Waterfowl Bird Count – New Visitors!

It’s pretty cool living by a lake. There’s always a menagerie of interesting waterfowl! From everyday Mallards, illusive Herons to migrating Northern Shoveler’s (among many others). Today we went for the usual walk to the lake (we live only a block away), took my camera in hopes of getting some photos of new birds! Winter may be bleak & cold, but birds always add some life & colour – bringing unique, migratory visitors!

Today I saw quite the diversity of ducks! Some common, others uncommon and some new ones I have never seen before! Unfortunately, not all my photos came out good ’cause they were far away, but at least I photographed them!
These are the different types of waterfowl I saw today:


Mallard (female left, male right)


American Coot


Northern Shoveler (female left, male right)


Ring-necked Duck (male)


Bufflehead (male)


Gadwall (male left, female right)


Ruddy Duck (non-breeding male)


Pied-billed Grebe (winter adult)

I’ve never seen a Ruddy Duck or Gadwall before! The other waterfowl are uncommon & difficult to photograph (except the mallards & coots, they’re regulars). I hope that the next time we go to the lake, I can shoot better photos before these birds migrate in the springtime…

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4 thoughts on “Waterfowl Bird Count – New Visitors!

  1. Don’t worry about the shooting, just enjoy the ducks. They do tend to get shot quite often, no pun intended. On a serious note, I undertake a WEBS count in the UK and maybe there are similar surveys which you undertake in your part of the world. Mind you, this post is entitled Wildfowl Bird count, so perhaps you already submit your records.

    That’s enough rambling from me.

    Kind Regards

    Tony Powell

  2. Great seeing these waterfowl so near home. Wonderful that you were able to capture photos of them.

  3. Very interesting to see all of the different kinds of waterfowl. And interesting to read your blog about seeing them in person. I too hope you are able to get more photos before they migrate! Thanks for sharing your experience. Have a great week!

  4. Wow! What an amazing variety of waterfowl and great photos! The Northern Shoveler has always been a favorite. Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

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