Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 283 - Pacific Black Duck

I went for a brief post Christmas walk this morning - trying to make room for Boxing Day lunch!  It was rather quiet on my local patch in terms of birds - and those that were there proved to be rather camera shy.

However, these Pacific Black Ducks (Anas superciliosa) were out and about - probably looking to a post Christmas snack!

If Christmas is as busy for you as it is for me, some calming ducks may not be a bad thing - so here they are!






Well, the next WBW will be next year!  Have fun.


21 comments:

Marie Smith said...

Beautiful markings on those ducks. Enjoy the holidays!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Went searching for a snowy owl on Christmas Eve with no luck. I may go out again today and tomorrow. Now is my best chance for seeing one as there have been numerous sightings in the area, just got to be at the right place at the right time. Our time here is running short and we'll be headed back home in a couple of days.

I love the ducks. Do you have Black bellied whistling ducks there? They're stunning birds.

Rhodesia said...

They are pretty ducks and I love the reflections. All the best for 2018. Cheers Diane

Andrea Priebe said...

We had a quiet, not so busy, Christmas this year. And, it is waaaaay to cold to go out hunting for birds, so I am content to come look at your beautiful black ducks. They look like robbers with their black masks and handsome in spite of their suspicious looks. You are lucky because Christmas just isn't Christmas without kids around to up the excitement. But, I have to admit, quiet is a nice way to go as well :) Hope your Holidays all the way to the New Years Eve events are wonderful and comfortably warm. My Izzi loves the snow so I have grown to love it too, but the - 11 degree weather and the 15 minutes it takes for me to get enough layers on to take her out ... well, I can do without that! Happy New Year, Stewart, as we won't see you until 2018. 2018 is a big year for those of us that hope to strip power from our despicable president and his cowardly minions. Fingers crossed ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Nora said...

I love this duck, I like the markings on his head and the color of that bill. I have never seen one like that. Happy New Year to you and your family Stewart! cheers

David Gascoigne said...

Tranquil to be sure. I am sure the walk was cathartic.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Ducks and gulls can pretty much be relied upon where others fail us!!! Hope you've had a joyful family time, Stewart! YAM xx

Linda W. said...

Nice colorful sharp photos!

Lady Fi said...

Awww - lovely!

Lea said...

Beautiful!

JP A Quiet Corner said...

Wonder why they're a "Black Duck"...do names sometimes make you wonder, Stewart or is it just me???? Well, regardless of the reason, they are a handsome (and well reflected) creature!...:)JP

eileeninmd said...

Hello, your Black Duck looks a lot like our American Black Duck. Great photos. I hope you and your family had a happy Christmas! Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Cloudia said...

Fine images Stewart. Thank You!

photodoug said...

Stewart, Thanks for sharing. May you have a blessed New Year.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Interesting face pattern! I guess they are "quackers" related to the Mallard as our Mottled and Black Ducks. Tack sharp photos. Happy New Year, Stewart!

Betty Crow said...

Each is a beautiful shot. It amazes me how ducks still like to swim in the water when it is freezing cold. Happy New Year!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

clearly, she kept her eye on you!

Linda said...

Beautiful ducks! Happy New Year!

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful ducks...yes, very stress-relieving photos! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Phil Slade said...

Hi Stewart. Proving once again that we should never walk on by our duck species. That's a really attractive one. See you in 2018. Have a good one.

NatureFootstep said...

a beautiful duck. I like the head colors.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!