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May 15, 2015 16:31 |  #1

Ye who have never seen the plumage and antics of a breeding male ruddy duck are, in my opinion, the poorer for it. They are one of only six stiff-tailed duck species in the world; certainly a breed apart. I've only seen them a few times myself; these were taken last week in SW Manitoba. For a real treat, search for some videos of them on You Tube; their displays are, in a word, outlandish. The male's bill-pumping and surface-scooting are really something to see.


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May 15, 2015 16:35 |  #2

Good stuff. One of the places I lived 40 years ago had a bunch of breeding ruddys. Great show.


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May 15, 2015 19:31 |  #3

Will have to check that out, Al. When I see them, they're more sedate and I have to marvel at the blue bill. Good shooting and info.


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May 15, 2015 20:23 |  #4

Really great shots...thanks for sharing. Haven't seen a Ruddy in quite a while.




  
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May 15, 2015 22:20 |  #5

Smashing little characters, sadly shot to extintion by the RSPB here in the UK


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May 15, 2015 22:22 |  #6

Great shot!


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May 16, 2015 07:35 |  #7

Mel-S wrote in post #17557875 (external link)
Good stuff. One of the places I lived 40 years ago had a bunch of breeding ruddys. Great show.


ardeekay wrote in post #17557997 (external link)
Will have to check that out, Al. When I see them, they're more sedate and I have to marvel at the blue bill. Good shooting and info.


Dano_nav wrote in post #17558023 (external link)
Really great shots...thanks for sharing. Haven't seen a Ruddy in quite a while.


cannylad wrote in post #17558144 (external link)
Smashing little characters, sadly shot to extintion by the RSPB here in the UK


RLJSlick wrote in post #17558148 (external link)
Great shot!

Thank you for your comments; I appreciate them.


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May 16, 2015 07:56 |  #8

Very well done Al! I have not had the pleasure yet, still waiting. :)


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May 17, 2015 00:10 |  #9

we get them here in the winter, but always miss the breeding colors and displays. Thanks for the examples


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May 17, 2015 07:46 |  #10

Grizz wrote in post #17558476 (external link)
Very well done Al! I have not had the pleasure yet, still waiting. :)


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we get them here in the winter, but always miss the breeding colors and displays. Thanks for the examples

Thank you, both, very kindly.


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May 17, 2015 07:53 |  #11

Beautiful shots Al. You are so right about their breeding display.


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May 17, 2015 13:18 |  #12

Vury nice Al, even showing the front of his backside!


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May 18, 2015 07:44 |  #13

2n10 wrote in post #17559612 (external link)
Beautiful shots Al. You are so right about their breeding display.


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Vury nice Al, even showing the front of his backside!

Thanks, guys; I'm glad you liked the jaunty little fellow.


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May 18, 2015 07:59 |  #14

That is a duck I have never seen before. You captured him perfectly! Thank you for sharing this with us. I enjoy seeing new species that you post here many I am seeing for the first time.


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May 18, 2015 21:19 |  #15

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That is a duck I have never seen before. You captured him perfectly! Thank you for sharing this with us. I enjoy seeing new species that you post here many I am seeing for the first time.

Thank you so much. I hope you get to see one someday; they are worth a trip!


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