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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:03 PM

Snapped these pics of mergansers (and a couple mallards too) behind the house today




















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Reply Snapped these pics of mergansers (and a couple mallards too) behind the house today (Original post)
tk2kewl Jan 2013 OP
longship Jan 2013 #1
tk2kewl Jan 2013 #4
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #19
Robb Jan 2013 #2
tk2kewl Jan 2013 #3
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #5
tk2kewl Jan 2013 #8
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #13
DakotaLady Jan 2013 #6
tk2kewl Jan 2013 #9
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #14
lillypaddle Jan 2013 #7
tk2kewl Jan 2013 #11
lillypaddle Jan 2013 #21
tk2kewl Jan 2013 #23
IDemo Jan 2013 #10
tk2kewl Jan 2013 #16
lotsofsnowplease Jan 2013 #12
sakabatou Jan 2013 #15
tk2kewl Jan 2013 #17
sakabatou Jan 2013 #18
ErikJ Jan 2013 #20
cali Jan 2013 #22

Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:07 PM

1. Happy to R&K a happy thread. ;) nt

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:10 PM

4. thanks

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Response to longship (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 06:38 PM

19. me too! Love animal and happy threads

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:08 PM

2. Nice!

Not to try to tell you your business, but I think yer dinghy is sinkin'.

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Response to Robb (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:10 PM

3. not mine...

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:14 PM

5. How lucky you are...Hooded Mergansers pair and a Green winged Teal drake.

Wish I could observe them in my back yard. I've only had Mallards and Canada geese.
A Mallard had 13 babies and I got to watch them learn new skills and grow up and a couple die. Then one day they swam down the stream and never returned.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:31 PM

8. Green winged Teal drake...

i thought it was one of the female mergansers (color blind). cool.

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:41 PM

13. There are a pair of teals...much shorter in length than Mergansers.

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:17 PM

6. Always enjoy ...

... when DU's share photos with us. Thank you ...

Was a 'birder' for years.

Yesterday I watched here on DU for many minutes a live video cam of a hummingbird thinking about leaving the nest.

It helps me to not think about the many awful/sad things going on.

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Response to DakotaLady (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:33 PM

9. I hear you DakotaLady...

I was glad to see them and happy to share. I didn't work today so I got the opportunity to see them and it brightened my day too.

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Response to DakotaLady (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:52 PM

14. Did you watch the Decorah Eaglets grow up on live TV last year.

They don't know yet if we'll see them this year. They're building a new nest and don't know which one they will use this year...no camera on the new nest so we're all hoping they will use the old nest one more time...got fingers crossed...should know in a couple weeks when the mom lays her eggs. Check it out on Facebook.

I watched the Humming bird video too.

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:20 PM

7. Damn

That's some nifty backyard ya got! Great pics!

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:36 PM

11. wasn't so nifty a couple of month ago...

but things are looking up for us. Unfortunately though, quite a few houses in the hood are still uninhabited and some are uninhabitable.

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:32 AM

21. So sorry to hear that

but I'm glad, at least, things are looking up. Hang in there.

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #21)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:37 AM

23. thanks

i hate to complain... you are right i have a great back yard... especially in the summer when it extends to the bay and ocean

but during Sandy the water was over the tops of the fences in the pics... about 9 feet above mean high tide... pics are close to low tide

bring on the good weather

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:34 PM

10. You live in a watercolor?

Nice!

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Response to IDemo (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 06:02 PM

16. and i actually got a chance to enjoy it for a change

it was a good day

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:40 PM

12. Quack

 

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:54 PM

15. Very nice

Just a lil advice: if you do want to take a picture of a bird flying off, try a higher shutter speed. The only down-side is you need more light.

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 06:05 PM

17. thanks

camera was on full auto and that's what i got... My wife is the photog in the family

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 06:36 PM

18. I took a class in it

Learned how to take good pics. I need to get a new, digital camera, since my old one took only film.

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 07:54 PM

20. Hummingbird perched outside my window today

to get out of the downpour. I have a clothesline under my back patio roof and I look out and there he was perched on it. Preening his feathers and sharrpening his long skinny beak on the clothesline. Very cute. He looked like he was in a trance part of the time, maybe trying to get his bearings as he moved his head from side to side.

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 05:35 AM

22. I like duckies!

Have ever since reading (or rather having it read to me) Make Way for Ducklings.

Thanks for posting.

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