Sunday, December 4, 2011

First of Season Hoodies, and Liebster Blog Award

For the past couple of days a pair of Hooded Mergansers, Hoodies in short, have settled on a inactive beaver pond not for from where I live. They are very skittish and usually head back to  the shore opposite  the dirt road if notice any movement, even a car creeping ever so slowly along that road. These are the first of the season for me.








A female Wood Duck was skulking through the weeds at the water's edge.





Thank you so much, Ken Schneider of Rosy Finch Ramblng, for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award! The photographs, stories and reports on your blog are always an inspiration for me, as you seem to be living your life on a larger scale than the rest of us. 


What does Liebster Blog mean? The origin of this award is obscure, but it's probably German as the phrase "Liebster Blog" translates into "most favorite blog". The award is given to blogs that have less than 200 followers and deserve more recognition and encouragement.There are some guidelines that have to be followed while giving or receiving the Award.
The rules for receiving the award:
  1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
  2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
  4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!


Good Birding! 

Thanks for your visit and let me know what you think. 

21 comments:

  1. Ah, they are beautiful! Glad you could catch them :D!

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  2. the third image is my favourite; it looks like a toy duck :)

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  3. congrats on your award!

    we've had a pair of hoodeds here this year, too, for the first time. yes, VERY skittish.

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  4. A wonderful little bird to see.. lovely images of another newbie for me.

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  5. You're doing quite well in your sightings. Beautiful ducks. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. Congrats on your blog award. You do have a lovely blog and I enjoy all your bird posts. Wonderful shots of the Hoodies.

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  7. Definitely some epic headgear going on there. Nice find and well done on the award.

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  9. I have seen the Hoodies around here in Massachusetts for awhile but so far no green-winged teals! These are such handsome birds. I love their coloration.

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  10. Beautiful pictures! It's so much of an art to capture the natural essence so perfectly. Well done!

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  11. Your Hoodies are pretty beyond belief. we have nothing like them her.
    Congrats on your Liebster BLog Award, so richly deserved but I cannot believe you have less than 200 followers!

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  12. They are an incredible species. Very well done with the award..... I wouldnt be able to keep up with 200 followers...lol

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  13. Luv Hoodies! You are correct they are extremely skittish. I need to get a mobile blind to get great water fowl pics. Nice Post!

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  14. The mergansers are so cool looking with those hoods! Great colors!

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  15. Isn't it fascinating Hilke how the white patch on the Hooded merganser changes form? So expressive, and just like yourself, endlessly fascinating!
    ;-)WBW!

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  16. Beautiful birds and very nice to have them come to the pond close to you. Great photos.

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  17. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments! @Faith Iyaz: thanks, but sorry, I don't know what you mean.

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  18. Nice pictures of Hooded Mergansers.

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  19. Great sightings and photos Hilke! Congrats on your blog award! A super blog indeed!

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  20. Hi Hilke

    Nice post I always think Hooded Mergansers are the most dramatic of ducks. Congrats on your award.

    Guy

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  21. Nice Pictures and specially i love those ducks they are looking sooo gorgeous.

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