Ruddy Duck

February 2016 – Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

I see these from time to time, but they almost always seem to be sleeping the day away far in the middle of the water. This one is a bit drab with Winter coloring, but not too bad…

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck

Harlequin Duck

┬áMay 2014 – Pistol River, Oregon

These Harlequin Ducks were hanging out near the tidepools at Pistol River.

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck

July 2012 – Olympic National Park

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck

This is a female Harlequin Duck – flapping its wings as part of a preening process on a rock in the Quinault River in Olympic National Park. These ducks nest along tumbling mountain rapids, and spend their winters out to sea.

Long-tailed Duck

September 2014 – near Seward, Alaska

Once┬ácalled Oldsquaw, these diving ducks often sport a long tail… though, this one looked a bit shabby… getting ready for a long winter.

Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

Green-winged Teal

March 2013 – Sauvie Island, Oregon

Not the best photo, but my time with this pair was fleeting… they only appeared for a few moments among a number of other species.

Northern Pintail

Pintail

Pintail

March 2013 – Sauvie Island, Oregon

Ok, not the greatest shot of a Northern Pintail, but it’s a start… about a dozen of them were over on the lake at Wapato access area.

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Ducks

Ring-necked Ducks

April 2013 – Sauvie Island, Oregon

Caught in the act… Gosh this doesn’t look too comfortable for the female, but I guess it works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

March 2013 – Sauvie Island, Oregon

Another pair… slightly closer, slightly better photo… different location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

April 2013 – Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

This pair of Ring-necked Ducks saw me from a 100 yards away, and were taking no chances… quickly swimming away…

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

October 2012 – Fern Hill – Forest Grove, Oregon

This female Norther Shoveler only paused for a second before resuming her relentless search for morsels on the water’s surface. Those big flat bills are handy tools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

A small group of males spent a good deal of time preening their feathers. After the preening, they flapped around a bit, getting all their feathers back into place.