The Odd Trio - American White Pelicans and Wood Ducks

Around Lake Morton

May 20, 2014 - Of course it's impossible to visit Lake Morton without seeing all the Mallard mixes in the Morton Menagerie.... Read more


More from Lake Morton

September 21, 2013 - Speaking of inter-breeding, these ducks below are some of the birds that breed with the Mallards....  Now do you see why the Mallard in my shot above has white patches?... This Mallard wandered up to me while I was photographing the Limpkins.... Read more


Cygnet Watch at Lake Morton

May 4, 2013 - I saw my friend Kim and she pointed out this Mallard with her big brood of babies....  I've never seen the babies all grouped under Mama Mallard like this!... Read more


Cute Babies at Lake Morton

April 21, 2013 - Baby Mallards Some of my favorite babies at Lake Morton are some of the most common....  There may be dozens of baby Mallards, but each one is tiny miracle.... Read more

Swans Nesting at Lake Morton

April 11, 2013 - Speaking of babies, we found a small family of Mallards with very young chicks.... Carla and I watched this Mallard taking a bath....  Then we found a different crowd...several Mallards were mating.... Read more

Late Bloomer

August 29, 2012 - I was a little surprised to find a tiny Mallard chick at Lake Morton on Sunday.... He had a whole family of Mallards who seemed to be watching out for him.... Read more

Picture Perfect

July 24, 2012 - Lake Morton), I looked up from the cute babies to see this Mallard sitting posed in great light with a perfect reflection.... Read more

Wood Duck Mother and Babies

Baby Ducks at Lake Morton

May 6, 2012 - While checking on the swan nests at Lake Morton recently, I've gotten to see some other fun babies too.  In early April, I came across a flock of recently-hatched Mallard chicks, probably between 12 and 18 of them.  In later visits, the babies were bigger, although in fewer numbers.  They…... Read more

A Walk Around Lake Morton

April 14, 2012 - To Rich’s relief, we finally circled back around close to the car…and then he spotted the baby Mallards.  Clearly, we were not going to leave anytime soon!  The babies were sidelit, and they spent most of their time in the vegetation.  But then Mama brought them to the water’s edge…... Read more


Happy Easter!

April 8, 2012 - I hope this picture of a Mallard duckling doing the splits will bring a smile to everyone on Easter.  More from Lake Morton in the next post!... Read more

Callaway Gardens Vacation: Part 2 – Turtles!

August 27, 2011 - ...Rich’s favorite part of our Callaway Gardens vacations is seeing the many turtles in the lakes.  The two best places to see turtles are in the lake right outside the Discovery Center, and at the little pavilion by Mockingbird Lake.  We also saw them sunning themselves on a log in the middle of Hummingbird Lake […] Read more



July 21, 2011 - It's the time of year when Mallards molt their flight feathers, and become flightless for a few weeks.... We've seen far fewer Mallards around for the past week or so.... Read more


Bad Feather Day

June 17, 2011 - These Mallards were definitely having a "bad feather day."  The wind was blowing down by the pond!  Now cross your fingers that we get some rain...... Mallards... Read more


More Mallard Babies

June 15, 2011 - The Mallard babies at the Stoneybrook ponds are almost as big as their parents.  So we were surprised to see two tiny chicks the other night.  They are so cute when they are little!  I'm constantly amazed at how baby ducks look so different than their parents.... Unfortunately, we went…... Read more


Going Green…

May 26, 2011 - The Mallards are the only dependable birds on our walks these days.  There's one with a bright green head that appears to be the father of the juveniles at the Pebble Ridge pond.  He's pretty.... Mallard... Read more


Birds Sure Do Grow Up Quickly…

May 24, 2011 - Believe it or not, these are the Mallard babies that I photographed as tiny chicks just a few short weeks ago...... Juvenile Mallards Juvenile Mallard  ... Read more


Baby Mallards Getting Bigger

April 29, 2011 - We saw the baby Mallards at the pond tonight.  They were all grouped together in the middle of the pond.  Mama landed on the other side of the pond, causing these guys to start calling to her and swimming in her direction.  I guess they are getting big enough that…... Read more


Down by the Pond

April 18, 2011 - Baby Mallards There were two Loggerhead Shrikes in the usual weeping willow tree.  We call them Shrek and Fiona (Shrek the Shrike, try saying that five times fast!)  I'm not sure if the nest is in the willow or in a nearby palm tree, but I'm pretty sure it's close!... Read more


Baby Mallards

April 8, 2011 - We were walking by the Pebble Ridge pond last night when we came across a nice surprise: a cute little family of Mallards!  The protective parents watched over the flock of energetic little babies.  So tonight I went back with The Beast.  The little family was right up in the…... Read more

Blast Off!

November 1, 2010 - At the pond we saw a group of Mallards.... Mallard Take-Off... Read more

Hi From the Mallards

October 11, 2010 - The neighborhood Mallards were enjoying tonight's sunset as much as Rich and I were.... Mallards... Read more

Mallard in Flight

September 20, 2010 - Mallard Check out Missy's Diner for a picture of the hummingbird that is visiting Mum-mum and Dyeyo!... Read more

Time to get all your ducks in a row

September 14, 2010 - ...Tonight as I was pruning roses, a tiny bird hopped out onto a rose cane. He stared at me, and I stared at him, and then he flew back to the shelter of the viburnum. I only saw him for a split second, but I saw dark gray and olive. I think it was a […] Read more

Finally! My Mallard Family Posed!

May 23, 2010 - I've been watching this little family of mallards for the last couple of weeks.  They come across the golf course every  morning to go wading in the pond in between Pebble Ridge and Fox Hunt.  I've never had my camera with me to photograph them, though, and the babies have…... Read more