Friday, February 18, 2011

long tail duck

a male long tail duck
(his tail can reach 10-15 cm)
and a much less flamboyant female.
These are divers who breed in the Arctic, but their migration route extends throughout Ontario and parts of Quebec. They spend their winters on the ocean or in large freshwater lakes, which would explain their presence in Lake Ontario.
These are divers who can spend a l-o-n-g time underwater. They are also one of the deepest divers and can plunge up to 60 metres or 200 feet to forage for food.


12 comments:

Amila Kanchana said...

Beautiful bird!

eileeninmd said...

Great photos, they are one of my favorite ducks.

Coy said...

And they are beautiful! I don't see them in my area, only the occasional stray who wonders away from their normal migragion path.

Kay L. Davies said...

The male is beautiful, and the female is kinda cute, too. Lovely photos.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Gary said...

They're beauties!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

EG Wow said...

Neat photos of these lovely ducks! I love it that they are wintering in balmy Hamilton/Burlington. :)

RedPat said...

Nice shots! He's quite the stunning bird. She's cute too.

Crafty Gardener said...

wonderful photos of the ducks

chubskulit said...

Oh so cute!

My critter post

KaHolly said...

One of my FAVORITES! Nice pics. I don't see them very often, so glad I get to look at yours today. ~karen

Crafty Green Poet said...

more lovely photos of your longtailed ducks!

Marie said...

Wow, I've never seen a duck with such a long tail! That's quite impressive, as is how long they can stay underwater and how deep they can go -- fascinating! The photos are great!

Blog Archive