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The Ducks here were all in a real tizzy the other day!  The poor things were all huddled in, and around, a rather small circle of open water way out in the middle of the 101 acre private community lake.  The lake has been frozen now for about a week.  The Mallards were flying around the shoreline in a large circle.  The reason I was able to get the photographs of the flying Mallards is that the Ducks were careful to fly slowly as they knew the lake was frozen.  The Ducks were likely flying to scout whether or not there was open water anywhere nearby.  We had been having warmer weather here on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee the past few days with daytime temperatures in the mid 40’s F. range.  It is a bit colder today and we are forecast to have a bit of snow tonight.  We have already had a tiny bit of frozen rain this morning so the lake is really strange-looking; with slight ripples frozen in place and a frosted look to the surface in most places.  I was glad to see the flying Ducks and get the pictures.  I took these pictures on 1/17/11 from my deck.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Mallard Ducks Flying Over the Frozen Lake" (7)

  1. Poor little guys… They, along with our backyard birds, have to fight the elements all of the time. We went to the grocery store this morning, and it was snowing like crazy for a little while… Now–it’s just cloudy and COLD.

    • Hi Betsy, The Ducks here are still all confused as the lake has a film of rainwater on top in places as well as thin ice almost all over. We has a bit of sleet early here but as you said, it is cold. I think the snow is holding off until later tomorrow and into Friday – still looks like an inch or two may accumulate. I saw several White-tailed Deer tonight over on the less-populated area of the community, but only got once decent picture of the six I took (point and shoot camera from the car). May post that shot soon. Have a great day tomorrow and stay warm!

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to get a good picture, or any picture for that matter, of a flying bird!! My camera can’t follow them fast enough and I get a crick in my neck! I don’t know how you and others do it!

    • Hi Ginny, I am getting better shots as I have taken many practice photo’s of the flying ducks. I use my digital SLR and that helps. My point ‘n shoot does not get the job done when it comes to taking pictures of the ducks in flight. Ducks in flight seem to be the most difficult birds to take pictures of. Have a great day!

  3. Nice wing shots! I think Mallards are my favorite ducks, perhaps for the same reasons that I am fond of Chickadees. They are plentiful, many stay here all year and they are beautiful birds.

    • Hi Montucky, Thanks! Yes, the Mallard Ducks are plentiful here and are quite lovely. I also like the fact that the Mallard Ducks are a bit more tolerant of humans being around and about than are other Ducks. Have a super good day tomorrow!

  4. Hi Kool, Welcome! I hope you liked reading and seeing the photographs of the ducks. Have a great day today!

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