Long-tailed Duck (Clanguala hyemalis)
Usually these ducks return to the Arctic rather early in spring, but a few Long-tails are still in the vicinity, not yet ready to return to the Arctic. Last week, I spotted a few in two different harbours on Lake Ontario and could hear many gregarious males "talking" far out in the lake. It's a melodious sound that I enjoy hearing.
Foraging for mollusks, crustaceans and small fish
Over the past 20 years, these sea ducks have become increasingly more abundant in Lake Ontario during winter perhaps due to climate change.
Heading out into the lake
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE
What a nice post!
A beautiful duck with the long tail.
A beautiful duck. I like it.
What a lovely duck, be a perfect model for a Mad Hatter's chapeau!
They are gorgeous ducks, I love the male with the long tail. Great shots, have a happy day!
What a fascinating little duck. Great photos! I would enjoy seeing this little beauty.
I like reading about species that I have never seen.
Such an exotic-looking duck.
A bit strange looking, but I like it.
What a gorgeous duck!!!...:)JP
It really does have a distinctive tail.
I like that long tail. The "taking off" photo is great. You caught it at a perfect moment.
oh, oh, oh....what an adorable duck. could that tail be any cuter?!
love those marking and the mostly white head....your take off shot is perfection!!!!!
These are some neat photos. One of the things that fascinates me about birding is how they came up with names. This one is quite obvious. :-) Nice work, as always!
Oh wow! I've never seen a duck like that. His name is certainly apt. :)
I love that 'we have lift off" shot.. beautiful ducks, i like those markings and that is one long tail...
Interesting bird. I wonder what's the object of the long tail. Looks nice though.
just fabulous looking and he knows it!
That's a funny-looking quack.
Wow, I have never seen, nor heard of one of those.
Quite a duck!
That's a new one for me!
Oh quack, quack how adorable! Quirky cute.
Love the long tail and the white cap head. Interesting bird!
Wow, learn something new everyday. I have never seen a duck like that.
Enjoy the view as long as possible, because they are beautiful. Regards.
an amazing duck! And your final shot rocks
ALOHA from Honolulu,
What a different tail it does have! Certainly explains the name. I went to All About Birds to listen...what they had was sure a different type of sound.
WOW! A wonderful close up of the LT duck.
I have never seen such a duck. Now I will keep my eyes open for it. Your taking off photo is wonderful!!!
I've never seen a duck like this before! Thanks for sharing your pics.
Looking at the first photo I was almost sure it was a dog... Surprise!
I have never seen such a duck. It's gorgeous!
Great photos and very beautiful coloring on those ducks.
WhAt a lovely duck . That skimming shot is beautiful...he has a unique wing spread. Lovely pics.
Oh cool! I've never seen one. Great shots.
Beautiful images. A few years back there was a report of a Long-tailed Duck less than half a mile from my home,but it was gone before I ever saw it. :(
What a cutie.
Those tails might be long, but they are also quite skinny.
Very lovely and distinct bird! Nice captures, Tina!!
Have a Beautiful Day!
They are beautiful ducks...great shots!
Handsome ducks! I'm used to seeing mallards that I think that's all the kind of ducks there are. I really ought to go check out the wild refuge to the east of us and see what kind of ducks and other birds are about.
Having seen my first one earlier this year, this is fast becoming one of my favourite ducks. Wonderful pictures.
Absolutely Gorgeous bird. I am thinking that BirdKY alerted us to one of this species here a couple of days this past Winter. Roads were too bad for me to get out and see it though!
A very handsome duck...I love the tail and coloring.
I never seen this duck before...cute as a duck!
That is an impressive long tail feather.
That’s cute duck with long tail. These days’ things are become very abnormal
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