Chillin’ with the Wood Ducks

Wood Duck, photo by Dan Lockard The All About Birds listing for Aix sponsa (wood duck) says in part: The Wood Duck is one of the most stunningly pretty of all waterfowl. Males are iridescent chestnut and green, with ornate patterns on nearly every feather; the elegant females have a distinctive profile and delicate white pattern around…

Lady ducks, take notice (of the Mallard)

Lady ducks take notice, photo by R.J.E. It’s been too long since I’ve added to the Michigan in Pictures Duckie Gallery. The All about Birds entry for Mallard Anas platyrhynchos explains: Mallards are large ducks with hefty bodies, rounded heads, and wide, flat bills. Like many “dabbling ducks” the body is long and the tail rides…

Remembering the Mad Duck, Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions

Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions, 1971 AP file photo “It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more ‘manhood’ to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature…

God’s Duck

SQUASH DUCK, photo by marsha*morningstar Here’s the latest in the always popular Michigan in Pictures Duckie Series. Marsha writes: Seriously, untouched—-exactly how it grew and the markings are natural…just a little saturation of color and edging but this is really Gods duck. See it bigger and in Marsha’s slideshow.

The Duck Lake Fire

Update (June 1): The Michigan DNR reports that fire crews are making good progress on the Duck Lake Fire in Luce County and that campgrounds, state parks, resorts and other businesses throughout the region and the Upper Peninsula are ready & waiting to deliver Pure Michigan fun! Duck Lake Fire, photo courtesy Michigan Department of…

Exposure.Detroit opening: all the cool duckies will be there

Rubber-Duckies, photo by nichpr This photo is part of Paul’s Artful set (slideshow). It’s also part of my developing collection of Michigan duck-related phoptography, but the less said about that, the better! The Exposure.Detroit May Exhibit Opening Party takes place this Friday (May 16) from 7pm – 10pm at the Bean & Leaf Cafe in…

Is this a Paddle, Raft, Plump, Team, Brace or Dopping of Ducks?

Swarm!, photo by OtisDude. OtisDude writes: I was shooting some duck pictures today when all the sudden something startled all the ducks. Calm to chaos in less than a second. I managed to snap off 4-5 pics before I got a little panicked and got out of the way. We’ve all heard of the many…