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 … Continue reading Chillin’ with the Wood Ducks

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 … Continue reading Lady ducks, take notice (of the Mallard)

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

Snow (and Ducks) on the Huron River

Huron, originally uploaded by John Baird. Speaking of snow (of which Michigan has almost none right now), here’s a stunning photo by John Baird of snowier days on the Huron River.Click the photo, click “ALL SIZES” and look at the largest to get the full effect. When he’s not taking pictures, John is a furniture … Continue reading Snow (and Ducks) on the Huron River

Red Mohawk: At Home with Michigan’s Pileated Woodpecker

Red Mohawk, photo by PK HyperFocal The All About Birds entry for the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) says in part: The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest. Look … Continue reading Red Mohawk: At Home with Michigan’s Pileated Woodpecker

Ross’s Goose

Ross’s Goose, photo by jsommer2 A few weeks ago there was a bit of a question as to the duckishness of a sleeping duck I posted, so I spent a lot of time looking at ducks & duck-like birds. One of them showed up in the photo group so without further delay… The All About Birds … Continue reading Ross’s Goose

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 … Continue reading Hooded Merganser Party

Hello 2010!

molly in snow 006, photo by northern_latitudes. Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’re waking up relatively unharmed and eager to dive into 2010. In no particular order, I’m hoping for snow, sun, a lot of trips to Michigan’s parks, more time on my bike, a championship by the Pistons, Tigers, Red Wings or (hold … Continue reading Hello 2010!