Saturday, March 22, 2014

Northern Shoveler

After dinner last evening, Fergus and I went for a walk around The Rez. I was surprised to see what I thought were Mallards on the water. After a closer look, I realized they were not Mallards, but some other duck I wasn't familiar with. Sadly I didn't have a zoom with me, so these are the best shots I could get.
I hurried back home to get a better lens and quickly looked through our National Geographic Field Guide to Birds in North America. The ducks are Northern Shovelers.  I loaded Fergus in the car and drove back to The Rez, but by the time I got there, the ducks were gone. That's the way my luck runs!
This is Fergus waiting patiently for me to come back to the car.
This is Fergus with his patience wearing thin. He was about to jump out of the window. No leash. I would have had a heart attack!
For being such a good boy, we walked around The Rez a couple more times.

Linking with Saturday Critters and Camera Critters 

17 comments:

Phil Slade said...

Shovelers are handsome ducks. Fergus is a handsome collie too.

carol l mckenna said...

Love Fergus ~ duck photo is great but Fergus steals the show ~ xxx

artmusedog and carol

TexWisGirl said...

fergus is so cute! love the shovelers. such bill-heavy ducks.

Ellie said...

What a pity they weren't there when you got back. You got a good pic of them though. Whenever I go out to take pics I think all the birds, rabbits etc. know I'm coming and hide so they don't have to get their pic taken, lol.
Your Fergus is really cute. :))

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Gotta love the photos of Fergus tho...priceless.

And yep, they're Shovelers. We have so many of them around here, I don't even pay attention to them any more. How sad is that?!!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI the female is lucky having 2 guys. Lovely ducks as is your dog. Have a great weekend.

Mitch and Molly said...

Thank doG you didn't jump out of the window and upset your mom, Fergus! The Shovelers are very pretty duckies!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

eileeninmd said...

The Northern Shovelers are handsome ducks, I like their colors. And your Fergus is a cutie! Thank you for linking up with Saturday's Critters.. Have a happy weekend!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

so cute. i love the doggie peering out of the car door. sweet!! ( :

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Fergus is adorable!

Anni said...

ps....thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot today.

also...love the play on words that Margaret wrote [two drakes and one female --"lucky duck"]

HansHB said...

A great bird-post, - Nice to see!

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Karen said...

Handsome ducks! Fergus is a sweetie!

NatureFootstep said...

I think your image is good. But we always want better oens, don´t we?
You have both male and female and the colores shows greatly. :)

Brian King said...

I've never seen these ducks in person, but I think they're very impressive. Love the bills!

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love the fergus and shovelers
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Jen said...

Beautiful ducks and a beautiful dog. Border Collies are so smart!