Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"What is That?"

The theme this week is "What is That?" by me.  Mac, Kathy, Lew, Christine and I have a little contest to show a new theme header each week. We now post anytime before 4 PM EDT on Wednesdays and voting begins after that.

I had full intentions of going a completely different way but plans change. I was out on the lake yesterday and had to ask, "What is That?". There was a duck on the shore that I had never seen before.  It was a female Common Merganser. It jump into the water and I was able to get it swimming.  I love the head coloring and the orange elongated bill on this duck. Do you like her haircut?
  Here is a view of the shore and what caught my eye. There was a Canada Goose and a duck I don't know. It may be a domesticated duck. There were also the American Black Duck which stayed all season. 
It was a fast swimmer and I enjoyed following it.
They do have great coloring even in the body.
Now I know why it is called an American Black Duck. Look at the head of the male.
See what the others show on my side bar.


Ruth Hiebert said...

Lovely photos.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I so love the mergansers!!! Great shots!

imac said...

Grand show of Ducks there Tom, I would never have guessed what sort they are, unlike you, you being a lake man, knows all.

Lew said...

Nice captures! The Merganser seems to have her eye set on a particular place to go.

Linda Gross said...

Great picture of the Merganser!

Katney said...

I have seen the common merganser before and had pretty much the same reaction. In fact, I had to zoom in on it to clearly see the markings. Good catch. Funny how we change our direction on the themes.