Tuesday, November 20, 2012

American Black Duck/Wild Birds

 American Black duck

American black ducks live mostly in eastern North America, but they have been seen on the West Coast, in Europe and in Asia.

 Taking a bath

They are mostly vegetarian but eat insects and small mollusks and fish during breeding season. In shallow water they are dabbling ducks but in deep water they have been known to dive as much as 12 feet for tasty nibbles.


I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

43 comments:

Kerri said...

LOVE the shot with his wings .... it looks like he's directing a choir :)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a handsome and beautiful bird.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Isn't he the beautiful, colourful one! Wonderful shots!

Kathy said...

I'm becoming very fond of ducks!

Crafty Gardener said...

Very nice photos of the black duck. I'v sharing some swan photos this week.

Muffy's Marks said...

Awesome photos, I really like the 'bath' one!!

Buttons said...

Oh I am always so happy to see your bird shots but your teachings about what we are seeing make it perfect. Love those ducks.B

Sandra said...

wow on the deeep diving

DeniseinVA said...

Such a sweet duck!

Halcyon said...

I see that tiny bit of color on the wing! :)

Giga said...

Urocze kaczki, a drugie zdjęcie jest wspaniałe. Pozdrawiam.
Adorable ducks, and the second photo is great. Yours.

Lowell said...

That poor black duck is a little blue! Probably because he's not in Florida. Cute though and you shot him well.

Pam :) said...

Fantastic shots.. I love the action you captured, CC.

Florida Birder

Crafty Green Poet said...

The black duck looks very like a female mallard, that must be very confusing sometimes! (The two species hybridise too, so it must be confusing for them as well!)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wow! Majestic ducks and amazing photography ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Beautiful shots. Love the bath!

TexWisGirl said...

very handsome shots!

Small City Scenes said...

I love a sweet faced duck.
Great pics, EG.

Like the post before too. MB

RedPat said...

Another bird lesson for us, EG!

LONDONLULU said...

Oh, I don't think we've ever had these, what a sweet pretty duck - I love how you caught them & that pop of blue colour!

(I also love the idea of majestic buildings dedicated to a good education - if any pursuit deserves beautiful surroundings, it's that:)

Randy said...

That's one plump little duck.

Adam Jones said...

Very nice shots.

Gary said...

Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You have wonderful pictures of this duck.

mick said...

Great photos of the ducks.

Rohrerbot said...

This is a new duck for me as well. I don't think I have seen one yet....well I know I haven't but it would be another cool lifebird. Great pics:)

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful shots of the Black Duck. I have never seen one closeup. They are usually far away.

Miss Kodee said...

I always think ducks look cold the way the squish up their bodies under them. Love the blue wing tips peaking out.

Michelle said...

I love that little dash of foot you see in these shots. I always love to see their feet working in the water.

Andrea said...

I saw my first Black Ducks in Wisconsin this summer. They are beautiful and your pictures capture that. I would never have guessed that they were divers ... they aren't built like most diving birds. A very interesting fact ... thanks. I love it when I learn something new. The trick is to remember it :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Brian King said...

Beautiful shots! The wing spread is always one of my favorites!

Jack said...

I would have called this a mallard, but what do I know?

Stephanie said...

Lovely shots of the ducks, love the shimmering blue in the wings.

Müge Tekil said...

Very beautiful bird and very nice photos! I hope duck hunting is forbidden in your country.

Stewart M said...

Splendid birds - for all that Mallard are common I still like them. The males are great when they are in full breeding plumage.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

EG CameraGirl said...

Black ducks and mallards are very similar, Jack. Even they think so and sometimes interbreed. The offspring are sterile, though.

i stora drag said...

Nice shots! They look like our mallards, but I've just read on Wikipedia about the difference. I do that often, when I'm not sure about all english/american names on birds.
Greetings Pia in Sweden

Everything Changes said...

Love ducks!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We both did ducks this week -- they look a lot alike, although most thought mine were mallards. Your pics are much clearer..thanks!

bailey-road.com said...

These are beautiful shots!

Wally Jones said...

Very nice images of American Black Duck and informative comments. Thank you for sharing!

Zosia said...

She seems to be using a banana for a beak, especially on the first photo :-).

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Such a beautiful duck and lovely image captures! Happy weekend~

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