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Who is that, Laurie?!
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That is one of my new friends, a Double Crested Cormorant. Thankyou for asking. Smile
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"Just jump in with both feet."

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Wow! Those are beautiful, Laurie! What kind are they? I raised 13 Muscovy ducks in Florida. Well, two were already grown, LOL! My neighbor hatched the eggs. They were beautiful, and followed me all over the yard.

http://www.ratherbephotog.com/birds/lake......k_01.jpg

I'd sit in the grass, and they'd all gather around me. A neighbor around the block killed them. Said they were a nuisance. Smile

Beautiful pix, Laurie! Thank you!

Doug
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Nice pictures!

What camera are you using?

I was looking at your earlier posts in this thread and had to chuckle over your "drought" conditions- I'm in Arizona though, big difference. Smile I no longer associate rivers or bridges with that mystery substance- water.

Thanks for sharing Canada with us! I used to truck drive and sometimes would enter Canada through Fort Erie, drop off a load and reenter through Windsor. Short trip, but I always looked forward to it! The stress levels on the highways drop to zero compared to the States and I've always loved the woods- really my kind of place.

thanks again! Smile
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Thankyou, and you're welcome- I don't know what kind of ducks they are, Doug. Some have said mallard with eclipse plumage, blue wing teal, etc. Smile I'll look them up. I know the big dark ones are Canada Geese. Smile

Thankyou, and you're welcome, too, Preston68. Photos early in this thread were taken with Olympus FE-20, small pocket camera- great for shooting detailed photos if you're close to the subject. More recently, from Spring onward, I've been using a FujiFilm FinePix S4300. Glad you like Canada. Smile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/blue-winged_teal/id

I think I'll go with Mallard, based on the links.
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See also the post at April 24, 2:39 pm. Smile
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Definitely mallards, Laurie. The teal has a blue-black bill, while the mallards have the yellow-orange bill. The hen teal head is also darker than the hen mallard's.

Lovely pics again!
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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Thankyou, John. Smile
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Great shots. Thanks! There was a pic of one duck in the water that at first glance almost looked like a BWT cause of the pattern of the feathers. But they are mallards. Best way to tell the hen mallards from the drakes in eclipse plumage is the bill, the drake is basically yellow while the hens bill is more orangeish and usually has some black splotches. The one in the 9:03 pic is definitely a drake and looks like it just pulled a feather off of himself! (It looks like that's a feather in it's mouth) He doesn't have a speck of green on his head, but that's gonna change pretty quick.

The drakes of all species will start turning all those awesome colors very soon. So keep that camera handy! Good luck, hope you get some more great pics.

Sometimes it's hard to tell from pictures, but in person it's pretty easy to tell any teal from a mallard if you can get a look at them moving around. Besides all the color variation etc, the BWT is a pint sized duck. Much, much, smaller than a mallard. Half the size or even a little less.
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How are the waterfowl behaving in your neck of the woods, Laurie? The weather is still very summery here, but the fields are filling up with geese and the seagulls are forming huge flocks, circling over the river. I refuse to believe it, but the birds are definitely thinking that it's fall!
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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On 2013-08-26 11:58, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
I refuse to believe it, but the birds are definitely thinking that it's fall!


I've noticed around here than the songbirds that migrate seem to be forming larger and larger flocks. Some of the migratory birds that were flying around in 1's and 2's are now flying around in groups of 10-20 birds. Lots of black birds especially are starting to covering up power lines and tree tops. They definitely know fall/winter is coming even though it's been in the 90's here.
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On 2013-08-26 11:50, Marlin1894 wrote:
and looks like it just pulled a feather


I can confirm that. Smile And, you're welcome, Marlin- thanks for commenting.

Can't really speak for the waterfowl, John, but the starlings are stepping up the aerial swarm maneuvers.
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I get to see Goat on Wednesday!
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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I'd love to see a pic if you have one, critter. Smile
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Yes, she's as big as she looks. Smile These girls used to scare me fairly good. You know, when you kinda walk into 'em or you look up and she's just there and if you hadn't looked you might have like walked into her or put your hand down on a fence beside her or something like that- a little PTSD effect, indeed. Met this one the other day and she posed very graciously for me and I wasn't so spooked.

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These two have been bullied a bit by some of the other geese, and they kind of hang back from the crowd. You can see a wound healing on the smiley one's chest- whether s/he was mauled by the others I'm not sure, but the one in front also had what appeared to be a bite wound on right side of face, healing well also. The one in front got left behind one day when the others flew into the water- this one didn't have flight feathers in yet since molting. I herded this individual down to the riverbank and s/he swam off and caught up with the rest. We're good friends, we are.

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Here's an earlier shot of them together just before the one in back got left behind. I think the one in front may the gosling of the one behind, regardless, the little one flew off after the rest of the herd that day. Smile

Here's a shot with the chest wound the little one presented with a week later:
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looked beak-shaped to me. Smile
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Some wing shots Smile :

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What kind of spider is that?
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