Thursday, February 5, 2009

Black Duck - What a Beauty

Does anyone know what kind of duck this is? I tried to look it up and the only think I found was an American Black Duck but they don't look like this. When it swam out of the water on shore the sun was very bright but I could see the colored feathers. They actually looked purple and then sometimes they looked blue. They photographed more blue in these photos but you can see the trace of purple. Depending on how the feathers caught the light they looked purple.


I was fascinated by the color of this duck and really wished it had not been out in full sun. I have GOT to learn how to work my camera when I'm trying to capture dark birds. I'd welcome any tips.

11 comments:

KathyUSA said...

No clue! It's funny to think about being in the water. It's 18 degrees here right now.

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Darla said...

A pretty one! It does have irredescent (spelling) colors doesn't it?

Tricia said...

I don't know about tips on the camera, but I've never seen a duck colored like this. He looks so colorful - WoW!
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George said...

I haven't seen a duck with that coloration before, but it certainly is beautiful.

VALKYRIEN said...

I have seen some ducks in my life - there is a lot of them in a lake nearby. But I have never seen anything like this beautiful bird! Somone must have loved it from the start - and painted it in all the colours of the rainbow! And you have captured the colours so perfectly! Great job! And thanks for sharing!

Walker said...

Terrific, I have never seen one of these before.

Glennis said...

its a beauty all right but don't know what kind of duck it is.

Judy said...

It has all the colours of an oils slick on a puddle. Maybe that is not a good thing, but you have to admit it is pretty. And the duck is not covered in oil. If you know what I mean. I don't know if that's the way you captured it, or the way it was, but you are to be congratulated.

Paz said...

A beauty, indeed. I've no idea what type it is, though.

Paz

Leora said...

Yes, it is lovely. Does sort of look like it fell in an oil slick. I like how the dark one is next to a white one.

BNS said...

Sure is a good-looking bird!