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Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Duck Whisperer

Ha roo, pups and cool cats!  It's me, Zim!  You know, with all the coming and going and moving furniture around and everything this past week, it was important for me to get Mom out of the house for some good old-fashioned adventure!  What better way for her to recharge her batteries than with some trips to the Kansas Ocean - am I right here?  Of course.  I thought I'd share some pix from our first trip out there today.

When we first got there, I had a good look around.

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"Mom!  There are all kinds of cool ducks and birds out there!"

Mom couldn't see them.  I had to work my magic and lure them a bit closer!  When I did, we saw ...

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Redhead Ducks and a Bufflehead Duck!

I know. We'd never heard of Buffleheads, either.  Here's a closer look:

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Look at who was fishing over by the bank!

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Great Blue Heron!

Yep!  A Great Blue!  If you look by the bank, just to the upper-left of Mom's watermark, you can see a Killdeer, too!

Here's another shot of the Great Blue!

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Great Blue Heron with a Northern Shoveler and a Blue Winged Teal!

Here they are again:

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Great Blue Heron with a Northern Shoveler and Blue Winged Teals

We had never seen Blue Winged Teals in real life, either!  What a great day!

Here's a female Northern Shoveler:

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Female Northern Shoveler

Isn't she pretty?  Here's her counterpart, the male:

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Male Northern Shoveler

Here's another look at some of the Teals:

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Blue Winged Teals

I thought they were cool - but you all know my favorite duck, right?  The Redhead!

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Redheads rock!

I'd like to think that given how close he swam to me, that we made a connection!  You know, one redhead to another.  Sort of a "birds of a feather" thing.  Ha roo roo roo.

The ducks eventually went fishing on the farther side of the ocean, so I thanked everyone for swimming over and wished them all good hunting.  

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"Come on, Mom, let's see what's shaking over by the transoceanic bridge!"

We did a little more exploring, then headed back to Ao4 HQs.  We went back to the ocean the next day and saw more duck friends.  Pix from that trip coming soon!

Play bows,


  1. that ocean is a pretty cool place - glad you got your mom out of the house for such a fun adventure....love the duck pics

  2. Zim each of those birdie friends are beautiful. You sure know how to speak foul... er I mean not FOUL, but foul, you know duck talk. I am glad you are taking care of your mom. That is our most important job buddy.

  3. How cool that you got to see some new ducks to add to your list.


  4. Happy Easter!


  5. Your sea birds are very pretty Zim! We are fans of redheads too especially of the Sibe variety! :)

  6. Happy Easter.

    Loveys Sasha

  7. The Shoveler duckie has the neatest beak. The Kansas Ocean is sure full of beautiful waterfowl, Zim!

    Love ya lots
    Mitch and Molly

  8. Zim you are so the bird whisperer. We have never heard of a Bufflehead either. The heron is magnificent.
    We wish you all a Happy Easter. We hope the Easter Bunny hops by with lots of treats. Enjoy.
    Best wishes Molly

  9. You really are a friend to those ducks and birds! Way to go Zimmie!

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

  10. What beautiful birds
    Hoppy Easter
    Benny & Lily

  11. Seafaring ducks seem to come in a very wide variety. I think that heron must have super long legs to be able to stand up in the middle of the ocean.


  12. Zim! Your ducks are SO cool. We only have mallards here. They are beautiful, too, don't get us wrong, butt you have such variety! Oh, guess what. Mom has been saying, "ha roo pups and cool cats" when she comes in the house even though we don't have any cats! I guess WE'RE the cool cats! Happy Easter!

    Bart, Ruby and Otto