2008/03/31

Sunday afternoon


This is not far from home, about a 20 minute walk.

When I was a kid I loved to come here and see the ducks and geese. Most of the houses you see around were not there, so walking around the area was pretty cool.



I remember a bunch of all white geese and later on a flock of all brown ducks.

Yesterday,
when we first got there, these were the only guys around. I like the different poses of the ducks.


Then I realized about that little 'patch' of bright colour feathers that these ones had on the sides/wings...


... purple...


... or blue!

Then, this guy saw me and decided it was a perfect moment to pose and wait for the-fat-girl-with-the-cam to finally!! take a picture...


... while this other one tried to keep a low profile and made me hide behind a bush to be able to get a close enough shot!


After a while, we saw this fellow... What happened to you???


By the time we had to leave, other odd looking duck-geese??? were arriving to the shore.


This is not what I remember from my childhood! Seems like someone's dad has been with the wrong mom! You know I have very little knowledge about this, so, if someone could explain or tell what these are, I would be very grateful :)


Lucky for us we had to leave, as these two didn't like to have their pics taken... 'What are YOU looking at?!!'

10 comments:

Sherry at the Zoo said...

What great pictures. You are blessed to live in such a beautiful place!

The picture of the tree below is pretty crazy!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Quack!

mon@rch said...

great walk seeing these waterfowl! Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

Antshrike said...

Hi Mel, The first ducks are a domestic Mallard, a North American bird. The one with the white cheek is White-cheeked Pintail which is native to your area. The white geese are some kind of a domestic European or Asian goose. Your black birds in the earlier post are Great-tailed Grackles, common from here in Texas to South America.

Cruzan said...

Hi Mel!

The white and grey geese are domestic "versions" of Grey Goose (Anser anser).

Regards, Olli

Mel said...

Hi there! Thanks for visiting!

Sherry, hopefully these residents won't have to move away because of the human invasion!

Dr. Monkey, quack indeed :P

Mon@rch, my garden is small, and not very bird friendly, due to the neighbours cats and the lack of trees and bushes, so, I have to go seeking for birdies elsewhere.

Thanks Dan!! I'll take notes and read more about them if I can find material.

Thank you Olli!! Although these guys look more brownish than greyish :S

RuthieJ said...

Hi Mel,
I'm very weak at waterfowl ID and even had to look up the mallard myself (one of the most common ducks seen in Minnesota). These are great pictures, by the way. I suppose the ducks and geese were waiting for you to throw some corn for them to eat??

Anonymous said...

Chéveres tus patitos Mel!
Cada uno con su personalidad...a ver si algún rato puedes tomarles unas fotos a los "supergansos" que nos persiguieron ésa vez....Abrazos/ tu sueca locaaaa

Mel said...

Lisa!!!
Mi locaaa!!! Sí, recuerdas cómo me perseguían??? jajaja
Espero verte pronto!
BESOTES!!

Mel said...

Hi Ruthie!!
They were waiting for... POP CORN!!
That's what people were throwing at them :S
It felt weird to do so..