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Duck Watching in the Summer

Updated on July 4, 2013

Duck Watching is easier than Bird Watching

I love to go bird watching in the Summer.

Bird watching can be very difficult as you have to be very quiet and patient. You have to twist through the weeds and try to find a bird that was just there, but no longer is.

Duck watching is not as difficult, especially if the ducks are used to being around people. Ducks are an excellent subject for closeup photography because once they are on the water, they don't move very fast. Kids love ducks and most kids who have their first camera, have taken a photo of a duck.

This is a website of some of the ducks that I have seen in my travels. Yes, I have seen a lot of ducks but these are some of the best ones that have posed for me.

I hope you enjoy your visit and please send the link of this website to other duck lovers.

Thanks for visiting.

Photo taken by author, tvyps

Duck watching
Duck watching
Duck on cat
Duck on cat

Be Like a Duck - We need to take Lessons.

If it looks like a duck...take a photo

I have always been fascinated by ducks and their behavior.

Think of all of the air conditioning and heating bills we could save if we just flew to better weather during the seasonal changes. We would also never need to worry about getting wet as the water would roll right off.

Ducks are fascinating birds. I love taking photos of them because they always seem to be eager to pose for you. I have never taken a "bad" duck photo. If you are discouraged because you cannot find any other wildlife to photograph, you will always be able to find a duck.

Many eat ducks and I have included a recipe below. You can substitute chicken if you want; I doubt that you family or guests will know the difference.

I am glad you decided to take this little photographic journey with me through the ducks I have known.

Wikipedia Commons

Duck Psychology or Duck Whispering? - Learn to speak duck and people might think you are a "Quack"

Why Ducks Do That: 40 Distinctive Waterfowl Behaviors Explained & Photographed
Why Ducks Do That: 40 Distinctive Waterfowl Behaviors Explained & Photographed

Ever wonder why ducks do what they do?

I had no idea that many of the things that they did actually meant something.

This book, written by a true duck whisperer, teaches you to understand "duck" and hopefully, communicate back to them!

 

All of the mallards were told to keep their eyes closed. All listened except one, the Peking duck.

Ducks on the pond
Ducks on the pond

What do Ducks and Baseball have in Common?

The origin of the term, "Ducks on the Pond."

The phrase "Ducks on the Pond" was originally coined by an Arkansas broadcaster named Arch McDonald in the 1930's. He was the "on-air" broadcaster for the Washington Senators.

In later years, Dizzy dean used this term often and made it famous.

It is just another way to say that there are runners on the bases. A broadcaster might say, "This pitcher has a high earned-run average or doesn't pitch so well with "Ducks on the Pond."

Flickr Commons

Lone Duck
Lone Duck

Ri-duck-ulous - Something a duck finds very stupid.

Lone Duck
Lone Duck

Some Ducks I have Seen - Short duck videos I have taken while on vacation

Ducks
Ducks
Duck Soup
Duck Soup

If you like duck but don't have time to prepare it, you can't go wrong with this crock pot duck soup.

Google Commons

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 7 hours 30 min
  • Ready in: 8 hours
  • Yields: 3-4 Adults

Ingredients

  • (1) duck - Cut up the duck into pieces that will fit into your mouth
  • (5) ounces of burgundy or red wine
  • (1) Small can of chicken broth
  • (1/2) onion - finely chopped into pieces
  • (1) sliced celery stick
  • (1) sliced carrot
  • (1) red/ripe tomato
  • (1) cup of cooked noodles or any pasta you prefer
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Put the bite size duck pieces in a bowl and rub the salt, pepper and garlic into the meat. Don't over do it but add enough for what you think you might like. You can always add to the mixture later if the taste is not what you like.
  2. Put all of the meat in the bottom of the crock pot.
  3. Add all of the rest of the ingredients in the crock pot except for the noodles.
  4. Fill the crock pot with filtered water to the top of the ingredients.
  5. Set crock pot to low or medium and cook 6-8 hours.
  6. Prior to serving, add the cooked noodles to the crock pot and let them simmer in the mixture for the last 15 minutes. The noodles should be drained and cooked almost fully before adding.
Cast your vote for Easy Crockpot Duck Soup

Get the Marx Brothers version of "Duck Soup" Here!

Duck Soup
Duck Soup

Well, this isn't the edible kind of duck soup but this is one funny movie!

I didn't even know who the Marx Brothers were until I saw this movie at a young age.

If you enjoy slapstick and silliness, this is the movie for you.

 

"Hey, take a Photo of ME!" - Too many ducks; he just wanted a little attention

Dog in the water
Dog in the water
Ducks
Ducks

A Sick bird can cause the Avian Flu.

A Sick duck will only cause a minor mallardy.

"The Answer my Friend, is Blowin' in the Wind" - Funny video of baby ducks getting blown in the wind.

You'll never see another duck video like this one.

