Category Archives: ducks

Readers’ wildlife photos

The response to my call for photos has been tame, and I might have to start putting up photo posts on a sporadic basis. If you have good photos (and I emphasize “good”), please send them to me. Today’s post involves my favorite brand of waterfowl: DUCKS! It comes from reader William Savage, whose notes […]

In which I unfriend people on Facebook for wishing that Trump would sicken and die

A few days ago  one of my Facebook friends posted a comment on their timeline wishing that someone would send Donald Trump E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce, with the clear implication that this would sicken or kill him.  Much as I despise Trump and his views, I found that comment insupportable, and after a testy remark […]

I had another dream. . . and some biology

For some reason I’ve remembered my dreams recently, though I usually forget them by morning. This is a short one from last night. For some reason I was confined in a cold jail cell, and the cell’s heater was simply a series of heated squiggly tubes, like a television antenna, resting on a stand. The […]

Two photos

While I’m downtown this morning, I proffer two photos for your delectation. The first comes from reader Andrés Aranda, who sent a photo of a corbel with ducks. He writes: I went for a walk a couple of weeks ago, and saw this at the Garnison Church of St. Martin in Dresden. I thought you […]

Bufflehead courtship

Buffleheads (Bucephala albeola) are cute diving sea ducks that have a pronounced sexual dimorphism, especially in the breeding season. Here are the males vs. females from the Cornell bird site. This will help you pick out the sexes in the video below.  The video shows a group of bufflehead males trying to impress a few […]

Remembrance of ducks past

While going through my photos from last summer, I found a gazillion photos of Honey and her brood, as well as of sundry drakes like James and Billzebub. Among the photos, though, was this one, showing Honey teaching her ducklings how to preen. I thought it was cute and present it for your delectation:

Readers’ wildlife photos (and art)

Today, lest any reader be overlooked because their photos were posted on a holiday, I’ll put some of my own up: photos of both wild mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) from France as well as French art depicting mallards. Here are the fat ducks of Chartres. The river runs fast, and the mallards position themselves in the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Let’s begin with ducks, as Stephen Barnard sent another fantastic mallard photo as well as a video of a flock of mallards taking off from his fields. My title is “Two mallards in flight—afternoon delight.” The photo: The video: Look at all them ducks! Reader Chris Winstead sent a photo of a Great Horned Owl […]

I wonder where she is. . . .

Or where they all are.  Here’s the crop of this year’s ducklings, photographed when they were awkward teenagers. Honey was a great mother. Now it’s snowed in Chicago, and the pond is vacant. I hope that wherever she is, she’s warm and has lots of food. I’d take bets on whether she’ll be back in […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I’m BAAACK! Thanks to Grania for filling it with some great Hilis (and other posts) in my absence. We’re returning to our regular readers’ wildlife feature, and I have a reasonable backlog to tide us over. We’ll begin with some doings on Stephen Barnard’s property in Idaho; winter is coming on and it’s migration season, […]