Sunday, January 25, 2009

DUCK SNOOP!-RAMSEY CRITTERS

I spy with my little eye - a mad woman with a camera


The female Mallard on the grass verge of Mooragh Promenade concludes our week around the beach of Ramsey. Well actually both beaches. Ducks and swans don't usually venture as far as the beach opting for the main harbour or smaller harbour inlet, but occasionally we get these wanderers who venture a little further afield. Mallards have to be the most recognizable of ducks male or female and they are certainly the most common. Apparently the Mallard and the Muscovy featured last week are the considered to be the ancestors of almost all domestic ducks. As you can see this one was nonchanlantly pretending to ignore me, but that beady eye followed me around. When snooping on birds a telephoto lens is advisable.


I've just been reminded by G that it is the R.S.P.B (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) Great Garden Bird Watch. Householder's watch their garden, balcony, patio, yard for roughly an hour and record the birds they see. It's a way to keep check of birding habits numbers etc. I'm sure I won't be the only one taking an hour out this weekend to sit and watch and record the birds, and I'm sure I'll have the camera to record the results. 


One blog you should check out this week if you are into your wildlife and want to delve deeper, 
Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris: 
You will enjoy this one, very informative wildlife blog. Dave is an expert and friendly chap.
Misty Dawn is the critter lady, and other critters are there too.
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Last week was the beaches of Ramsey. This week from tomorrow will be Reflections week and I have some terrific images lined up for your viewing pleasure. Personally I enjoyed taking them more than any other image recently. Not as straightforward as you might think. What do you plan to post next week? 


Ps. Please remember these images are copyrighted. Thank You.

49 comments:

George Townboy said...

I learn something new every time I visit your exquisite blog and view your outstanding images!!

Tootie said...

I love the duckie photo, as I do all of your work. :-)

Anna said...

What a nice duck photo, snuggly. Anna :)

Kelly said...

Lovely photo! Great detail!

AppleDebbie said...

Wonderful photo. When you enlarge it you can see all of the details in her feathers. Very nicely done!

brattcat said...

Oh, now isn't this one something to quack about? Splendid photo.

Bruce said...

Sometimes I do that with my head too...ha ha!
Love your photo:)
Bruce

PJ said...

I'm very fond of tucked duckies...

Adrienne in Ohio said...

This is so cute!

Small City Scenes said...

She may look like she is sleeping---but she's got her eye on you. MB

Lisa said...

A humdinger of a photograph. Thanks for the Viking link. It works fine.

Eki Akhwan said...

she's probably curious of the camera and the lady behind it ... :D

Snap said...

I love the duck and your blog. Beautiful! Thanks for visiting.

George said...

Thanks for another wonderful photo. I'm glad you kept a lens on the duck keeping an eye on you.

People with Cameras said...

Oh! This is gorgeous! What a wonderful photo!

Manz said...

When I have an itch on my back, I wish I could turn my head a full 180 degrees - get to that spot alot easier!

People should check out the enlarged image also - the detail in the feathers in so tactile for 2dimensional medium.

Dan said...

Babs, I am not sure about you showing the larger image. Let me explain. There are a lot of unscrupulous people out there who will rip off your astonishing work. I admire you for showing us the finite detailing of your photographs, I really appreciate seeing the detail enlarged but who else is viewing? Those that can take advantage. Blogs are fun, but a website exclusive to purchase is the only way forward. Not being negative just practical. I would buy this in a heartbeat.

sixstars said...

This looks like a duck guarding a nest of eggs or ducklings. Sometimes the duck will choose to let the ducklings walk in longer grass fields.

Carletta said...

A really great closeup!

Larry Jordan said...

Awesome capture Babooshka! Sometimes I feel that the female Mallard is prettier than the male and your photo depicts that very well. Gorgeous shot!

ramblingwoods.com said...

Aww..she doesn't have a beady eye..She has a pretty eye..but I love the mallards....

kim said...

I love the duck photo. Actually I love all your photos! Thank you for your comments and I look forward to coming back here more often. :)

Carolina said...

Beautiful photo! Thanks for commenting on my lazy pets on the Easy Living sofa. Just saw your comment on the Vulture CC-entry. About it being very timely because of the garden birdwatching thing you have in the UK. Gave me a big smile! Imagine if you saw a great big vulture landing in your garden! ;-)

Mamapippa said...

Duck photos are always great, but this is also a sweet one !

me ann my camera said...

This is a gorgeous photo! So much is captured in such a close view. Love the details and designs that are so wonderfully displayed with this pose. Lovely. Happy Camera Critters!

Sam said...

It is a very pretty Mallard.

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: Nice shot of the duck, they are hard to shoot if they tuck their head away.

Reader Wil said...

Wonderful mallard. Next Saturday I am going on a sea bird watching tour by bus to Zeeland, one of our southern provinces on the coast.
Today we have also the Great Garden Bird Watch. We have to count the birds visiting our gardens. The problem is when I see a Great Tit, and it flows away, and a bit later I see a Great Tit again, I don't know if it's the same one or a second one.

Neva said...

Very nice that she stayed still for you!

angela said...

Sleeping with one eye open..the detail on those feathers is exquisite..

Anonymous said...

Eye Eye.

jonemo said...

What a wonderful closeup! I love your pictures, you seem to live in a wonderful place *makingnotewheretospendthenextholiday* Thanks for stopping by at Ithaca Daily Photo.

laxeylass said...

Maybe she is just keeping an eye egg thieves. We used to have many egg thieves in a Laxey as a child. The detail in the feathers is really good.

i beati said...

interesting material Sandy

Joy said...

The duck seemed shy!

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Pam said...

She could be guarding. Sweet photo.

John said...

Great shot and good use of dof.

Ioanna said...

Ho, it is soooo cute!

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Thank you for your comments on my blog.

That is a gorgeous photo. I love watching birds. :-)

June said...

I had just learned that about the Muscovy and Mallard. I've always thought the Muscovy looked a bit prehistoric :-) Very nice shot...I wonder why ducks tuck their noses in their feathers to sleep...not enough to cover the eyes...which I presume is for the ability to respond to danger quickly.

imac said...

At least the Mad Woman with a camera isnt Quackers.lol
Sorry could-not resist,lol.
Great week of beach shots and I love reflections.

Thanks for the visit and your kind comments.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I love the green in that photo. So lush.

Jackie said...

That's a lovely photo - really warm. I forgot about the birdwatch hour - think it's a bit dark now, I doubt I'd see much!

Next week I'm planning some more Celtic Connections pics, a wee bit of Burns, plus a bit of credit crunching.

Marie Reed said...

I feel like his cute little eye is following me too!!

Natural Moments said...

Nature has a way of knowing that we are watching. Nice Post. Have a great Week!

Toni said...

Wow, awesome picture!!!

Mojo said...

Cool shot. It almost makes you think she's shy... unless you know she's just preening.

Willard said...

Wonderful photos as always.

My Little Halo said...

Wow, awesome photo! So cute :D

-Emily

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