Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hunting Ducks

We went on a mini-vacation last week and took the youngest grandson to a campground about 75 miles away.  One of our outings was a trip to Beaverdam Park.  We went to both entrances - on either side of the lake - and saw no beavers or dams (try explaining that to a 4 year old!) at all.  We did, however, see a fair share of ducks.  I am not sure about the headdress on this first one!  I am not even sure what kind of duck it was!

It was traveling with this pair of ducks, which I think are female mallards - but I may be totally wrong about that!  My duck identification leaves much to be desired!




 And then, there were the white ducks.  Again, until I was told differently, I was sure these were geese!  As I said...that identification thing...


And then, can you believe what she said???


Linking to Outdoor Wednesday and World Bird Wednesday.

20 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Cool sightings of all the different ducks, Linda! I love the first one with the cute feather on its head. Great shots.

Beth said...

all beautiful birds. but that 1st one take the cake for sure ... so odd? i've never seen such a little dude like that ... so cool! (:

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Well I don't know what kind of ducks, ducks or geese, but they have some sweet faces and you got some great pictures. I like the duck with the floofy head feathers. What is this about Wordless Wednesday Again?... :) I need to check this out. I can't keep up with your blogs, but it's fun trying!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Too cute! I bet your grandson loved it (once he got over no beavers or dams!)
We have a few ducks here around our yard, but I'm not sure what kind they are. (They're the kind that follow me around....wanting a corn hand-out!)

Sheeps and Peeps Farm said...

It sounds like a wonderful outing... beautiful photos!

Dianne said...

these are all great shots!
that first duck is a rock star :)

Bryan said...

It's a good question about where Beaverdam Park got it's name. Maybe there used to be a beaver dam there? Or maybe it's named after someone with the unfortunate name of Beaverdam?

The first ducks are also Mallards. Probably going through molt. And at a park like this, they may interbred with other species to give it an unusual look. The white birds are domesticated ducks, aka farm ducks. Geese have a different shaped head and it would be rare to see a white one (Snow Goose) in Virginia during the summer. Farm Ducks are usually escapees that then establish a breeding colony, usually in parks.

Glad all of you enjoyed your camping trip.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful picture series you show with ducks. Wishing you a good day. Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

TexWisGirl said...

i'm loving phyllis diller.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Ducks are such fun to shoot (with a camera) Linda, great collection you have here, I have a picture of Aimee wearing a very similar 'feather fascinator' as the first fashionista duck haha!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by this evening as another Outdoor Wednesday participant. your close ups of the ducks are great.

Kaye said...

Ducks are always so much fun to watch. I don't think I've ever seen a duck with the head feathers like that. Thanks for sharing!

LV said...

A very nice wild life of the ducks sharing.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Linda, that first duck is a peculiar looking fella isn't he? I think the white ones are geese also. But then, I may be wrong too. Also wanted to thank you for commenting on my guest post at the Thrifty Groove. I really appreciated it.
Hugs,
Jann

mick said...

Great photos of all the ducks. I saw mallards when I photographed ducks this week also - just didn't take photos of them!

Pat said...

Nice shots of the ducks. I love the fancy headdress on the first one.

Nancy Claeys said...

Have never seen a duck like that and I have seen a few! Might be a hybrid of some kind -- very weird!

Rita said...

Everything is so much more fun when seen through the eyes of a four year old.

Great captures and I also liked the first duck best. A new one for me as well.

GRØNN FRYD HOS MONIQUE - said...

A funny creature, the one with 'hair' on the top.