Waterfowl Photography

Shorebirds & Waterfowl Photography – A list of Ducks, Egret, Cormorant, Geese, Pelicans, Gulls and more from my travels. 90% are midwestern United States birds.

This will be a running list of birds until I break down and divide the page into further categories.


My Fine Feather Friend Keeping Me Company

My Fine Feathered Friend Keeping Me Company

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After my walk today I sat on a bench around the duck pond for 15 minutes, there was a drake common merganser keeping me company.

So Elegant

Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.
Even though this duck is called the common merganser, they have an elegance about them. They are such pretty birds.

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Mama Pelican is Proud

Mama Pelican is proud

A shot from along the islands off the tip of Door County. Obtainable by boat in Death’s Door Waters.

 

Old Red Eye Night Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron Sitting Along Shore of Green Bay Waters

Two black-crowned night herons perched on an old log. White plumes on top of the head are erected in greeting and courtship displays.

 

I Guess It is Gulls Today

The gulls were pretty active within my lens range, so they got the most attention today.

The gulls were pretty active within my lens range, so they got the most attention today.

 

Well Fed

Well Fed - Our ducks are huge. They seem to be fed well over the winter. Just look at that massive body on this mallard hen compared to her head!
Our ducks are huge. They seem to be fed well over the winter. Just look at that massive body compared to her head!

In Coming 

In Coming - My little angel floating down from the heavens.

My little angel floating down from the heavens.

Quick Flyby

She zipped right past me.

 

Close Enough to Touch

 When they come to you that is a plus!

It’s a Bird Its a Plane

It is a Candian Goose in flight.

It is a Candian Goose in flight.

Green Heron in a Tree
Green Heron in Tree

On a walk along a creek, my dog kicked this Green Heron up. The heron quickly scrambled to find a safe tree. Just so happened to be that safe tree was right next to me.

Breakfast

Fishing action this morning.


Light Fog

Ducks in the thick fog
I have never personally had the pleasure of seeing the number of ducks along this stretch of shoreline before. Maybe, they have been there all along, and this was the first time I took notice?

Playing Hard to Get

Male red-breasted merganser out looking for a mate

This male red-breasted merganser was out actively searching for a mate. The female just wasn’t impressed or she wants him to work a little harder.

Mating Time

The ducks are a blast to watch while trying to impress the gals.

The ducks are a blast to watch while trying to impress the gals.




Don’t See Them Too Often

Pictured above, the Greater Scaup; two male drakes and a female hen. The males are black and white and the female is brown, with a ring on her bill.
Pictured above, the Greater Scaup; two male drakes and a female hen. The males are black and white and the female is brown, with a ring on her bill.

Mr. and Mrs. Bufflehead

Mr. and Mrs. Bufflehead even made an appearance this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Bufflehead even made an appearance this week.

Patience is Needed

Beautiful Morning
If you sit long enough the ducks will float past you. It is just a matter of how far they are out on the bay. You most certainly invest time in this hobby.

How Did I, Miss Her?

Female Gadwall

Almost too close to focus the lens on this female Gadwall cleaning her feathers in the rocks. When I turned to photograph her she ran for the water. Still close enough for me.

Walking on Water

Male Red-breasted Merganser taking to flight

This is a male Red-breasted Merganser taking to flight. I love watching them run on top of the water just before liftoff.

Down the Hatch

Down the Hatch

 The American White Pelicans are back along the bay.  They are a blast to watch fish in the shallows.

Fog Rolling In Before the Storm

Fog Rolling In Before The Storm

The pelicans and one blue heron are settling in on the rocks getting ready to weather a storm.

That Prehistoric Look
Don't cormorants have a prehistoric look to them? For some reason, I think they do.

Don’t cormorants have a prehistoric look to them? For some reason, I think they do.

Pied Bill Grebe
Pied Bill Grebe - These little ones are fun to watch dive for little fish and crayfish on the ponds and around the marshes.  They seem to like the solitary life because you never see a bunch together.  Also, I have never seen one in flight.
These little ones are fun to watch dive for little fish and crayfish on the ponds and marshes.  They seem to like the solitary life because you never see a bunch together.  Also, I have never seen one in flight.

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