Monday, May 31, 2010

Lagoon Birds

It's time to show some of Jakes' pictures.
All of the following pictures were taken at the Morden sewage lagoons.
Usually one doesn't think of beauty and sewage lagoons together,but
this is a great place to observe and photograph water and shore birds.
What is cuter than a baby duck?
A family of baby ducks.
This family of Wood Ducks is out for a swim.
The Ruddy Duck is a unique duck,to be sure.
This male was displaying his beauty to some females nearby.
Red-necked Phalaropes are busy feeding on insect life on the water.
Also feeding is this Black Tern.
Terns are very sleek looking birds and dive into the water for food.
Not exactly on the water,but nearby is this Northern Harrier.
These birds have been hard for Jake and me to capture,but on this day
this female was so busy hunting,that she did not mind jake taking her picture.
When photographing birds,one can get some strange surprises.
When this image came up on the computer we had a good laugh.
Bombs away,look out below!
Nature gives us so much beauty and then throws in a smile now and then.

33 comments:

  1. These are amazing photos, Jake. You've captured these beautiful birds so well. You're good! Thanks for sharing Ruth.

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  2. Those baby ducks are just so cute! Do Wood Ducks always have such big families? The one we saw a few weeks ago had a lot of babies, too. I love watching them swim along behind the parent :-) Great shot of the Harrier! I've never gotten a shot that close and detailed. They are wonderful birds to watch. Those phalaropes are pretty...never seen those before. Jake took some wonderful photos here! Enjoyed them all!

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  3. Wow, that is a large family of ducks! I love capturing the unexpected in pictures. These are awesome shots!

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  4. That family of wood ducks is just unbelievable! Wow - I think they are the sweetest little things and I know the parents try to keep them away from people so what a catch!
    Love the bombs away and the hunting harrier!

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  5. Fabulous pictures, Ruth --and Jake!!!!!! I love seeing all of the baby ducks... Aren't they just precious???? In fact, all of the pictures are WONDERFUL. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. Such great shots Jake! I had no idea the size of the Wood Ducks family! Wow! That 'watch out below' photo had me in stitches!! Thanks!

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  7. Utterly amazing photos! It seems ducklings come cheaper by the dozen these days.
    Really stunning bird shots and your header just blew me away.

    Hugs and Blessings . . . Arija

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  8. I visit local sewage lagoons here too but seldom see the diversity you feature in your post. Very interesting post with great pitures.

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  9. the photos are wonderful, Jake. the ducks are really preicous and make me smile. the header is beyond gorgeous. I have a dog named Jake, just thought i might share that with you. if you want to see him, www.fourpawsetc.blogspot.com

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  10. Just amazing. Love the bombs away photo. Sometimes we have no idea what we've caught on camera until we look at them on the computer. Good work! Ruth, I really liked the framing on your pictures recently...how did you do that? I have an iMac and Photoshop Elements 8. I was thinking you do too. I've tried everything, but can't seem to find how you did it. Appreciate any pointers.

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  11. Jake got some great captures! It is so neat to see birds that don't live here. Very good flight shots. Loved the last one.:-D)

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  12. Charming with a smile:0}Great shots!

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  13. Bombs away.... so funny :)
    LOVE the baby pics :) That wood duck family is awesome!

    Thanks Ruth for your continued support! I appreciate you so much!

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  14. Great pictures Jake. Really like the convoy of Ducks.

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  15. Great photos, good thing it missed you. Love the baby ducks

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  16. Great shots! And thanks too for stopping by my blog. THIS is why I like spring better than winter...the birds!

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  17. I seriously laughed my butt off at the last photo.

    Jake, you're a talent - I love these shots. The one of the wood ducks with their mama just melted my heart.

    Thanks, as always, for the lovely photos. :O)

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  18. I enjoyed these so much. The diversity - the activity - the clarity. I always look forward to another of your posts.

    The little duck family is precious.

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  19. These are all so nice! The baby wood ducks are so sweet and the ruddy so beautiful. Love the last picture too, heehee :P

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  20. These photos put a big smile on my face! Especially seeing all those precious baby wood ducks! Wonderful!

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  21. Your bird pictures are truly amazing! I surprised two ducks when I walked past our lagoon the other day. I didn't think they'd swim in there, so it must be pretty clean and percolating well.

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  22. Sorry, Ruth, the Anonymous was me.

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  23. Such good aerial shots...wish I could do as well.

    www.wildlifearoundus.blogspot.com

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  24. Thanks for sharing Jake's pictures with us. The baby ducks out for a swim are cute and the last picture definitely brought a smile!

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  25. Cute and cuddly babies there! Love your new header, too - bright and beautiful!

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  26. Oh my Jake. These are just fantastic pictures! Those baby ducks are so precious.I've never seen a Harrier, and this is a specatular shot!
    B.

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  27. ha ha ha! Don't think I've ever seen a bird poop in flight, but that's pretty hilarious and amazing as are those fuzzy little ducklings. so cute!

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  28. Gorgeous series! The photo of the Northern Harrier is wonderful and the bombs away photo is just too funny.

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  29. Oh Ruth, how beautiful those photos are, the formation in the water are so elegant and seemingly choreographed! I am also awed by the very clear photos of the moving birds. I am new in photography and i cannot focus well while they are flying, hahaha! I still dont know how to do that! Thanks also for your visit of my fire tree today.

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  30. Ruth how cute are those wood ducks!! And what an amazing capture of the Harrier. I cannot get enough of the birds here, watching them, their behavior, a surprise chuckle... and always a smile when I see them. We are truly blessed.

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  31. The baby ducks look so cute..Nice capture!!
    Regards,
    Angad

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  32. These photo's are beautiful, those ducks are adorable.

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