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…

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…

Sunrise Flight

Sunrise Flight, photo by ptpomber Safe & quick flights … and travels of any kind this weekend. Speaking of flight, if anyone can identify the bird from yesterday, that would be great! View ptpomber’s photo bigger and see more from Mackinac Island including some very cool winter shots in his slideshow.

Hooded Merganser Party

Hooded Merganser Party, photo by Adore707. While these birds are partying*, you probably won’t have to shout at them to keep it down. The All About Birds entry for Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) says that they are silent except in courtship when male gives a deep rolling frog-like sound. Their wings do produce a loud…

Seney National Wildlife Refuge

Seney, MI, photo by lilrhgerl. lilrhgerl took this Holga photo – do yourself a favor and check out her Holga slideshow. She writes that Seney is the most amazing place, and anyone who has spent time there would probably agree. The Seney National Wildlife Refuge encompasses nearly 100,000 acres in the central Upper Peninsula. Seney…