DUCKS & WATERFOWL
RINGED TEAL PREENING
This sequence shows a pair of Ringed Teal preening in late autumn sunshine. The series of images shows the movements of both birds and the marked variations in the colouring of the male over a few minutes. At one stage the vivid green sheen of the wings gave way to dark blue. I was also trying to use the water behind them to create an impressionistic effect, which has worked in a way.
TUFTED DUCKS ON WIMBLEDON COMMON LAKE
A family walk, a new place to explore (notwithstanding that we’ve lived within 5 miles of it for 35 years… ), and a small point & shoot camera. I took advice from the youngest member of the party and snapped these tufted ducks. I was lucky with the light on the water. In the last one I happened to point the camera in the right place just as it surfaced from a dive. No wonder it looks a bit surprised…
COMB / KNOB-BILLED DUCKS (Sarkidiornis melanotos)
COMMON GOLDENEYE DUCKS
A WHITE DUCKLING AND HIS ADOPTIVE FAMILY – OXFORDSHIRE
MUSCOVY DUCKS – THE MATING GAME
This is going to be a bit awkward for me. And for you. We are all going to have to be very adult about this. If you are sensitive about discussing… intimacies, then look away now. Because we are going to have to confront the facts with courage and fortitude. Ducks have sex. Oh, you didn’t quite catch that? They have Sex. SEX. SEX. Let’s call it something less.. well, I think mating is the correct word, although given the fact that the female suffers total submersion during the proceedings, ‘ducking’ would not be wholly out of place…
Muscovy ducks turn out to be very interesting in this area. A quick piece of research about them unearthed this unbeatable wiki-nugget of anatidaean life: “Male Muscovy Ducks have spiralled penises which can become erect to 20 cm in one third of a second. Females have cloacas that spiral in the opposite direction to try to limit forced copulation by males”.
WHITE HEADED DUCKS AT WWT BARNES
THREE SPECIES OF REDDISH DUCK AT WWT BARNES
DUCKS AT WWT BARNES FEB 2012
FEMALE TUFTED DUCK – in many ways this is my favourite photo of the day. None of these photos has been modified, so the water is just as it was