This is why they need to stay in the water!

Got an Itch to Scratch!

Duck Taking Flight
Duck Taking Flight
Ducks
Ducks

If a duck can't pay for a tube of Chapstick, does he tell the cashier to just put it on his bill?

  • Grow your hair long enough to reach the nape of your neck or just above your shoulders.
  • Apply hair grease. You shouldn't have so much grease in it that you can cook french fries, just enough that it will hold in place.
  • Comb your hair back around your ears.
  • Create a ridge below the crown in the shape of a duck - VOILA - Ducktail!
  • Muss up your hair in the front.

Ducks in the park
Ducks in the park
Ducks in the lake
Ducks in the lake

You don't get down off a horse, you get down off a duck.

Ducks in the lake
Ducks in the lake

Do you like Ducks?

What are your thoughts of ducks? Do they fascinate you?

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love watching ducks with my daughter. She scares them though!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @anonymous: Of course...you silly goose...errr...I mean duck! haha

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @tvyps: Thank you! I hope you giggled as much as I did.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @anonymous: You are funny! You have the same silly sense of humor that I do....or should I say humour! ha!

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Ducks are often ignored by many people but they are great birds. Nice lens put . Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is ducking fantastic! A ducking great lens. haha. Thank you, I love ducks. That is not a dead duck in the green is it?

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      razelle09 4 years ago

      haha, loved those wiggling feathers... I'm not a duck-lover yet i respect them

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @bluelily lm: Thank you for the comment and visit. They evoke many childhood memories for me. Oh, and as for Disney, don't forget Donald Duck!

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      readty7 4 years ago

      Once I had a duck that lived for 9 years. It was lovely and he used to follow me everywhere, Good Lens!

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Very nice lens and wonderful collection of photos! : )

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      bluelily lm 4 years ago

      These creatures are so common that everybody have one or many memories related with it and no doubt that this little bird might have inspired Walt Disney, that's why we find a character called "Uncle Scrooge" who has practical sense and wisdom in money making.

      Really all your natural ducks photographs has evoked my childhood memories, when during monsoon season we use to chase them in our waterlogged garden.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @anonymous: Thank you for the compliments. I am happy that I made someone smile a little. That was certainly my intention!

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      SBRTechnologies1 4 years ago

      Loved the video your shared. It looked funny the way those poor duclings where rooling over the pavment, but frankly speaking, I felt scared for them. They had no control over them!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      When I saw the title to this lens, I was thinking to myself, "How interesting could a story about ducks be?" I was hooked in the first paragraph and enjoyed reading this so much that my face hurts from smiling. Thanks so much for putting the time to put this together and for the wonderful humor!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @favored: Thank you as always.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @LoriBeninger: That sounds like fun...hopefully you didn't duck-walk or you would be out for hours! ha! Thanks for the congrats & visit!

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      LoriBeninger 4 years ago

      My friend Rita and I walk a local trail every Sunday - and one of the reasons we get up at O-

      Dark-Thirty to make this trek is so that we can see the ducks in the ponds along the way. They are mostly mallards, so there is little variety, but they are always fascinating (especially when the ducklings are born). They are just ducky. Congratulations on your Purple Star!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Enjoyed this. Good to see the light side of you. We have the movie Duck Soup and that's about as close to duck soup as I'm going to get :) I'm glad you included the pic of the dog. Hope you are doing ok. Know you are in our prayers. Congratulations on making front page honors. You did a great job with the photos and videos.

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      savateuse 4 years ago

      I've always liked ducks - cool lens!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Torrs13: I remember that also. It was an inexpensive form of family entertainment. Growing up, we had our own pond with ducks but they were wild ones.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @mina009: Hahaha...it is just like my cat. When he is about ready to fall asleep, he doesn't notice much either! Thanks for visiting.

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. As a little girl, I always enjoyed going to the park and feeding the ducks with bread. I continue to enjoy it as an adult, and it has become somewhat of a tradition for me and my family.

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      capritaylor 4 years ago from Oklahoma, United States

      I am going to have to try your duck soup recipe. Lots of scenic videos and photos. Thanks for sharing.

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      Adore these birds. Their eyes look so smart. As if they are reading your thoughts.

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Funny and interesting lens! Great photos, too. (Did that cat realize that a rubber duck had landed on her head?)

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      k4shmir 4 years ago

      nice lens. thanks for sharing

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      Fun lens with a great sense of humour (we spell it with a 'u' in Australia.).

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @RazzbarryBreeze: Thank you. I am glad someone noticed! It is my own brand of humor, sometimes not funny to others. Thank you for visiting!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @lesliesinclair: So you are the one leaving duck tracks! Thanks for visiting.

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      RazzbarryBreeze 4 years ago

      What a very interesting and creative lens.. I love the humor you added to the captions of the photos and boxes.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I used my duck feet to stick around your lens to the very waving-tail feathers back end. Fun!