New Life Bird – Northern Pintail – Post 37

And to think I had almost turned the key and headed for home.

Nothing much was happening at the harbor; I’d arrived late, long after most of the ducks had moved on up the channel at the harbor.

When all of a sudden, in flew three ducks who landed skerPLASH on the water in front of me.

A pair of Mallards… and  a third duck I’d never seen before.

He had a beautiful chocolate head, white and brown mottled feathers, white chest with a sliver of white going up the neck – and a bluish bill that glowed in the glare of morning light.


He was swimming quickly by, but I was fortunate to get a snap or two as he passed.

I found out later, it was a Northern Pintail drake, another “new life bird”!  Woo HOO!  😉  ❤

 

Long-tailed Ducks Love the Chop at Bank Street Beach – Day 20

I was walking Bank Street Beach the other afternoon, photographing gulls.

It was really windy, the seascape full of chop, and it wasn’t one bit easy holding the camera steady.

Just then I noticed something out in the water that I’d never seen before.


A tiny little head, swimming among the eiders and gulls.


And when I saw it pop up again, between the choppy waves, I couldn’t believe my eyes!


What was that?

Three long, long tail feathers, a real short bill with a pink ring, white-gray-black feathers, and black “smudges” on the side of the head that almost looked like ears.

Was this a bird, or a dog?!  😉


I later found out that it was a Long-tailed Duck…


And he wasn’t alone!


Long-taileds breed in the far Arctic regions, wintering here on the East Coast and on the West Coast as well.

And lucky for me, unlike most ducks the Long-taileds sport their striking plumage during nonbreeding season.

I sure would’ve hated to miss those tail feathers, they were outa’ this world!


I thought I counted three ducks in all, and they were busy as beavers; flying to and fro abruptly, then diving under the waves with great splashes.


When I turned to leave, I thanked them for visiting with me and becoming my newest “new life bird”.

Shaky camera and all, they took my breath away!   😉


Found Among the Mallards – Hooded Merganzers – Day 29

The other day I mentioned the Hooded Merganzers I’d recently met.

Among the Mallards they were, paddling about so quietly that I almost missed them.


A sweet pair…


And you could tell, he was the one guarding the area, as she dove continually for fish.

Even with the water glare, when I did catch a glimpse of her I thought she was one of the prettiest little ducks I’d ever seen.


I sure hope I see them again for a visit… if they’ll let me.

I must remember to ask her, who does her DOO?!  😉