Mallard Duck

There were two ducklings looking for breakfast under the watch of their mom. I had to wait for a clear picture of them, for a while thy worked among the grass. Once they came to the open, the light was right and the colours even better for picture taking.

Until next moment,

Amar

Mallard Ducks

The female Mallard waits for her mate to cross the tracks, who pauses long enough for me to grab few pictures. Not sure what brought them to the track, grain or simply they were going from one pool of the water to another.

Until next moment,

Amar

Fly By

Today the annual Christmas Bird Count took place, as it does throughout North America and parts of South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific Island. The team I was part of, was counting the birds along the Vermilion Lakes and Fenland Trail, just outside of town of Banff. The temperature was above normal, but the wind was howling. Bird count started slow, but before long we came across Mallards and Green winged Teals, soon followed by a single female Common Goldeneye. Before a small break we saw several Pine Siskins. Ravens were spotted through out the day, as were Mountain and Black capped Chickadees. Few other spices were encountered before we hit lunch. Afterward we're lucky enough to see a Merlin top of a tree with a Bald Eagle flying over. Toward the end we came across Pine Grosbeaks and a single Northern Shrike. Then it was time to go home and change and head over to join other participants for dinner, add up the totals form the day and share few laughs.

Until next moment,

Amar

Mallard and the Family

I went for a walk along the Vermilion Lakes, hoping to see and get pictures of birds. Was thinking I might come across birds that have started migrating or those who spend their summer in the mountains. But was surprised to come across a female Mallard with six ducklings, they looked a week old if that. One optimistic female, hoping to start a family so late. I watched them all as they were making their way from one lake to another. Catching several pictures, but my favorite was when the female and four of the ducklings grooming themselves on top of a log.

Until next moment,

Amar

Mallards

I was walking along the river taking pictures of water fowls. Certain birds I come across will move away but some will take to air. For example I have been near mallards, within meters, they just go about their business. Then they are times I'm 40 to 50 meters away and they take to air as soon as they spot me. That's what happened with the attached picture, I was walking along the river when I spotted the three Mallard Ducks. I was talking their picture when they started to fly. Luckily I was able to get the attached picture, the female seems to be smiling as catching air.

Until next moment,

Amar

Mallard Ducks

Came across 6 Mallard Ducks, decided to stop and see if I would be able to get an interesting pictures. The sunlight was on the wrong side, opposite side of me. But snow and ice helped reflect the light on the shaded side of the ducks. The ducks were content and felt safe to go about their business on the far side of the pool of water. I waited, took pictures, waited and took more pictures until I got a keeper. They seem to form a line as they were heading back into the water, alternating between female and male. Cropped the image to keep the focus just on the ducks.

Until next moment,

Amar