daffy ducks

We stopped at Eckman Lake in Waldport to watch the ducks… mostly Buffleheads at first.

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A male Bufflehead in flight,

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Followed by the female taking off down the runway.

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A Great Blue Heron takes to the air with its massive wing spread

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then drops for a landing.

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The male Buffy with a retinue of three females (or perhaps the two in front could be juveniles).

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“duuh… where did he go?”

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Finally, a feeding frenzy of Wigeons (mostly) and a few Gadwalls of the dabbling duck family…

All along the backwater,
Through the rushes tall,
Ducks are a-dabbling,
Up tails all!

Ducks’ tails, drakes’ tails,
Yellow feet a-quiver,
Yellow bills all out of sight
Busy in the river!  
― Kenneth Grahame

 

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11 thoughts on “daffy ducks

  1. Loved this frolic of the buffleheads and wigeons in the neighborhood, Gunta. We are so lucky on the west coast to witness the joys of the winter migration, thank you for bringing it to us in all its glory here.

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    • We seem to be seeing a lot of buffies on our creek. You can imagine what a thrill that is! Best move I ever made was to the West Coast, not to mention this last one that planted me within two miles of the ocean (as the crow flies). Driving, it’s more like three…

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    • Yes indeed, the buffies are so much fun to watch and shoot! We learned from the previous trip not to rush it and crowd too many things into it. It’s a lot better if we leave time to relax and have some fun. Stopping to enjoy some favorite restaurants along the way is a must. Our choices here along the coast are rather limited!

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    • We see quite a lot of them around here, though perhaps only in the winter. They are such fun to watch! Wishing you and Wild Thing a very happy holiday season and a lovely new year!

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