Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Long-tailed Duck/Wild Birds


Male and female long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis)

 Long-tailed ducks are divers, known to dive down as far as 60 metres (200 feet) to find mollusks, crustaceans and small fish.

 Female long-tailed duck

This female was fun to watch dive as I never knew where she was going to appear next. 

Male long-tailed duck

These two - as part of a large flock - are spending the winter here in central Ontario. They spend the spring and summer months in the Arctic.

I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

45 comments:

Giga said...

To dobrzy nurkowie są z tych ślicznych kaczek. Pozdrawiam.
They are good divers are these cute ducks. Yours.

Buttons said...

Oh I always wondered what they were called. Thank you I love coming here and learning. B

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

love those colors. such beauties. ( :

Indrani Ghose said...

Delightful captures.

Kerri said...

How cool is that?! LOVE that tail!!

Sandra said...

that is one cool duck and finally a name of a duck that makes sense..

see you there! said...

Enjoyed looking at the differences between the male and female. As always, I learned something new from your bird pictures

Darla

Janet said...

You get such fantastic duck pictures! These with the long tail are just beautiful.

Pamela Gordon said...

What amazing ducks these are to be able to dive so deep for food. I've never seen them here in NB but then I'm not near open water in winter and perhaps they prefer milder temperatures there. Great photos. The male is beautiful.

Halcyon said...

I like seeing different kinds of ducks. I only grew up with the boring white kind and the occasional mallard. :)

PS: Thanks for the info on the CIBC. I love learning new things!

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful! how very cool!

Judy said...

Wonderful! Another bird that I have never seen. It is so much fun to see what you will find for us next!

Stephanie said...

Nice clear shots!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That male is a dapper looking fella.

Small City Scenes said...

I love the color of the ducks. All so pretty and all so different. It is like a guessing game to see where the duck will re-appear. MB

HansHB said...

Great post for WBW!

Findlay Wilde said...

Such lovely ducks. From Findlay

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful ducks -- it's funny to think about the fact that these cold weather lovers migrate south to central Ontario .. I think about birds coming FROM there; I learn something new every day. Thank you.

Tina´s PicStory said...

they have such a sweet view :)

mick said...

Great photos of the ducks - they are beautiful.

Judy said...

Wow, those are cool looking!

RedPat said...

Spectacular tail!

Karen Xavier said...

Pretty ducks, and your pictures are so vivid...

Amanda said...

wow very striking birds!

Gary said...

Nice find!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Karen said...

Love the long tail feathers!

eileeninmd said...

Long the long-tailed ducks, they are beautiful. Wonderful photos!

LONDONLULU said...

Aw, why are they so adorable? Lovely photo-set again!

Michelle said...

Interesting! I can't say that I have ever seen a long tailed duck.

Becky said...

These are adorable! I've never seen any.

Jenny said...

Really enjoying meeting Ontario ducks that I didn't know about.

Kathy said...

She looks like she's wearing earmuffs. I would be too!

Randy said...

They are very cute.

Jack said...

You get more interesting ducks up there than we do in Connecticut. Mallards are all I notice.

Martha Z said...

I'd love to see these in person!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What beautiful birds, lovely soft colouration~

NatureFootstep said...

this is such a lovely duck. Rarely seen where I live as it passes only during migration.

Judy said...

Never heard of these beauties before! Maybe I could see them on the river if I carried my binoculars, as well as the camera and two leashes...

Sue said...

When my grandkids visit, we always go feed the ducks.

Lovely photos.

=)

Carletta said...

The male looks like he's dressed in this tux to go out. :)
He's a handsome fellow.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I have never seen a long-tailed duck! Incredible contrast of black and white with an extra flourish of the tail like a whip!

Stewart M said...

Very nice ducks! I used to watch them off the NE coast of England in the winter. Nice to see them again.

Thanks for the link to WBW.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

PS: sorry for slow reply - I been out of internet range in Tasmania!

Wally Jones said...

Nice post and pictures! Long-tailed Ducks are uncommon migrants down here in Florida and a few have been spotted on the east coast recently. Road trip!

Rohrerbot said...

I've heard of these ducks.....very cool looking! And nice finds. You must have been thrilled:)I know it's on my list of birds to find:)

Rose said...

I had never even heard of a long tailed duck..how unique he is!

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