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Widgeon Duck Male

Dear Friends, this beautiful male was photographed at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge in early May.  hope you think he is beautiful, my inspiration during these chemo days, til Tomorrow MJ

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Red Heads

Dear Friends, this pair of red headed ducks were recently found on Phantom Lake in Crex.  This image was a stretch for my telephoto lens but they had found a little calm spot on a rough day, so I took their picture.  I like the rough water beyond them proof that most of the depth of focus is behind the focus point. til Tomorrow MJ

Ring Necked Ducks

Dear Friends, these ducks are every where at Crex this time of year, they are Ring Necked Ducks due to the brownish ring around their neck, but can be spotted by the prominent ring around the bill.  This is  male duck.  The female is more drab but has she a matching ring around the bill, enjoy til TomorrowMJ

Green

Dear Friends, after my second treatment of chemo, it has taken me longer to recover my well-being, but this Green Winged Teal that I saw last spring is adding some color notes to my health outlook, til Tomorrow MJ

Ring-Necked Ducks

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Dear Friends, this lovely pair of Ring-necked ducks are motoring across a nearby pond, these ducks are common in Crex Meadows and some nest here.  You can see the ring around the male’s neck as a bronze coloring and i love the gold eye.  They also have a distinct ring around the bill and the female bill ring fades as the summer progresses. til Tomorrow MJ

Which one, Blue Wing Teal

his original reflection flip his blue reflection

Dear Friends, a slight decision problem this morning, which of these images do you like the best? This is a male blue-winged teal in a muddy hole, the top is the original colors and the bottom is a white-neutralized version, which one do you like? til Tomorrow MJ

Ring-Necked Duck Male

Dear Friends, this is a male Ring-necked duck who also has a ring around his bill in the spring. His ring around his neck is maroon on black and in the wrong light you cannot see it very well, while the ring around his bill is much more apparent, so i usually call these ducks ring bills.  hahaha, til Tomorrow MJ ring billed duck

Golden Eye

golden eye12psdDear Friends, this golden eye duck was in the Canal at Duluth Minnesota, they are diving ducks and probably are after mussels similar to the Eider.  I love the standing wave in front of him shows that he was swimming very fast and his water drip says he just came up from a dive into the waters of the canal . The water is icy so I am glad to stand on the ground, til Tomorrow MJ

Eider eider eider

eider female

Dear Friends, this Eider duck (female) is hanging out with the mallards, pintails and gulls in the shipping canal of Duluth harbor.  What is she doing here, she doesn’t eat french fries, cheetos or bread that people are throwing out on the water, she eats mussels, swallowing them whole and sitting out while her crop crushes the shells and digests the contents.  Maybe the influx of zebra mussels into Lake Superior is attracting the mussel eaters, cause the golden eyed ducks are also active at this site. til Tomorrow MJ

Pintail on Ice

pintail on ice

Dear Friends, this northern pintail duck (male) was hidden in among many mallards in the canal of Duluth on Wednesday, lots of broken ice was also floating through the canal and i made this image.  I love his detailed feathers on the side. til Tomorrow MJ

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