Friday, December 19, 2008

I'd say they're ducks

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands.
--Douglas Adams (1952-2001) British comic Writer

Can anyone help identify these ducks for us? I have a bird book, but after flipping through the dozens of pages with geese and ducks, I quickly learned that I've got a lot to learn when it comes to identifying birds. And tonight I'm too tired to get started. This is similar to a photo of what I think are the same white ducks I took a year ago at Fishery Park in Erwin, TN. They're like old friends now -- it's just that I can't remember their names.

For this photo I used a customized white balance to bring out the blue in the water. It's amazing what you can accomplish with the white balance setting -- if you're in the habit of leaving your camera on "auto white balance", you really need to experiment and get creative with this setting! After cropping the photo, I used the Topaz Simplify filter in Photoshop to soften the image and bring out the color and forms.


  1. I think it's a Pekin duck. The kind one usually finds in the meat department, and are particularly delicious.

    Maybe they escaped from a nearby farm?


  2. Thanks for the help with the identification. No wonder I couldn't find it -- it's not in my "Complete Birds of North America" book!

  3. Hay Mark,
    According to my birding friends in Ca, where we are now they "city park ducks". In other words their parents were fooling around.
    Great pixs as always!


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