Monday, January 7, 2013

Walking on Water/Our World

 Mallards walking on water...frozen water

It's January and we do have ice here in central Ontario now, but these photos were taken the day before Christmas when the ice was still thin.  These mallards seem to have been a bit confused, especially the male who kept slipping and sliding.

 Sign at end of pier

Had the mallards read this sign?

 Cautious female

I think she had because she moved slowly and carefully but...

Not-so-cautious male

this guy kept sliding and eventually put his left foot through some very thin ice before he limped to some open water to swim.

  More photos from Our World can be seen by clicking HERE.

40 comments:

Penelope Puddlisms said...

The ice looks as thin as a sheet of cellophane where the male mallard seems to be trying to skate. :)

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The ice does look thin.

see you there! said...

First thing I thought of is your shots define the old saying "you are on thin ice". I think my GGM said that to me when I was naughty.

Darla

Lowell said...

Well, those poor little duckies need to get their tails down to Florida asap! We do get cooler weather on occasion, but this week it's gonna be in the 80s every day except today!

Kathy said...

No different than how I would walk on ice! With lots of trepidation and feet in the air I'm sure.

Sandra said...

at least if these gorgeous creatures fall through they can float..swim. i am wondering how they maintain ice..

Kerri said...

Those cold feet!!
Great series!!

Jack said...

They will figure it out pretty soon, just like drivers slip and slide the first time they encounter winter ice.

SFlaGuy said...

We don't really have that problem here in sunny South Florida but then we don't get the chance to take many photos like this.

Cezar and Léia said...

caution is the word in this case! They are adorable critters and clever as well!
Léia

Judy said...

I don't know how they can stand to swim in ice water but it doesn't seem to bother them. We always get a large flock of ducks that stay here most of the winter and then are gone all summer. These are nice shots of ducks on ice.

Pamela Gordon said...

These are great photos! I've never seen ducks walking on thin ice before. Amazing.

Rohrerbot said...

I love it when they start to run on ice. That's rather comical:)

TexWisGirl said...

poor babies! must be hard to eat.

George said...

This photo sequence -- and your captions -- have put a big smile on my face. I love it!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It is so funny to watch these guys try to walk on ice. They look like I feel when I have to walk on ice,so I guess I shouldn't be laughing.

LONDONLULU said...

Oh typical male, rushing in where fools fear to tread;) Beautiful and bright ducks, don't know why but the sight of ducks always make me happy.

Karen said...

Walking on thin ice for sure. Great captures EG!

cieldequimper said...

They forgot their skates! :-) Happy New Year! (I'm late, I know but in France it's okay to wish it until the end of the month!)

RedPat said...

Such great fun, EG!

Sue said...

Very cool water-walking on the part of these ducks!

;)

Martha Z said...

We have plenty of mallards around here but no ice. Great shots.

Sylvia K said...

Now that is walking on ICE!! What terrific, fun captures for the day, EG!! I love them!!

Gary said...

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

eileeninmd said...

Great shots, it is cool to see the ducks ice-skating! Have a happy week!

Janet said...

But what fun they are having slipping and sliding on the ice!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The ice looks like fine glass! And it looks very slippery! Poor old mallard! I guess his pride kept him going!

makiejl.com said...

terrific!! I caught mallards in the same predicament the other day as well...

Indrani Ghose said...

Interesting to observe.
I hope they are having enough to eat.

Randy said...

Cute couple.

Stephanie said...

Guess these birds are not heavy enough to break the ice. Lovely shots of the birds, I love ducks!

Esther Joy said...

Love your duck shots!

A few years ago I was visiting my brother in Rapid City, SD. He took me to a city park with a frozen pond, and we laughed as we watched the ducks fly in and land most ungracefully!

Luna Miranda said...

the ducks were probably wondering what happened to heir world.:p the ice looks so think i'm surprised it didn't break from their weight.

Fun60 said...

Trust the male to plough on regardless of the sign!

ladyfi said...

Ha ha! And what delightful shots.

Carver said...

Fun shots of the mallards stepping out on the ice. I love the owl shots in the next post too.

Dana said...

I would love to have seen these ducks, but thanks to your shots, I feel I have!

Small City Scenes said...

So cute. Our pond has frozen a few times and it is always comical to watch the ducks parade above water. MB

Susan said...

Probably wondering where the heck the water all went.

Judy said...

I love the texture of the ice, and the reflections of the ducks!!

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