Saturday, October 15, 2016

Northern Shoveler

Another amazing sighting at the Library Pond.

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(could you all turn back around now?)

I drove by the first time and saw a LONG line of ducks! But I just had my little Nikon P300 with me at the time.

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Nikon pic

So after lunch I went back with my Canon hoping they would still be there!

They were BUT they had divided into 2 ‘groups’!

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So I took photos, trying to zoom in to see what they were.

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There may be another type of duck mixed in with these.

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But they appear to be mostly Northern Shoveler.

And I saw the bluish green wing patch in a few.

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Then just as I was getting back in my car, they started to get back together.

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Passing on the left! lol

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Back in line!

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No stragglers please!

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Hurry UP!!!

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What a FUN sighting!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

17 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

a true flotilla!

Arlene Grimm said...

Those ducks are very organized as they have their ducks in a row....lol. Sorry for the bad joke but it was my first thought on seeing them.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, now that is a big group of ducks. The shovelers do have those big bills. Nice sighting and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing you post! Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

looks as though they might have been herding something...or maybe they were clumped together to avoid the interest of a gator?

Susie said...

Diane, Funny how the ducks wanted to huddle. I like that you see so many birds and water fowl in your area. Hope you are having fun this weekend. Blessings sweet girl, xoxo, Susie

Linda Walker said...

Hi Diane,
How are you? That is a fun sighting! Such a cute bunch of photos! I saw some ducks the other day too and while on a local river boat cruise I saw several beautiful white swans and lots of young ones! It's always nice to see wildlife in their natural environments!
Hope all is well!
xo
Linda

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Nice pond shots of the ducks and they are so organized in the water. Posing for you I guess to show you their water skills.

Happyone said...

What a cute series of pictures. : )

Gina said...

Diane, how adorable that they were all in a line facing the same way! I love ducks! Thank you for sharing your nature photos with us!

Linda said...

Interesting that they separated and rejoined, like a dance.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What fun - love their water ballet. Happy weekend - our NW WA storm fizzled out - we got a few gusts of wind and a bit of rain - all that fussing for nothing - but glad we didn't get the damage they predicted.

Breathtaking said...

Good morning Diane!:) Cute first shot of the Shovelers all in a row!:) It made me smile!:) I took a similar shot of some cows not long ago. If you lived in a cold climate, I would guess that they huddled together for warmth, but I know that's not the case. A large group like this one is such a pleasure to see. Thanks for sharing a bird I could never hope to see where I live.:) Have a great Sunday.:)

Anni said...

The northern shovelers are a great duck....I like the males [of course LOL]
And the ones with the blue patch? A blue winged teal?

Great images...I appreciate the panoramic views.

Thanks so much for joining in with us birders this weekend at I'd Rather B Birdin'....it's always a pleasure.

Cherdecor said...

Such a cute post! I was wondering why ducks naturally stay in line or line up. I did some googling. Do you think that imprinting has anything to do with it?

Jeanne said...

Such a happy little village all sticking together!

Red Rose Alley said...

I didn't realize ducks swam in packs like that, how interesting. What a sight that was for you.

~Sheri

Valerie CottageMakingMommy said...

Your day looks beautiful. My hubby wears out his socks on our farm. I'm thinking maybe I should try some hiking socks.