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
Closer View Of Ducks in Open Area of Icy Pond
Band of Ducks Huddled Together 1 Stretching Wings
More Ducks Flying In to Join Those Sheltering on the Open water
Closer View of Ducks By Icy Edge of Pond
Ducks Resting By Ice Edge
Ring-necked Ducks Huddled By Mallard Duck in Icy Water
Group of Mallard Ducks Some Resting on Ice or Edge of Ice Some on the Water
2 Ducks bottoms Up Feeding 4 Ducks Head Tucked in Resting on Water
Close Up of Duck Quacking As It Swims
Mallards, Ring-necked Ducks and Possibly Golden-eye Duck on Icy Water
Closer Look at Possible Barrow's Golden-eye Duck and Others Huddled in the Water
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
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
Here is a splash from a duck taking off from the water...
Close Up of Duck Taking Off From Water
Duck in Flight Over Others Swimming in Icy Water
And look at the funny stretch this duck is doing...
Duck Doing Funny Stretch While Others Are Resting on the Water
Another Duck Stretching
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
Close Up Juvenile Swan Among Ring-necked Ducks
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
This is my Amazing Nature Contest October 2020 - #04 entry. See details here
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The photos were taken with my Canon PowerShot SX60 HS.