Over at Ridgevale Beach tonight I came upon this American Black Duck drake, taking a sip of water at sunset.
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.
I found out later, it was a Northern Pintail drake, another “new life bird”! Woo HOO! 😉 ❤
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.
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?! 😉
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!
Shaky camera and all, they took my breath away! 😉
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.
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 must remember to ask her, who does her DOO?! 😉