure that Mr. Woodduck appreciated you cleaning up his pool!!!
Bet you were sore at night after all that raking.
We had a HUGE hole in our back yard and I was afraid my grandaughter would fall in. So, we had a dump truck dump a full load onto our driveway and spent all last week, hauling wheelbarrows of clay from the front of the house to the back of the house. Danny dumped and I would use a rake to spread it out and then pack it down. I was sore for the whole week.

edenhills said...

How handsome!

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