American Black Duck’s Sunset Sip- Day 40

Over at Ridgevale Beach tonight I came upon this American Black Duck drake, taking a sip of water at sunset.


And what a charming fellow he was!  😉

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A Lovely Lady Ends the Week – Day 39

Such was a pretty Lady to end the week with…


American Black Duck, female.  ❤

Bless the Beasts – Day 6

This morning I am remembering a happier time.

I am remembering one foggy morning this past Spring when I came upon a mother Black Duck and her new family.


And the only thing these ducklings knew back then was the love of their Mum…

How warm she kept them at night on the nest, how good things tasted as they learned to find them!


And today all I can hear in my head are the words of this song as I think of these little ones now, coming into harm’s way.

“Bless the beasts and the children;
Light their way when the darkness surrounds them;
Give them love, let it shine all around them.”


“Give them shelter from a storm…”


“Keep them safe, keep them warm.”

– Songwriters: Barry De Vorzon / Perry L Botkin

Dreaming today… of a better day for them all.


❤ ❤ ❤

The Zen of Preening

I could watch Black Ducks preen for hours.


A daily avian ritual, preening helps keep feathers oiled and supple, well-aligned for flight, and free of dust and parasites.

I personally find it mesmerizing; watching as together they all stretch and bend their necks, lift wings and extend limbs as if they were in some advanced yoga class!  😉


Every single feather is tended to in a deliberate, methodical fashion, from head to tail they go.


Reaching even those hardest-to-get-to places!  😉


And the reward for all this hard work?

Finishing up with a nice cool drink!


Then it’s right back to paddling and dabbling for these plucky little ducks.


Off you go now!   😉

A Very “Great” Elegance

Sharing a very special visit with a Great Blue Heron that I met recently over at Cockle Cove one early morning.


He was fishing…


In the company of several charming Black Ducks paddling nearby.


The privilege of photographing these birds is an experience like no other for me.


Each time I visit with them holds a different kind of magic.

They can be so graceful, so elegant in their movement…


And even a bit whimsical at times!


I have them to thank for all the magic, and for allowing me to be in their presence.


And I do……   ❤ ❤ ❤