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.

6 comments:

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.