167 thoughts on “Mr. Ring Necked Duck~

      1. Cases! We are in lockdown already. I don’t mind being in lockdown. We have had an incredible run of a Covid free life for months and months. A hiccup was bound to happen sooner or later. Hope we can beat Delta.

    1. Good question, to which I didn’t know the answer, but thankfully wiki is here to enlighten us. Here is the answer and it’s a doozy: “The scientific name is derived from Greek aithuia, an unidentified seabird mentioned by authors including Hesychius and Aristotle, and Latin collaris, “of the neck” from collum, “neck”.[3] დ

            1. Not according to the Macmillan Dictionary, which surprised me too. Apparently it has an acceptable meaning as a ‘figure of speech’ or phrase. ‘You and I both.’ doesn’t have the same common parlance thing going on even if it is better English.

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              you and me both

              used for telling someone that you are in the same situation, have the same problem, etc. as them
              β€œI’m completely confused.” β€œYou and me both.”

              1. Aha! Then you are right! – As a figure of speech! Yes! Yes! Not only your photos educate, Cindy. You are a wonderful “minefield” of “I never knew that”. And to be totally fair – I’ve always said “You and me both”!

  1. Awesome bird you show up here Cindy πŸ‘Œ
    I love the reflection in the water and the lovely brith color in there eyes. Excellent photography πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ€—βœ”οΈ

    1. They do. I don’t need to tell you how utterly amazing birds are. With birds, so often, one is dumbstruck by the beauty of their composition. Some ornate duck species have no real reason for looking like the real works of art they are.

  2. Bravo, Cindy. You captured what the bird was thinking, doing and watching. Great photography! Is that some blue on the beak? How long until the young ones hatch? Enjoy the weekend! ox

    1. It’s odd because Ring Necked Decks don’t breed in this area, but I saw the nest. I have noticed birds all over the world in places they aren’t supposed to be, so I figured he, like many birds, probably isn’t good at reading where he is supposed to be and what he is supposed to be doing! It reminds me of the bald eagle that ended up in The UK. They flew it home by commercial jet. I’m not sure whether coach or first class. I’m guessing first class πŸ˜‰

      1. Cindy, quite odd indeed. But if it can live in your habitat, why not? Maybe the bird had wanderlust like some humans I know! Interesting story about that bald eagle too. Be well. oxox

  3. He (with the look in his golden eye) appears so elegant in the 1st photo; he is a bit self-absorbed in the 2nd; he’s a regular Don Juan in the 3rd; he’s contemplating his own Don Juan-ness in the 4th while enjoying a drink; in the 5th photo, he is confident in his own… everything that he is; and finally, at shot 6, he’s just a bit cool & aloof about it all. These are gorgeous photos that I believe also capture some personality, though I’m just making up my own version of him for fun. Ducks are so cute & funny to watch. Thank you for teaching me that these ducks exist. – so pretty

  4. I am so in awe of the creativity that went into designing the colours and patterns found on the coats, feathers, shells, and all of nature! Your images bring them out at their best!

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