Winter is an exciting time for me for mainly one reason, especially since I have developed such an interest in wildlife photography. Starting in November I start to see WATERFOWL!
Ducks, Canada Geese and Trumpet Swans start arriving here on the farm. They start coming south and stopping here on the many ponds in and around the area.
These Gadwall were plentiful and put on a show for me. Gadwall are dabbling ducks like the Mallard.
Some stay here year round like the Gadwall, sometimes called the Gray Duck, pictured in the photos above.
But the one duck that I always wait for to arrive are the big Mallards. Above standing on the log is a female Mallard called a Suzie, looking on as a male Mallard called a Drake, eats and dabbles around the log.
The Drakes also known as green heads, are colorful big ducks and can be the hardest to get a great shot of. They seem to be more cautious and more aware of their surroundings than other ducks.
Malllards are dabbling ducks and like feeding off the bottom of ponds and lakes.
Waterfowl can be fast, and often require speeds of 1/500 sec or less to freeze their motion.
The female Lesser-Scaup is a pretty little duck with a white patch around the base of it’s bill. The male Lesser-Scaup does not have a patch.
The Leser-Scaup are diving ducks and can be very enjoyable to watch. This little female sat on a log as if possing for me.
Mallards are beautiful in flight. I just love to see them fly in and land and fly off as above. The wings of a duck make the most awesome sound when they fly over your head.
The Mallards took off in the rain and headed south. I can hardly wait until the next bunch lands.