The lake had just frozen over and this female mallard was taking her first tentative steps on its surface. She was pretty surefooted and didn’t slip once as I watched her. There are at least thirty mallard pairs that remain at the reserve all winter and we normally see them on the river side of the reserve where some of the water remains ice free. This is the the first of two sets of photographs I took of this mallard which I’ll be featuring in the next week or so.
February 2 was Groundhog Day in Canada and the U.S. and it was reported that the “official” Canadian groundhogs did not see their shadows (yes we have two). The story goes that when this happens we’re in for an early spring. If this holds true, I’ll be featuring ducks in open water before too long!


18 thoughts on “LACE UP (TWO PHOTOGRAPHS)

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  3. I feel sorry for the ducks when the water freezes. Good shots though.

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  4. Too cute! 🙂
    Once i inadvertently frightened some ducks along a lake shore and they then tried to land on the lake (which was frozen, mirror-perfect); it was rather humorous to see them spinning in circles before they regained their composure!

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  5. Well the American Groundhog should have talked to the Canadian Groundhogs..we’re supposed to have 6 more weeks of winter! LOL..of course here in Georgia, we haven’t even really had a winter!! Thanks for the beautiful pics!

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  6. Great shot! I really like the B&W!


  7. What is it about ducks that make such great photographs! Very nice.

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