Saturday, October 04, 2008

Geese and Teal

Changes in weather are often noted and remarked upon and the recent rains that we have had in our area are certainly an obvious deterrent and interruption and maybe even a reason for changing plans for the day, but for nature's multitude of creatures it can be a major factor in their daily pursuit of survival. I noticed yesterday many newly sprung field ponds in an area where all summer I have seen bundles of hay being harvested; the field ponds being seen are usually a feature of spring rather than being seen in early October. However, it was an exciting thing to find for immed- iately I could see Canada Geese off in the distance edging these temporary ponds and closer to me a few ducks were swimming around. At first I had thought the ducks were just a group of Black Ducks, but their bodies did seem to be a bit lighter in colour, and so following my self imposed rule to, " always take a picture" to examine closer at home on my computer screen, I did so and am glad that I did.I had found a small group of Green-winged Teal. How nice!

11 comments:

Mary said...

You must be having a great deal of rain! I wish some would filter down here and fill our ponds. That Green-winged Teal is beautiful. I love the last shot with it's wings up to show the bars! Too bad you can't count these on your bird count :-) Maybe they'll fly over.

Deborah Godin said...

Boy, was she ever cooperating, showing off her colors for an ID. Wish they'd all do that!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great shots! I'll be glad when we get some rain. I like taking pics at the lake when it's cloudy. Would love to get some when it's raining.

bobbie said...

Just look at that last picture! What a great shot!

scienceguy288 said...

Nice shot of the Teal stretching his wings. I love the patch of color.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I especially like the first picture, it shows the fall colors as well as the geese.Good idea to always take a picture for future i.d.

Geraldine said...

That is one gorgeous bird! Great photo capture. G

Ruth said...

I saw Blue-winged teals today but have never seen a Green-winged teal. Great shot. They do look so ordinary from a distance.

Becky and Gary said...

That green on those wings is beautiful. I thought they were Mallards at first.
Our tree colors aren't as striking as yours yet.

kjpweb said...

Autumn in perfection and great duckshots! Wonderful!
Cheers, Klaus

Rambling Woods said...

Lucky catch..I have never seen one. Beautiful coloring...