Monday, January 20, 2014

Long-tailed Ducks



I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

January 21, 2014

I am sharing more of the Long-tailed ducks that we saw on the Jersey shore last week. They are one of my favorite ducks. They are found wintering on the Atlantic coast and they breed in the northernmost Canada and Alaskan tundra. 


The male has a white head and a tan face with a white body. The female has dark brown crown with a white cheek patch.



These cute long-tailed ducks are close behind my all time favorite Black-bellied Whistling ducks for their adorable faces.


I cropped a few of these photos. It was hard keeping the camera still on this cold and blustery day at the beach.


I hope you enjoyed my Long-tailed ducks. Thanks for stopping by my post and for all the nice comments.

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.  Thanks to our host Michelle our host Stewart.  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!


54 comments:

Carole M. said...

they're a very pretty duck; not sure I've seen them before

diane b said...

The lady looks like she is wearing a hat, very fashionable. They don't look like they have long tails?

Carver said...

Great shots of the long tailed ducks.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

They are beautiful!! That looks like some frigid water that they are swimming in!

Rebecca said...

Great shots of the Long-tailed ducks. Thank goodness the cold doesn't affect them like it does us! :)

Lynne said...

Do you think the hurricane has affected the bird animal population at the shore? I always love seeing your photos and today seeing the water made me think of the many birds, ducks, animals that must have been affected. Their habitat alone must have been destroyed.

A Quiet Corner said...

Never saw one of these, so thanks for the lesson!...:)JP

Montanagirl said...

Nice photos, Eileen! I don't believe I've ever seen a long-tailed duck before.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Recently, like within the last week or so, we've had them reported in our bays also, but I haven't seen 'em. NOW, thanks to you, I know just what to look for. Excellent images as always Eileen...that water, by the way, looks mighty cold!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of this Long-tailed Ducks.
Last picture is my favorite.
Very well photographed, Eileen.

DeniseinVA said...

You did great with your photos Eileen. Such interesting markings, another duck you have introduced me to. Thank you! :)

TexWisGirl said...

i'm giving the whistlers notice that they have some STIFF competition! :) and i agree. they are sweet ducks!

Linda W. said...

Cute ducks!

Gail Dixon said...

Lucky you! to see and photograph these beautiful ducks. This was one that I'd hoped to see a couple of weekends ago that other birders reported, but I never found it.

Karen said...

I love ducks! I have never seen these, they're cute!

Mae said...

Great pictures. I miss being on the coast.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This is a first-time bird for me even virtually. Have never heard of a long-tail duck... what a neat duck they are...

Brave birder to be out when it is so cold!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I'd never seen these before - they are wonderful. Great photos.

Dave said...

A lovely Duck species. I have just seen my first UK one .... happy days

Steve Borichevsky said...

We get them up here too! I love them. We had one on Gloucester Harbor that my wife called "the Billy Idol duck".

Carletta said...

I was thinking it must have been a blustery day. The water looks pretty choppy.
Cute captures of these sweet looking ducks!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

They are so cute! Very unique looking. You got some good shots!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!!!Such beautiful ducks!!Great shots!!!Nice captures!!
Wish you a happy new week!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant images Eileen.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I can certainly see why these Long-tailed ducks are favorites of yours. Gorgeous! Very similar in looks to the Buffleheads and also a bit to the Pintails. Have a super good day tomorrow!

Gordon said...

Those Long-tails are amazing I've never seen that many in one place, we only get the odd one in winter.
All the best Gordon.

HansHB said...

A beautiful contribution to WBW!

Giga said...

Te kaczki mają ciekawe upierzenie, są śliczne. Pozdrawiam.
These ducks have interesting plumage, are beautiful. Yours.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely shots of the ducks. Have a great day!

KL said...

Awww..they really look cute :-). It seems like they have put those powder that women put on their face to make their cheeks look rosy (huh! I am also a woman, but don't know what that make up is called as I have never used make up!!). Ducks in ocean! it seems difficult to imagine as I always think that they are creatures of ponds and lakes. I like your shots as their faces are perfectly clear.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, one of my favourite ducks too,

Ailime said...

Hello Eileen, it's for me a great pleasure to receive your visit!I have loved so much your beautiful photos.
When I visit you I remember always my dear son who is in Toronto!
Hugs Ailime (Emília)
(Excuse me for my bad english)

Rambling Woods said...

I would love to be able to see more waterfowl..Love these guys.. Stay warm as it is bitter here again..Michelle

bettyl-NZ said...

They are just adorable and new to me.

NatureFootstep said...

they are such charming birds. I was sad because I did not see any last year. I hope I will this coming season. Thanks forsharing.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I so love your photos.

Pat said...

REally cute ducks. That water looks kind of rough.

thewovenspoke said...

Neat ducks

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful photos of the Long-tailed Ducks...

Hope you are staying WARM.
Hugs,
Betsy

Debbie said...

oohhhh they are so sweet?? Did you see them in Barnegat?? I don't think I have ever seen these before!!

Sandy Carlson said...

Very beautiful birds! I love your blog and the breath of fresh air it brings!

Brian King said...

I've never seen these in person, but they're handsome ducks!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
LOVELY ducks in the winter sea, especially their cuteness in your wonderful pictures impressed me a lot♡♡♡
Worth your bearing the coldness, my friend!!!

Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Helma said...

What a beautiful and special ducks Eileen.
Especially in the larger they are very nice to see.
Greetings, Helma

EG CameraGirl said...

I love seeing these ducks! I hope to see some this weekend if the weather cooperates.

katerchen said...

die Enten sehen lustig aus Eileen.
die kannte ich nicht

LG vom katerchen

Mary Hill said...

Wow, really pretty. I didn't have to put up with supper cold winds here in the South to get my birding shot this week. You are one tough cookie. :)

George said...

The faces of these ducks are indeed adorable. You did a great job of getting good pictures on such a cold day.

Les Fous du Cap said...

Some of this species are also visible in our ports in winter only;-)
Céline & Philippe

Łucja-Maria said...

Hello!
Lovely pictures. Fantastic post!
I love to look at the ducks. They are so beautiful.
Greetings.

Joe Todd said...

I would say you are having a great time and you have "all your ducks in a row"

Jocee said...

Great shots, but wow it looks cold! Hope you thawed out fast after your day at the beach.

Mary said...

A gorgeous series of photos! Wonderful!

Wally Jones said...

Wonderful photographs! I am so jealous, as this would be a life bird for me.

Nicely done, Eileen!

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