Sunday, February 13, 2011

Just ducky

First, I want to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine's Day!


This weekend hubby and I visited the Barnegat lighthouse and state park to see the ducks. Winter is the time to really see some great ducks like the Harlequin and the Long tailed Ducks.

Long Tailed Ducks...the male has a white head with a brown neck patch and dark wings. They breed in the northernmost Canadaian and Alaskan tundra. It is great that some spend the winters on the Atlantic coast.






Harlequin Ducks....the male has white stripes on head and chest and a white spot at ear. They also breed in northeastern Canada and the Pacific northwest and winter around rocky areas on the coast.





Barneget Lighthouse


I am link up my Just Ducky post with Mosaic Monday   and That's My World  Click on the links to visit these fun memes.

34 comments:

rainfield61 said...

Do these ducks celebrate Valentine's Day?

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I used to live in NJ and have visited Barnegat Lighthouse several times. I would love to go back one day!

I don't believe I've ever seen a long tailed ducks. They are very pretty ducks.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Oh .. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Coy said...

Such beautiful ducks Eileen! I have never observed the Harlequins but the occasional long-tailed does happen by my area and i have seen them in winter on the Chesapeake. I certainly was nice to get a break from the cold temps this afternoon!

Mary said...

Omigosh, Eileen, they are beautiful! I have never seen this sort of duck -- we basically just see mallards here... so thank you for these amazing captures!

Happy Valentine's Day!

sueskitchen said...

Yay for the Jersey Shore...and that there was no snow in those pictures!! Looks like we are going to have a nice and warmer week! Happy Valentines Day

Carol said...

Great pictures! Those ducks look like they're having fun in the water!

Happy Valentine's Day!

John said...

Nice shots of the ducks! Barnegat Light is one of my favorite birding spots.

A Garden of Threads said...

Great photos, Eileen. I love the long-tailed ducks.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love the ducks...and the lighthouse is fabulous! When I saw your banner, I knew I would feel right at home here! AMAZING! ♥♥♥

Jeri ~ said...

Great mosaics - I LOVE lighthouses and the ducks are very cute indeed :-) Happy Valentines Day!!

GrandmaK said...

My goodness, they are indeed beautiful ducks...I have never seen them before! What a treat! Happy Valentine's Day to you too! Cathy

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

They seem to be having a great time out in the water. Lovey mosaic.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Both of these ducks are beautifully colored and patterned.I am still hoping to get to see them in my area.I have heard reports of them being around,so I have a chance.
Ruth

Pondside said...

I love shots of lighthouses - we have one near here too. Great duck photos!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The ducks are so interesting..I don't think I've ever seen these types before. I LOVE lighthouse and your header photo and the mosaic is so pretty!
♥ Happy Mosaic Monday and Happy Valentine's Day!♥

EG Wow said...

Love the long-taild ducks. A few weeks ago I saw them for my very first time and was thrilled!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

May I just climb into your header, please!!! That is a gorgeous photo!!!
I've never seen this type of duck...
Have another beautiful week!!!

Maggie said...

Hi Eileen,
In the midst of all the Valentine reds, your blue watery mosaics are a breath of fresh air.
Just ducky!

Kerri said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Great ducks!!

Traci said...

Beautiful coloring on those ducks - makes for a wonderful mosaic!

Hilke Breder said...

Eileen, I am so envious! The long-tailed duck, that's one duck I would love to see! Nice post.
Happy Valentine's Day!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Oooo Aaah! I am jealous! What great photographs and such pretty ducks. I have never seen these species of duck before. Excellent! Have a very happy Valentine's Day!

Southerncook said...

Just gorgeous mosaics.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Mama Zen said...

Nice shots. I've never seen ducks like those before.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sylvia K said...

First of all, your header shot is awesome! I love the beach shots and, of course, all the lovely ducks!! And lighthouses are among my favorite places to visit. This one is beautiful! What a fun weekend and thanks for taking us along! Have a wonderful week, Eileen! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Amin said...

Hello!
Very beautiful photos!
I have not seen before so like ducks!

Autumn Belle said...

Beautiful scenic shots here. Love to see those ducks, swimming happily and frolicking like one big happy family. Happy Valentine's Day!

Carver said...

What a beautiful spot to visit. Great shots of the water birds and light house. Happy Valentine's Day.

lotusleaf said...

Great pictures! The ducks seem to be in the mood for some romance too.

Barbara Selkirk said...

Fabulous photographs Eileen - thanks so much for sharing... love the lighthouse, but I think the Harelquin ducks are among my favourite - your images are just wonderful... and Happy Valentine's day to you and yours.

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh yes, totally ducky, Eileen. I love it!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. The birds are lovely.

anthony-samson said...

beautiful photo, Happy Valentine's Day

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