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!

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GADWALL

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.

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GADWALL

These Gadwall were plentiful and put on a show for me. Gadwall are dabbling ducks like the Mallard.

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GADWALL
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GADWALL

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.

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MALLARDS DRAKES

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.

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Malllards are dabbling ducks and like feeding off the bottom of ponds and lakes.

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DRAKE MALLARD

Waterfowl can be fast, and often require speeds of 1/500 sec or less to freeze their motion.

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DRAKE MALLARD
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DRAKE MALLARDS
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MALLARDS AND GADWALL

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MALLARD SUZIE
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LESSER-SCAUP

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.

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LESSER-SCAUP

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.

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MALLARDS TAKING OFF

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.

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MALE MALLARD IN FLIGHT

The Mallards took off in the rain and headed south.  I can hardly wait until the next bunch lands.

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GADWALL

 

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