Sunday, April 2, 2017

Beautiful Mandarin, Trumpeter Swan and Barrows Goldeneye

Good morning, here are 3 more beautiful waterbirds from our exhibit, Waterbirds In Love, at the Connecticut Audubon Society in Pomfret!


The Mandarin Duck is native to China & widely regarded as the world’s most beautiful duck. It’s stunning multicolored plumage has long made it an artists’ favorite. It is a perching duck (able to fly & negotiate trees), closely related to the North American Wood Duck. The female lays her eggs in a tree cavity and, after hatching, ducklings soon jump to the ground where their mom leads them to water.



A trumpeter Swan enjoys a leisurely swim on the grounds of Connecticut Waterfowl Trust.  The trumpeter is the largest living bird native to North America with a wingspan exceeding 10 feet. This bird, originally from Europe was hunted nearly to extinction in the 1800’s and by 1933 only 70 in the wild remained!  Careful re-introduction & conservation by wildlife agencies restored the population.


Barrow Golden Eye Duck: A medium-sized black-and-white diving duck, the Barrow's Goldeneye is originally from Iceland. It is, however, primarily a duck of the western mountains of North America & Canada. The drake sports a crescent shaped white patch on the side of his face & has golden yellow eyes. The female is chocolate brown. He can live until 18 years of age.

12 comments:

  1. Very pretty! Ducks are some of my favorite birds.

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    1. Ducks are the best! How many animals can swim AND fly? Thank U for visiting!

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  2. These pictures are beautiful.

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  3. The images are stunning, and whilst the Mandarin duck is quite stunning, the Swan always tops my list of the water birds. Thanks for sharing these with us.
    Purrs, Erin

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    1. Thank U, Erin. More swans will definitely be forthcoming! Black swans, Whooper Swans, Trumpeter, Mute Swans, etc. We specialize in courtship shots. We have a FB page (same name) as well!

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  4. Wow, we always love the deep and luxurious colours of Mandarin Ducks!

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    1. Thank U, Dash Kitten! the Mandarins are really in a class of their own as far as amazing colors! They're said to be a symbol of good luck in China. We also have a FB page (also called Flying Delights) if you care to follow...

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  5. Gorgeous photos! I especially love that swan shot. The flowers in the forefront really make those white feathers pop.

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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    1. Thank U very much for visiting and commenting on the swan. It's one of our favorite4s!

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  6. You made some beautiful pictures of the amazing waterbirdies, miss Carol❤Pawkisses for a wonderful day😘❤😻

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Beautiful Mandarin, Trumpeter Swan and Barrows Goldeneye

Good morning, here are 3 more beautiful waterbirds from our exhibit, Waterbirds In Love, at the Connecticut Audubon Society in Pomfret ! ...