Jeff Shultz captured (with his camera) this lovely pair of mallard ducks in the water next to the SCTC buildings on 2nd Ave. I tried to get a shot of them the other day, but the lighting was all wonky, so I failed. Thanks, Jeff!
I have just two words for you, friends:
I’m pretty sure these two mallards knew I was taking pictures and did this synchronized dunking on purpose, and it wasn’t completely random.
This was shot a couple of days ago at sunset from the pedestrian bridge over Stayton Ditch, off of Florence St.
I was at Pioneer Park yesterday, and I heard some ducks making quite the racket nearby. I looked over a fence to someone’s backyard, and there were easily twenty to thirty mallards (I am terrible at estimating) having a grand old time in the yard’s pond. I couldn’t get the best shots since they were pretty fair away and there were trees in the way, but here are a few of them. One of them is even standing up for the photo. That’s totally why she did it. I know things.
To the people who live in the house where the ducks were — I swear I’m not a creeper. You’ve even met me twice when your yard was on the garden tours. I was only after the ducks, I promise.
We have another guest photographer today! Joan London brings us this duck, which I think is a female mallard. I like ducks. Her description:
The Wetlands behind Sylvan Springs homes (off Fern Ridge Rd.) I go for a one mile walk along the trail, have seen many birds and Nutrias. Frogs too.
I am going to have to start paying more attention to that area. Thanks, Joan!
Guest photographer Tom Miller brings us another duck photo (see also: Nice Day If You’re a Duck). I do believe these are mallards this time, but there is a chance I could once again be wrong. I was right on the last duck (see the link), so maybe lightning will strike twice.
Also: gorgeous water lilies by those (possibly mallard) ducks.
As for the title of today’s post, it was suggested by Tom himself. He also wrote this description:
For all you Duck fans out there.
Now I’m not saying he might not be a fan of the University of Oregon Ducks sports teams, but there’s a chance he might not be a fan of the University of Oregon Ducks sports teams.
EDITED TO ADD: Tom wrote this to me about today’s caption:
Oh boy, i’m a fan of all Oregon teams.
If anything it was directed at me.
They (ducks) were all warm and cozy until i came stumbling along.
So there ya go. My apologies to Tom.
Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this day of love, here’s a photo of a pair of mallard ducks. You can’t see it in the photo, but the one in the foreground is female, and the other male. I found them swimming back and forth in the water underneath the pedestrian bridge off of Florence St. not long ago. The female was quacking her head off, and the male just swam after her like a long-suffering mate. True love.
I love mallard ducks, so I was a happy camper when I saw this beautiful photo from guest photographer Rita Elkins in my inbox yesterday. Her description:
Yesterday morning I came upon this Beautiful Mallard Mother Duck…swimming so gracefully in the water…with all of her young ducklings following her… It was such a beautiful site to see…