Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bufflehead Hen

I found this little Bufflehead floating in the seaweed at Eastern Point. It’s generally tough to get in close to these little ducks, this one was no exceptions. I was sat down on a rock and worked with her for about 20 minutes before a family came in and started spooking all of the birds in the area. (I kept my comments to myself.)

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

This picture with some gulls in the background will give you an idea of how tiny this little 10” duck is.

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse

©2009 ShootingMyUniverse


Kelly said...

...he's so tiny compared to the gulls in the background...very cute.

Kallen305 said...

Such an adorable little bird. I feel your pain with people getting into your area and scaring all of the wildlife away.

Andy said...

"...generally tough to get in close..." Yes they are!

As for people approaching. Kind of humorous sometimes. They'll walk up, birds fly all over the place and they ask, "What are you photographing?"
To which I reply, "Oh nothing now" :)

Great shots by the way.

Jenny said...

What a complete cutie of a duck! You know, I sometimes think of certain birds as either a mans or a girls bird. This duck is definitely a girls bird in my humble opinion. I always think of the Northern Shoveler as a mans bird somehow. The second photo is my favourite.

Anonymous said...

Thats amazing how small he is Steve.
He is about the size of our Little Grebe.

Craig Glenn said...

Us southern boys do not use the word cute very often but that is one cute duck!


The Early Birder said...

Another new one for me Steve & he can nearly walk on the water.

Steve B said...

Kim, Andy, I usually take it all in stride, but this time it got to me. Oh well, the sun rose again this morning and I got some good stuff for tomorrow!

Frank, I've got a picture of this bird by a gull feather floating on the water. I had to wait for either the duck or the feather to float away so I could see the duck again!

Yes Jenny, this hen definitely has the feminine touch. But the male Buffleheads have that big white patch on the back of their heads and make no mistake, they are all drake. ; )

Hmmm, Craig, now that you mention it, I’m glad I didn’t use the word “adorable”. Now ya’ll have to excuse me, I’ve got to go out and split some wood, chew some tobacco and have a brew or five.

NCmountainwoman said...

Well worth the wait! Great shots. We appreciate your patience.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I agree, that is a very cute duck. Sometimes it is hard for me to bite my tongue and not say things to people like this, so I think you must be a very diplomatic person Steve. :)

Steve B said...

Hi NCMW, I'm on company shutdown, I've got all the time in the world for the next week and a half. Fortunately, I have a job to go back to, so I've got some time to sit on a rock and watch the ducks float by. : )

Joan, I was -> <- this close to making a stink, but a couple of dirty looks and I went up to Rockport and shot some Harlequin ducks. It's all in a day's work.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Oh wow! He is a little bitty thing. It makes me appreciate these shots even more. Great shots! :-)

A New England Life said...

Considering the obstacles, you were able to capture some nice images. It's unfortunate more people aren't aware of the wildlife surrounding them.

I swore I would make it up to York Harbor, ME to photograph the Buffleheads there but it hasn't happened.

It's been a great weather to have a little time off! Glad you are enjoying your passion : )

Artlover said...

Very fine natural images from your blog, I think

Steve B said...

Hi Sweet and Saxy and Sharon. Dip this duck in yellow paint and I think you'll wind up with Ernie's rubber duckie.

I made it back over to Eastern Point and saw her (I'm assuming it was the same Bufflehead) feeding in the same area. I managed to work a little closer but couldn't get a shot! I managed to get some Gadwalls and American Black Ducks. A lot bigger and just as skittish.

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