Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Long-Tailed Ducks

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

During our weekend away to Ocean City, Maryland we drove down the coastal highway to the Indian River inlet in Delaware. Hubby was interested in the big waves caused by a storm out in the Atlantic and I was looking for the birds any kind duck or pelagic bird.


The Long-tailed ducks were bobbing up and down with the wave action at the Indian River inlet.


A good view of the tail on the male Long-tailed duck. They are one of the prettier ducks I have seen. The adult male has a white head, tan face and a brown neck patch. The body is white with dark wings.


For some reason these Long-tailed duck especially like being at this inlet.

The waves on the other side of the inlet looked pretty rough. Hard to believe there were some surfers enjoying these big waves.

In flight they have dark underwings on both the male and female. I hope you enjoyed my Long-tailed ducks.

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 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

52 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

so cool! they almost don't look real. :)

Karen said...

Great shots, surfers love big rough waves.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!Wow!!So big waves!!Wonderful pictures!!Great shots!!Hope you have a lovely day!
Dimi..

Debbie said...

looks like everyone went home happy!!

gorgeous blues, so happy you had a nice weekend!!

HansHB said...

Great serie of photos!
Nice to study your post!

HansHB said...

So nice to see your post. Perfect post for WBW!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

love the wave shot. so cool. ( :

HansHB said...

Great post for the theme!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Impressive! This is what I love about WBW, seeing birds from all over the world. I never even heard of a long-tailed duck. Such pretty and interesting ducks. Nice wave action, too. Wow. :)

NatureFootstep said...

this is such a beautiful duck. I really hope I will be able to see a few when they are passing my area on their way north. Thanks for sharing.

Wally Jones said...

Great shots of these pretty ducks!
That's some serious surf!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those are beautiful ducks; I'd never even heard of them! It looks like you and your husband both got your wishes in visiting this place...those are some big waves.

Montanagirl said...

Great shots! I really liked your Long-tailed Duck photos.

caite said...

pretty ducks...and crazy surfers

Carole M. said...

I DID enjoy the long-tailed ducks; haven't seen them before on anyone's blog Eileen; you did well spotting them out there. The surfers love the challenge of the rough seas don't they?

Karen said...

So many ducks! And that wave...wow!!

Leora said...

I love seeing the rough waves. The birds are so playful!

grammie g said...

Hi Eileen...Lovely ducks with that long tail, bobbing in the surf!!
And those waves a beauties!!
Great post and photos!!
Grace
PS Love the Red winged Blackbird photo in your snow day post!!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the water birds.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

great shots! Must have been cold with that wind on the water. Never have see the long tailed ducks. Fun day!! Hope you didn't get sunburned!!

Lynne said...

The waves look huge! Makes for a rocky swim for the ducks!

SandyCarlson said...

Your fine photos have me wondering how the birds manage to survive that water!

Kusum Sanu said...

Lovely ocean-bird-scapes!

Flat Creek Farm said...

I certainly enjoyed the Long-tailed ducks.. just beautiful! I have been introduced to so many different ducks over the past week.. these were new to me also and some of the prettiest ever! :) -Tammy

Carletta said...

They are very pretty ducks!
What a lazy day it would be to just bob up and down on the waves. :)
That wave shot is awesome Eileen!
I just keeping looking at that - love it!

Betsy Adams said...

Looks like you had a good trip to Ocean City. What a fabulous group of ducks... Thanks for posting.
Hugs,
Betsy

Carol said...

Looks like you both got what you wanted to see :) Great shot. The surf looks perfect for adventurous surfers, and the I love the shot of the ducks, bobbing around in the ocean. Thanks for the visit, Eileen :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The photo where you can see the long tail is great! So is that big wave.

mick said...

Great photos of the ducks - and the big waves too!

Maria said...

This is the first time I see this type of duck. And the waves dramatise the photos!

diane b said...

The sea sure looks rough and the inlet a bit churnred up too. They are interesting ducks. Quite different.

Hanne Bente said...

Great image series showing :)

Brian King said...

I've never seen those ducks before. They're quite beautiful! Great shot of the big waves!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful, they are splendid aren't they?

Richard Pegler said...

By our standards, that's a very large gathering of Long-tailed Ducks. They're always a pleasure to see. Super photos!

Rajesh said...

Lovely ducks, they are having great time.

George said...

You did a marvelous job of capturing both the ducks and the waves. Your photos are excellent.

Pam ;) said...

Great captures of the Long tailed ducks Eileen. Its a wonder they did get sea sick with those big waves.

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

i stora drag said...

Oh, yes they were quite goodlooking ducks I think! What angry sea with such big waves!
Greetings Pia

DeniseinVA said...

Hi Eileen, fantastic photos of the birds and the waves. Have a great day!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Fantastic photos of the Sea and the birds. My favourite is youf fourth shot. Gorgeous !

Our Neck of the Woods said...

How neat! I've never seen this type of duck before. The name is fitting - they do have long tails! Haha :)

Julie G. said...

Long-tailed Ducks are certainly stunning birds and you captured them so beautifully! Wow, those are some huge waves. Awesome photographs, Eileen!

Rambling Woods said...

Really surfers out in that? wow.. I have never seen these ducks, but I do love waterfowl.. thank you for linking into Nature Notes Eileen.. Michelle

Icy BC said...

Wow..they looks so different and adorable riding the waves..

Jori said...

Beautiful! They look like penguins!

Black Jack's Carol said...

They are one of the prettier ducks I've seen as well. I don't think we have them here in the west. At least I've never seen one so I found your post most interesting.

Esther Joy said...

Your long tailed duck photos were beautiful! I can't say I've ever seen a duck with a long tail!

Stewart M said...

These are great birds - its been a long time since I have seen any!

They were a bird I saw in winter in the North Sea.

Cheers and thinks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos. I saw long tailed ducks for the first time recently, they're so beautiful!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I always find it so amazing, and such fun to see birds here in the USA, that we here in KY never get to see, and yet they are right here, somewhere, nearby;') At last a couple of states away, and the Long-tailed Ducks, how cool is that!

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