Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Water Fowl, February 17-18, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, and Water World Wednesday

ABC Wednesday
F is for feathers.
There are two basic types of feathers. Down Feathers are underneath the outer Vaned Feathers.  Feathers insulate birds from water and cold temperatures.  Wing and tail feathers control flight.  Down feathers may be plucked by female birds to line their nests.
Last Saturday was so sunny and mild, this Muscovy Duck (semi-tame) decided it was a good day for a bath.
I watched it for about five minutes as it splashed and preened.

Afterwards it came on shore to dry its feathers.  You will notice there are a lot of down feathers on the ground.
Wild Bird Wednesday
Mallard, the most common duck in the world.
Hen and Drake

Mallard ducks can be found in ponds, lakes, and marshes across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.  One source I consulted informed me that Mallards are considered to be an invasive species in New Zealand because they breed with the native New Zealand ducks.

The male is more colorful than the female, but she is very pretty with each brown feather tipped in light tan.

Mallard ducks eat a variety of water plants, worms, snails, and insects.  The female lays 8-10 pale green eggs in a nest made of grass and downy feathers hidden in marsh grass or a brush pile near the shore.  When three or four months old, the young ducks' wings are developed enough for them to begin flying.

Outdoor Wednesday and Water World Wednesday
February 14, 2015, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

The white bark of the Sycamore tree makes a nice contrast to the evergreen Pine trees behind it.  Hopefully, by mid-March the Sycamore and other deciduous trees will begin to leaf out again.

Have a beautiful day!

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28 comments:

  1. Love to watch ducks bathing, - beautiful feathers...

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  2. That last photo with the trees, water, and reflections is really beautiful. Great photos of the ducks. Mallards have a bad habit of interbreeding with the native Pacific Black Duck here in Australia also. Unfortunately the mallard genes are dominant.

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  3. I didn't know these facts about feathers! Very interesting! We have a lot of mallards too. Thanks for this post.
    Have a great week.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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  4. I have always had a fondness for the Mallards. They sometimes get overlooked. These are wonderful shots of the Muscovy!

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  5. Great post on the ducks.. I love the Muscovy ducks, they are neat. Wonderful photos, have a happy day!

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  6. Beautiful photos of the ducks !
    Gattina
    ABC Team

    http://gattina-keyholepictures.blogspot.com/

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  7. The activities of ducks fascinate me. Beautiful reflections in the water in the last photo.

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  8. The ducks are quite lovely, but the heads on the Muscovy ducks are pretty weird. Love the reflections in the last picture.

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  9. That Muscovy duck is a weird looking duck... lol

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  10. thanks for the FEATHER lesson!

    ROG, ABCW

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  11. I always wanted to know more about feathers as they are so pretty! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog.

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  12. Great photos. I haven't heard that about the New Zealand ducks, but this is a strange place as lots of things grow much faster here (pine) and common flowers become pests (morning glories), so I'm not surprised.

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  13. The Muscovy Duck has such an interesting head. - Maryg

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  14. I love any kind of duck. They are so interesting to watch. Beautiful photos!

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  15. I loved all your duck shots, they're interesting birds to watch.

    Diana

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  16. Love your shots of the ducks! They are such fascinating birds.

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  17. Nice F post! And great bird shots!

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  18. Gorgeous shots! Looks sunny too.

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  19. Gorgeous and so love the colors.

    Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday
    Kim,USA

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  20. mum used to raise this two kinds of ducks, and I was the feeder.

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  21. Beautiful photos! I did not know mallards were so universal.

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