Icy Photos of Migratory Ducks on the Pond...

in Amazing Nature28 days ago

I thought my visit to the pond to see the migratory birds in the previous week, would be my last for the ice was starting to form. To my surprise, when I went out to the pond this week the ducks had managed to keep a patch of the pond open from the ice and continued feeding and resting in that area.

The difference from last week to this showed much busier ducks with a lot keeping moving. Even the ones that were huddled together would keep one foot paddling to keep the water open. There were no geese this time around for they do not have that ability ducks have to keep one foot paddling while they sleep.

Come have a look at this busy, icy scene from the pond...

Icy Scene of Partially Frozen Duck Pond

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Closer View Of Ducks in Open Area of Icy Pond

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Band of Ducks Huddled Together 1 Stretching Wings

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More Ducks Flying In to Join Those Sheltering on the Open water

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Closer View of Ducks By Icy Edge of Pond

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Ducks Resting By Ice Edge

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Ring-necked Ducks Huddled By Mallard Duck in Icy Water

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Group of Mallard Ducks Some Resting on Ice or Edge of Ice Some on the Water

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2 Ducks bottoms Up Feeding 4 Ducks Head Tucked in Resting on Water

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Close Up of Duck Quacking As It Swims

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Mallards, Ring-necked Ducks and Possibly Golden-eye Duck on Icy Water

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Closer Look at Possible Barrow's Golden-eye Duck and Others Huddled in the Water

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I'm not to sure what this next duck I'll be showing you was up to, looked to me like he was just having fun splashing in the water.

Series of shots of Duck Splashing in Water

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Here was another duck making a splash but this time it was because they were diving under the water.

Splash of Duck Starting to Dive Under Water While Other Duck Just Popped Up to Surface of Water From Diving

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Here is a splash from a duck taking off from the water...

Close Up of Duck Taking Off From Water

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Duck in Flight Over Others Swimming in Icy Water

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And look at the funny stretch this duck is doing...

Duck Doing Funny Stretch While Others Are Resting on the Water

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Another Duck Stretching

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I thought it was just ducks on the pond but I did find this fellow swimming among the ducks which I believe to be a juvenile swan. It was the only one. I sure hope it sticks with the ducks when they leave the pond and head south for the winter.

Juvenile Swan Swimming With ducks

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Close Up Juvenile Swan Among Ring-necked Ducks

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And the last photo I'll share with you is how the ducks were when I left - all huddled together by the ice's edge.

Large Band of Ducks Huddled Together at the Edge of the Ice in the Open Water

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Bird images are for the #FeatheredFriends community hosted by @melinda010100


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Do these ducks or stay through the winter? First time you have posted a swan by what I recall, nice sign of variety that arrive.

Pond is full of life considering start to winter months with some still looking quite young.

No the ducks go South for the winter. Most have already left already but these flocks have managed to keep the water open for a bit longer but they too will have to head south or they will get frozen into the lake - November temperatures can get very cold.
That was the first swan I saw this year. It was a juvenile and the only swan there. I hope he meets up with his flock to go South for he can't survive here in the winter.

There must be some food to keep them lingering, hope that swan and all the ducks start making their move soon before the extreme cold hits.

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