Saturday, May 6, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 177 ~

I am excited to get back to the good stuff...
You may remember our trip to Smithville back on April 14th. 
Most of our trips revolve around where we are going to go to eat,
and what I can photograph.
We enjoy day trips, we definitely have our favorites,
and Smithville is one of them.

First up, right out of the car we spotted this Snow Goose...

keeping watch over,

this Snow Goose that was sitting on a nest.
Can you handle that cute tail curl in the first picture? 
So adorable!

The area also has a large population of Domestic Geese

They are quite tame and very easy to photograph.

This looked to be a blend/hybrid of the two.

This smiling brown duck appeared to be a hybrid as well.

Another momma sitting on a nest.

There are lot's of Rooster's in the area...

they are also tame and easy to photograph.

Two more pictures of the unusual hybrids...

and the last two of this Grey Goose that followed us to the car.

The last time we were here we saw the wood ducks, they have moved on.

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  1. Fantastic pictures Debbie !!
    There is nothing better than spending a day enjoying yourself in a beautiful place.
    Good weekend, my friend.

  2. This is kind of a fowl post. :)

  3. love photos that make me go awwwww and warm the cockles of my heart :)

  4. Geese and Roosters scare me. Living on a farm my first 45 years of life, they were the meanest fowl!!!
    Swans come in second. They look so lovely and if you get too close, they come at you hissing and trying to bat you with their big wings. HOWEVER--your photos always make these animals look so peaceful and beautiful.

  5. Great photos! I love geese and ducks, such curious creatures. We'd never get closee to them here.

  6. Love seeing all the pretty geese and ducks. Interesting that there are hybrids, too! Love the rooster :) x Karen

  7. Wonderful photography of our 'feathered friends' ~ all delightful ~ thanks,

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

  8. do the "good stuff" so wonderfully well, Debbie. LOVE you photos of the geese and ducks. That Snow Goose is a beauty!

  9. I love the duck in the first couple of photos. The whole series has such great detail. LOVE IT!

  10. Just love all of your photographs, but especially love the rooster!

    All the best Jan

  11. You sure got close to those birds! Love the rooster photo!

  12. Amazing pictures. I especially like the ones of the Snow Goose.

  13. Wow, you got some great photos of the birds; up close and personal. I loved all of them. I do find the hybrid one's fancinating. You do take the best of day trips and other adventures. Blessings and hugs~

  14. Debbie, your photos are always so good. First thing I noticed was the little curl in tthe tail of #1. Don't you love the texture of the neck on the geese? My MIL had a rooster like the one you saw. Just beautiful and I have a photo of my older son holding that rooster. Happy weekend to you both.

    1. thanks so much for leaving a comment!! it always makes me happy to hear that a photo of mine evoked a happy memory for someone. i hope you are having a wonderful sunday!!!

  15. The feathers on that rooster are so sharp and clear! Wow! Great the snow goose!

  16. Absolutely fabulous!! I was always told that a drake [male duck] has a curly tail and that is the way you can tell it's male...wonder if the same goes for geese...certainly it would be the female laying on the nest...maybe, maybe not.

    Excellence thru and thru here today.

    Sending along my heart felt thanks for sharing this awesome post and photos!! The birders at I'd Rather B Birdin' are beholding to you.

  17. Awwww, they are so adorable, Debbie, and you know what?
    I noticed that adorable little tail curl, first thing!

  18. Your birds are wonderful -- so bright and colorful. And your trips and excursions are definitely planned just like ours are -- around eating and taking pictures. We know how to live don't we!

  19. Oh wow, I haven't seen any ducks like this, that is really weird. Just fabulous closeups!!

  20. Wow. Commanding captures! It felt like being right there! Thank you.

  21. Beautiful photos of some of my favorite bird friends~

  22. All birds are familiar, but shots are so great that I admired!! =)

  23. Such a variety of geese, ducks and even a Rooster (he was very colorful) how fun.

  24. Hello, Debbie! pretty geese and wonderful photos. One of my favorites is the rooster. Love the goose closeups too. I was away for two weeks and I am so sorry to be late commenting and visiting your post. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and new week ahead! Happy Mother's Day!