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Elegance

February 11, 2024 - In the midst of winter's icy grip on our small inland lake, the usually serene lake becomes more of a competitive battle...
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Double Pleasure

February 02, 2024 - These two female Merganser ducks truly showed off their fishing skills with both ducks coming up with a fish. Their fea...
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Good Fishing

January 31, 2024 - Merganser ducks are very skilled divers. They dive underwater to search for food which consists primarily of fish and aq...
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Nomadic Nature

January 29, 2024 - Female Hooded Merganser Ducks are noted for their striking appearance with a distinctive elegant hood on their heads. M...
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Pen and Cob

January 22, 2024 - During the migratory period when all the ducks show up, the swans seem to accept the temporary intrusion on "their" lake...
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The Hen

January 17, 2024 - In comparison to the easily recognizable "green headed" male mallard, the female has a more mottled brown appearance. Sh...
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Aix Sponsa

January 15, 2024 - Wood Ducks are known for their vibrant plumage and somewhat unique behavior. One of the most striking features of the wo...
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Dipping

January 12, 2024 - The ducks' migration has begun in earnest. It is a well-orchestrated feat ingrained in the ducks' instincts. Michigan i...
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Mergus Merganser

January 08, 2024 - The adult female common merganser is recognizable by her chestnut head which are clearly demarcated from her gray feathe...
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Ring-Necked

January 05, 2024 - If you are like me, I want to call this duck "Ring Billed" because of the obvious white ring on its bill. Fooled me too!...
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Drying Off

January 01, 2024 - Mallards really are fascinating ducks. The male mallard seen here is called a drake. The males have more vibrant colors...
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The Migration

December 27, 2023 - As fall descends on Southeast Michigan, the skies come alive with the calls of ducks embarking on their annual migration...
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The Couple

December 20, 2023 - As part of this year's annual migration a higher than normal number of merganser ducks joined the other breeds visiting...
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Few of Many

December 15, 2023 - In between t the clouds and the snow showers, the sun broke out briefly and various groups of mallards were actively fee...
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Diving Ducks

March 06, 2023 - The lesser scaup is a small North American diving duck also known as the little broadbill or bluebill. These are small...
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All Aglow

May 13, 2022 - This male mallard took advantage of some brief sunshine to capture the light and show off his beautiful colors.
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Breeding Season

May 05, 2022 - In terms of weather, April has been more like March with gray skies, snowy days, lots of wind and freezing temps at nigh...
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Splish Splash

May 04, 2022 - One day recently a flock of Ring-necked ducks suddenly appeared at the far end of our lake. They all were in breeding pl...
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Exploring New Waters

April 29, 2022 - This is a breeding Ring necked duck. They returned en masse a few days ago, stayed for a few days and disappeared as qui...
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"Mergie" Female

November 29, 2021 - More formally known as a female Hooded Merganser, this small member of the merganser species is very adept at diving and...
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"Mergie" Male

November 26, 2021 - More formally known as the Hooded Merganser or officially as the Lophodytes cucullatus. It is the smallest of the mergan...
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Whistling Duck

October 18, 2021 - This Black Bellied Whistling Duck can be recognized by its brilliant pink bill and an unusual, long-legged silhouette....
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Curiosity

January 12, 2021 - After several days of rain, the lake has reached the highest level I've seen since moving here. It reached within a few...
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Catch My Drift

June 17, 2020 - This female mallard appeared to be having a good time all by herself just bouncing and drifting on the choppy water.
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