Saturday, December 21, 2013

Long-tailed Ducks

 Male (front) and female long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemelis)

It was finger-numbing cold, overcast and very windy the day I took these photos, but this is the time of year when I see flocks of long-tailed ducks swimming in the icy waters of Lake Ontario.

 Sitting up tall in water

Early in winter, these diving ducks can be quite shy of humans, just having arrived here from the Arctic. Later in the season they sometimes move a little closer to humans carrying cameras. (I sure hope so!)

 Female long-tailed duck

I love the odd sounds they make when they talk to each other, but these ducks were silent. However, one male was wagging his tail feathers and  the whole flock moved further out into the bay. I suspect the tail wagging was a warning signal.

Taking off

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40 comments:

genie said...

It is so neat when I see a duck taking off...it is always an unexpected scene. The one with the long curved tail feathers in the first shot is something else. Absolutely beautiful.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Amazing....magical...stupendous. Seriously. I've read on the Texas Bird Sighting site that I frequent that these ducks have been spotted near here...but I've never been so lucky. Or should I say fortunate. These images rock.

Happy Christmas to you too!!

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'
and
Hootin' Anni

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely brilliant of the Long-tailed Duck, superb.

Buttons said...

Oh I love them they are very unusual I have never seen these before.. Merry Christmas Camera girl. Hug B

eileeninmd said...

These are beautiful ducks! Awesome photos! I hope to see them this winter. Thanks for linking up to Saturday's Critters. Enjoy your weekend.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

JOTA ENE ✔ said...

Wow... great photos!

Andy said...

Another breed that's new to me. I guess I am going to pay more attention when I'm near a body of water. PS: I hope your hubby did not slip and fall on the ice this morning.

Birdman said...

Birdman like this a lot.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The male is quite stunning. I have never seen one of these even though a few years ago there was a report of one being quite close to where I live.Went looking for it but never saw it.:(

TexWisGirl said...

WOW!!! they are amazing looking! thanks for braving the cold to share these!

Sandra said...

this is the first time i ever would like to pet or hug a duck. they are adorable. i love the one sitting up high and i would be to if my tush was in that icy cold water. i can tell the water is rough from the wind. excellent photos of these beauties.

Revrunner said...

Wow! What a dramatic looking duck.

Phil Slade said...

I love the shot of the long tailed male - so bright and at this time of year too!

I think the tail wagging could be a message to the females. Even thought it's very cold most men just have one thing on their mind.

The Furry Gnome said...

Amazing pictures. I've never seen one; have to start watching.

Judy said...

You are brave to go out into the cold but I'm glad you did. I have never seen this duck before.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I don't think I have ever seen a picture of that species of duck before. Thanks.

Jette Hollesen said...

Lovely, fresh images. I want to jump
and join the bird.
Merry Christmas!
Jette Majken

Jan said...

Great captures. This is a new "sighting" for me.

Gail Dixon said...

The males are really fancy! Love these!!

Beth Edwards said...

that tail is too great!! ( :

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous ducks! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you for sharing your stunning closeup of the pair of long-tailed ducks. The water shots were so textured. Visual treats.
Joy

cieldequimper said...

You are becoming quite the nature photographer. Love these.

Bill Nicholls said...

Cute ducks

RedPat said...

That is quite a tail!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, best shots I have seen of this duck. :) Thanks for sharing.

Vagabonde said...

I really like the ducks in the first picture. I have never seen such ducks before. The male is so elegant – as usual in birds, the male is the prettier of the two. Nice shots!

Sue said...

I've never seen a duck with a long, curled tail like that!

=)

Jack said...

I didn't know there was such a thing as a long-tailed duck. The first image is really something!

VioletSky said...

Wonderful shot. And a great one of the long-tail!
I took about 45 pictures the other day, but none were very good as the ducks were too far away.

Cloudia said...

I was feeling pretty good about the duck post I have for tomorrow, till I came here and saw this professional presentation! Ducky!



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Our photos said...

Beautiful are the ducks!
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
RW & SK

William Kendall said...

They are beautiful ducks indeed. I love that last pic.

Randy said...

I like the duck with the fancy tail.

Stewart M said...

Splendid pictures of a great bird - used to see them in the winter off the east coast of the UK.

I'll always take too cold over too hot - which is a bit of a problem given where I live!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: hope you have a good Christmas.

Mersad said...

Beautiful images!

Lowell said...

I've never figured out how these guys survive in the cold weather. Cute, they are, though.

Stephanie said...

A first for me to see these long tailed ducks. Beautiful shots!

Kenneth C Schneider said...

Such beautiful images of the Long-tails!

edenhills said...

That is some impressive tail!

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