Friday, 31 October 2014

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS - Ducks and Grey Heron at Kiltonga Lake

This post is still featuring my bird class outing and all the bird shots are taken at Kiltonga Lake.  Once again, thanks to Danny who is an new member of the group, some of the shots are his.



Black headed gull and Shoveler.






When I discovered there were Gadwell on the faraway bank of the lake, I pointed them out to Danny first so he could take photographs while I organised that the rest of the groups saw them through my telescope.  It was difficult for some of the group to distinguish between a female Gadwell and a female Mallard especially when they were not with their own males however all managed it in the end.  There is a male Shoveler on the right of this shot



Mallard female and Gadwell female


Mallard female, Gadwell female and juvenile Herring gull.  I hope you have been able to distinguish the differences the different ducks.


This last shot is of the bird group (taken at the Flood gates – Tuesday’s post) and where Danny who is the member in the black hat, is setting up his camera to photograph the Brent geese.  Many thanks to him for his contribution of photographs in this post enabling me to do some more teaching.

I hope you enjoyed this post and encourage you will look in tomorrow as I am showing you a group of Elephants that we had to back off from in a game park in Malawi.

I am linking this post with WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.

Thank you for visiting and also for leaving your kind comments.

32 comments:

  1. I can't remember ever seeing herons wading so deep into the water.

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  2. gorgeous shots, it looks a tad cool out there hats, mitts, coats- the two girls are quite similar.

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  3. I love the ducks and herons.. The Shoveler is a beautiful duck! Great photos, enjoy your weekend!

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  4. I see what you mean about the similarities between the mallard and gadwell females. I would never be able to tell them apart!

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  5. I think that it's fun that people are getting together to take shots of the wildlife. Have a great weekend.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  6. Great photos of the birds. I'm really enjoying them. Thank you for sharing - they are a treasure.

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  7. Aren't they beautiful creatures. I always marvel at the awesome mind of the Creator! Thanks for the photos, a great reminder.

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  8. No chance of my seeing the difference. I just guess and wait for Keith, Douglas or Trevor to put me right.

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  9. Wonderful photos Margaret - I can never get enough of those Herons!!

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  10. great shovelers. love the heron, too.

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  11. Wonderful pics! and a lively group.

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  12. I like this series on these birds. It's always interesting to see birds doing their own thing.

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  13. Lovely water fowl. Danny did a great job. Thanks for the learning opportunity. Blessing.

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  14. Thank you to you and Danny! Wish I could be in that class... Could definitely use the expert help. Helps to get both the females together!

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  15. Thank you and Danny. Lots. And ooooh elephants...

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  16. gorgeous shots, margaret. love the heron. aren't they adorable creatures?
    happy weekend~

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  17. I could do with having you along when I'm by the water, Margaret. I''m not very good at ducks, particularly if they're female or in eclipse plumage. A very enjoyable post!!

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  18. lovely photos..especially of the heron! I hate to say that most of these female ducks look the same to me!!!

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  19. What a beautiful assortment of water fowl:-)

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  20. Great shots! I like the colors of the shovelers. Those females almost look the same!

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  21. lovely reflections and a wonderful group of birds.

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  22. These are all marvelous photos. Great job!

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  23. What excellent shots of these lovely birds!

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  24. I have not seen a Shoveler for some time. Wonderful shots!

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  25. Beautiful photos, Margaret.
    I see the coats, gloves, etc., are in use.
    Enjoy the cooler weather and the outdoors.

    Peace :)

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  26. Wow... Nice water relction indeed ! I'm in love with your heron picture, the first one : you did a fine job taking this pic : it is so well composed...

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  27. Very nice photos. I especially enjoyed seeing the scalloped effect on the gull. Those white birds can be pretty tricky and the feather edges are crisp.

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  28. loved to see all the birds. Where I live it is more or les empty now. :(

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  29. Hi Margaret. I don't think I have ever seen a Grey Heron wading so deep into water like your photo. There must have been something irresistible down there.

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