Saturday, January 9, 2010

Camera Critters # 92 - Mallard Ducks


The ducks in my header where closely congregated in Fish Creek. This is looking North and upstream. You can see how many ducks are located near the bridge. You can click on the photo to get a closer view. One of the people that  guesses the correct number of ducks will get a framed photo of my header. Just put your guess in the comments.


You can see the one unusual color phase of the Mallard Female Duck at the top right.


I went to the downstream side of Fish Creek looking South and some of the ducks flew a little ways.


They settled in fairly quickly and allowed for some photos.


They are very comfortable in the cold water and the water just rolls off their back. Their duck down keeps them warm and they can just sit still in the water.


You can see a lot of neat critters at the above Meme.

35 comments:

Jane said...

I don't think I could guess, but lovely shots though. Thanks for sharing:)

~ Kathy ~ said...

OMGosh that is alot of ducks!! Beautiful pics! I haven't a clue as to how many...but wild guess 77?? Have a great week!

Snap said...

WoW! Look at all those ducks! Beautiful!

Tricia said...

Oh my gosh, there's so many! Very cool shots, Tom!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

My guess is "many". Since I am not from the US this makes it simple.Great shots.
Blessings,Ruth

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, Now that's alot of ducks... I'll say 78.... How's that for a good guess????

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Carletta said...

I have never seen so many mallards in one place before!
Neat shots!

storyteller said...

If I had the time, I'd count the ducks because I do love the photo in your header. That said ... I don't have the time and I marvel at how ducks manage in those cold temperatures even WITH down ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

jeannette stgermain said...

Even without the ducks this is a superb photo. But the ducks make it even more intriguing!

imac said...

Great pics, how many ducks?, how many rocks ? = Ducks - lets say 79

Darla said...

This is amazing!! 89!!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Now that is a lot of ducks, nice shots.

eileeninmd said...

That is a lot of ducks. Great shots.

SaraG said...

Boy that's a bunch of Mallards! They are such a pretty bird!!
Take care Tom!!

rinelle said...

Nice Catch! Mine is up!

Michael said...

At least there is some un-iced water for them. That is a lot of ducks.

Lavender Cottage said...

So many ducks all in one place but way too many to count!
Enjoyed your post.

SandyCarlson said...

They came out in numbers for you. Must have been something!

rinzo said...

nice post! godbless.

Pietro said...

Tom, these are wonderful pictures of the ducks. There are so many! I like the river too.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I guess these ducks are happy! They've found open water and some goodies in the water. ;-)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Too many to count Tom but at least 60. :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Ohmigod, what a beautiful group!
I bet it was very cold there , even so they face the water! :)
I could not try it...never! LOL

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Martha in PA said...

I say 90!

I have never seen so many mallards in one place! So cool!

My CC

wenn said...

just lovely!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Wow! Now that's a bunch of ducks in one place. I don't think I've ever seen that many in one place.
I'm guessing 82.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Brings back a lot of memories of a time when I was younger. I used to go to the grain elevator and buy a 50 pound bag of cracked corn, haul it to the park, put the bag on my shoulder and walk to the creek and dump the corn in shallow water. The ducks and geese who were in the water to stay warm, would swim up to the spot and eat the grain. I used to do that every winter when it got very cold.

Rambling Round said...

Looks like a great migration up the creek! Wonderful photo.

Gaelyn said...

That is quite a brace of ducks. I don't think I can count that high. ;-)

Excellent captures once again Tom. That one female is unusual.

Janie said...

35? That's an amazing collection of mallards. Love the new header, too.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

OK,I'll venture my guess.Perhaps 65.
Blessings,Ruth

Willard said...

That is an amazing series of duck photos, Tom and they especially capture the atmosphere of waterfowl in winter, while your flower post of today makes us yearn for the more pleasant weather.

Jenn Jilks said...

That's where our ducks have gone! We miss them. But our lake is fairly solid. Your flowers delightful. Hubby brought me home a bunch when grocery shopping. They are lovely, too! A breath of spring.

KaHolly said...

Okay, 81! I don't think I've ever seen so many in one spot! How exciting.

Misty Dawn said...

Holy Cow that's a LOT of ducks!!! That would have been such a neat experience!