Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Preening Duck

I have the second of two posts scheduled over at my writing blog today, showing flood conditions, this time along the Ottawa River. Click the icon over at the upper right and check it out.

I took these in Confederation Park late last Sunday afternoon. The large fountain here had not yet been turned on, but the recent rains had given it a good deal of water. This duck was splashing around in the water when I approached, hopped onto this box (which I think shelters an underwater light), and then onto the edge of the fountain. She made for a good photo subject as she preened her feathers.


  1. Glorious captures, William! I absolutely love this beautiful series!

  2. Even if not swimming, ducks certainly enjoy being close to water. Lovely photos.

  3. Duck has a good place to stand in the first photos.

  4. Ducks are funny creatures to watch. Nice photos, William.

  5. ...and she is on a pedestal.

  6. I think she is ready for Spring and for that fountain to be turned on.

  7. @Linda: thanks!

    @Gemma: they do.

    @Orvokki: she does!

    @Marleen: thank you!

    @Tom: she is indeed.

    @Marianne: she didn't mind my being around.

    @Janey: I expect so.

  8. She probably just arrived from Florida and needed to get cleaned up before dinner. :)

  9. She enjoyed the bath and air drying her feathers. Great pictures of the duck!

  10. I always love seeing that flash of emerald green colour when they open their wings, it's an unexpected surprise ☺

  11. And now we are beautiful and can stroll along the banks. Loved it. I used to watch the ducks in the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River that flowed by our house.

  12. The duck is making friends with pigeon. I like this shot. Benches in the background look very pretty.

  13. Such cute photos! Love the one where he is walking and there is a blue bird behind him. Such a peaceful scenery :-)

  14. You got a good performance from that duck. They sometimes ignore us for a long time.

  15. Just brilliant - love these.

    All the best Jan

  16. @Lowell: she must have!

    @Nancy: it was a treat to see her.

    @Sharon: indeed!

    @Bergson: definitely.

    @Grace: the females tend to lack colour, but they are not entirely without.

    @Mari: we're getting more ducks coming back now.

    @Regine: thanks!

    @Klara: it is a wonderful park.

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Tamago: thank you.

    @Red: this one was aware of me but not troubled.

    @Jan: thanks!

  17. Hey, we've got mallards featured today (Saturday), too. We like them so much more than the geese.
    Hope you are having a great weekend and you are getting some great photos.


  18. Ha, so nice to see my local friends in your area as well!

  19. What a great model you found. The photo session went well for both the photographer and the model.

  20. She is a pretty one who didn't seem to mind you :) Great photos!

  21. Looking for her boyfriend. I think he's hanging around here.

  22. instead of king (queen) of the hill how about the rock? ( ;

  23. @Janis: I like ducks.

    @Cloudia: they're everywhere.

    @Bill: she was quite cooperative.

    @Linda: definitely.

    @Denise: I appreciated that.

    @Eve: most likely!

    @Norma: indeed.

    @Beth: good one.