Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Watery Wednesday in Central Massachusetts

A view of Riverdale pond in Grafton, Massachusetts on Sunday. The clouds continued to thicken and snow showers suddenly appeared taking away the promise of spring for the remainder of the day.
The Mute Swan photos were taken taken at the same pond on Saturday when it was sunny and warm.


Common Mergensers taking flight at Dorothy Pond in Millbury. A bunch of kids on dirt bikes were buzzing by and the entire flock on mergs took off in a panic.


I finally found the beavers who have made the dam on the Blackstone River at the Bike path in Millbury. Here is one swimming away totally oblivious that I was on a bridge taking its photo.




Right beside the beaver were two Black Ducks having a lovers lunch together. It was really funny to see how they reacted when the beaver disturbed their meal. They just looked at it swim by and it didn't cause any alarm on their behalf. I guess they all live in harmony along the Blackstone.




For more water pictures go to Watery Wednesday

37 comments:

Margaret's Ramblings said...

Kallen, what beautiful photos. I can't imagine being so close to beavers. That would be such a thrill.

Margaret

Leedra said...

Lovely swan photos. Love the duck bottoms up shots.

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Amy said...

Ooh, a beaver! We keep looking for them - there are dams all over the rivers here so they must be around. For now we have to 'settle' for muskrats. ;)

Mildred said...

What adorable pictures. That last one makes me laugh! The sky photo is amazing.

sunnymama said...

Lovely pictures! The first one is such a beautiful view.

Shellmo said...

You are really mastering your camera! That first photo w/ the sky and water is incredible! Laughed at the 2 duck butts in the water!

nature ramblings said...

That is really one big pond. Around here I would call that a lake and a beautiful one at that. The ducks are really cute. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

They are all great photos, Kim.. I especially like the swans (both pictures) and the top picture. Love the sky in that picture.

Great 'watery' photos.
Hugs,
Betsy

J Bar said...

Even with those grey clouds looming, the pond looks quite serene. Thanks for visiting my blog. Cheers, J Bar.

Tricia said...

Great shots - Love the duck butts in the air! hehehe

Lynne said...

Starting with a gorgeous sky reflected in the water and ended with duck butts!!

love the duck butts!

Bryan said...

I love that third photo...Shape similarity despite size discrepancy and how the shadows of the necks are fully on their bodies...and of course that last photo is great.

kayleen said...

Wonderful series of photos. Good captures one and all.

Pena said...

Wonderful captures for Watery Wednesday!

Today's Blah... said...

I love that photo of the swan, hehehe...

Raven said...

Thanks for all the wild life you have put up today. A lot of these animals I have never seen. Here (Australia) we have black swans, maybe white are around but I haven't seen them and of course we don't have beavers.

Jayne said...

Funny, funny photo of the ducks diving in sync. :c) How cool that you got to see the beavers!

oldmanlincoln said...

I like the bottoms up picture.

We were chilly yesterday in spite of the 63 degree temperature.

Today we are getting a little rain.

Carpe Diem!

Mary said...

The swans are so pretty! Love the duck "bottoms up" :-)

Pam said...

All your photos are wonderfull but I think everyone enjoyed the bottoms-up picture best. Thanks for the visit.

ShySongbird said...

Loved all the photos, the elegant swans, the beaver and of course the 'bottoms up'.

Jan said...

Wonderful captures. My favorites are the first two.

Mojo said...

The synchronized ducks are my favorite. It really quacked me up!

totomai said...

i really the first and second photos. the first one had a very seductive skies and the second one its just so natural

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Great shot of the beaver! Lucky you. It's nice to see all the critters enjoying swim time. Our creeks and rivers are unfrozen now but many of our ponds still have ice on them. Soon it'll be gone though!

Chris said...

Hi, Woow You saw a beaver, this is one of my dream, but I guess I will not see any in Icelamd. I love the ducks picture looking for food. It is a very funny one!!!

Tarolino said...

You have such a lot of wonderful wildlife close by. Even beavers. That must feel very special. The change between the sunny lake and the cloudy one is remarkable but the cloudy picture did show more detail and had less sharp contrast so in a sense it was the better nature photo of the water itself. Also liked very much the one with the birds taking off. That was well caught.

Diane C. said...

What big ponds you have in Massachusetts. I love the pictures of waterbirds, we don't see many of those here in the desert. My favorite is the beaver.

VALKYRIEN said...

Nice shots! I simply love the last one! Symmetric swimming?

Deborah Godin said...

Great shots - especially like the "double dabble" of the black ducks!

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Love the duck buns! It is great catching up with you Kallen!

Tina said...

Kallen,
What a lovely walk you had..you certainly captured quite a variety of faces and bottoms!
Such a nice couple pic of the two swans!
:)

Cam said...

Pretty pictures! I saw a beaver on a nature walk two years ago; I was about six feet from it, and when I stepped even closer, it started hissing/growling at me.

Laurieluc said...

I really like your pictures of wildlife. It is an area that i am just starting to play with. Very nice shots!

dAwN said...

Howdee Kallen,
I enjoyed your watery shots!
The swans are loverly..and the ducky butts the best...ha

ramblingwoods.com said...

LOL..Love the tail shots.....You are getting so many photos. I tried to leave a comment on your gull post but twice it didn't go through.

Steve B said...

Nice group of photos. I especilly like the concept of the two Black ducks having lunch together.

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