All Photos posted on this blog unless otherwise noted were taken by me with my Canon Rebel XTI using a 300 mm zoom lens

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Waterfowl

Northern Pintail drakes and 2 Mallards pairs
When I first started keeping my birding life list I started with Waterfowl. Waterfowl for me are the easiest of birds to identify. They are large birds, they come in many varieties and their field marks are easy to identify. That of course goes for the Drakes, female ducks are a bit more difficult. I have listed pictures of most of the ducks that visit Farmington Bay and I have tried to show pictures with both male Drake and female Duck of each species.
Mallard Drake and Duck

Northern Pintail Drake and Duck
Blue-winged Teal Drake and Duck
Bufflehead this is typical during courtship 6 Drakes courting one Duck
Canvasback Drake
Cinnamon Teal Drake and Duck
Gadwall courtship flight two Drakes courting one Duck
Common Goldeneye Drake
Common Goldeneye Duck
Waterfowl remain some of my favorite birds and one of the reasons I spend so much time at Farmington Bay. God was really showing his artistic side when he created waterfowl.
Green-winged Teal Drake
Hooded Merganser

Redhead two Drakes and on Duck
Ring-necked Duck and a hen Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck drake

Canvasback eight Drakes three Ducks

Lesser Scaup drake
Lesser Scaup Duck

Northern Shoveler courtship flight three Drakes and one Duck
American Wigeon two pair and two pair of Northern Pintails in the back
Wood Ducks Drake and Duck
Canada Goose males and females look alike
Tundra Swan males and females look alike
Graylag Goose (Europe)


3 comments:

john said...

Great duck photos. I also started learning birds by going to the local lake with a field guide and sorting out the ducks.

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Steve's Bird Blog said...

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