This is an entirely self-serving post. I had not been able to identify these ducks and decided to ask for help. I got the idea from Liz at Fetching the World, who said in the comments in my last post that she was on it. Thanks Liz!
What I also realized is that my photos of the ducks from yesterday were terrible, and made ID even more challenging. So I went back this morning. Obviously, as soon as the ducks spotted me closing the door of the Jeep with a camera in my hand, they moved away from shore. The Canada Geese and Mallards (which I have photographed a hundred times) stayed nice and close. Thanks guys. Put a word in with your buddies over there, though will you? The ones who think I’m somehow threatening? Tell them I’m here to make them beautiful.
They stayed well away from me and made clear shots difficult. Liz could certainly have given me bird photography tips were she here on the beach with me. My strategy was to hold still and be quiet and wait to see if they drifted closer. In the meantime, I admired the others.
I was starting to get cold and my fingers weren’t flexing as well. But my waiting had paid off a little. The ducks had drifted a little closer. Close enough, in fact, to identify them.
The mystery is solved! All because a blogger inspired me, I took the time to hold still on the cold beach till the skittish ducks came a little closer, and because of my super awesome Tamron 400mm zoom.
One more thing. Ten years ago I started my Word Press blog (after being with a different blog host for three years before that) How cool is this:
Ok, you are now free to go back to your own stuff. Thanks for being the inspiration in my life today. 🙂