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Northern Shoveler Duck flashes his pants

The mood at the pond really went downhill this afternoon when Fred the Flasher arrived. 😉

Male Northern Shoveler ?ducks? at a pond in Thornton, Colorado, USA.?

Male Northern Shovelers at a pond in Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Male Northern Shovelers at a pond in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wood Duck drake shakes the water off

Wood Ducks are probably the coolest looking water fowl I have ever seen. The male, seen here, is so colorful it is hard to imagine. Females, while more subdued, are beautiful in their own right. This male had just dives under water in search of a snack and when he popped up, began vigorously flapping his wings to dry off.

A Wood Duck drake flaps its wings to dry off after diving into a pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Wood Duck drake flaps its wings to dry off after diving into a pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mallard drake gets his close up

With as common as Mallard ducks are, I don’t normally train my lens on them but sometimes I can’t resist. The lighting was soft and pleasant on this day and the partly cloudy skies made the water look like silver. Throw in this fine looking drake with his brilliant green head and it made for a nice picture. I am always amazed at how fine and detailed feathers on ducks are and this image really shows them off.

A Mallard Duck drake looks resplendent in emerald green.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mallard Duck drake looks resplendent in emerald green. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Northern Shoveler tries to hide

A Northern Shoveler utilizes the infamous ‘Stand on one leg and hide your face’ camouflage tactic. Didn’t work so well. 😉

A Northern Shoveler stands on one leg while trying to catch a nap. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Northern Shoveler stands on one leg while trying to catch a nap. (© Tony’s Takes)

Splashdown!

A male Hooded ?Merganser? comes in for a landing on the South Platte River. These small ?#?ducks? are best known for the sizeable crest on top of their heads. This particular guy had just touched down on the South Platte River near ??Denver? when I snapped the picture.

A male Hooded ??Merganser? comes in for a landing on the South Platte River near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Hooded ??Merganser? comes in for a landing on the South Platte River near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Pintail on the Platte

I walked along the South Platte River this morning and despite the cruddy overcast skies making for bad lighting, I did find a few good photo subjects. This Northern Pintail duck was hanging out along with some of his friends.

A male Pintail Duck floats on the South Platte River.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A male Pintail Duck floats on the South Platte River. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Wood Duck gets a close up

I’m not normally one to take pictures of water fowl but Wood Ducks are just pretty darned cool. This handsome guy was hanging out in a Denver area pond back in October. The coloring is just brilliant on these birds.

Close up of a male Wood Duck in Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Close up of a male Wood Duck in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wood Duck drake enjoys a morning on the lake

During the long holiday weekend I swung by a popular spot where these handsome birds hang out.  Most were out of reach but this one and his mate were hanging out close and allowed me to snap a few pics.  Gorgeous looking birds for sure and the reflection of the clouds and spots of blue sky made the water look almost metallic.

View more pictures from the day this image was taken below.

A Wood Duck drake enjoys a mild day in the Denver area.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Wood Duck drake enjoys a mild day in the Denver area. (© Tony’s Takes)

Handsome mallard drake on a reflective pond

I don’t normally train my camera on these common ducks but yesterday I couldn’t resist. The male mallard’s brilliant coloring coupled with the reflections of sky and clouds on a pond looked pretty neat.

A Mallard Duck drake enjoys the water.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mallard Duck drake enjoys the water. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wood duck reflection

I am still amazed at how absolutely beautiful these ducks are.  This is another shot from my time at a pond that these ducks frequent in the fall.  The reflection of the yellow leaves and the duck itself make for a pleasant image.

A male wood duck swims across a pond with the fall colors reflected on the water.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A male wood duck swims across a pond with the fall colors reflected on the water. (© Tony’s Takes)