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The boys are back in town

Yo doods  haven’t posted for a while, so here’s a few smudges for your delectation  A Bewick’s swan doing the okey kokey, a bufflehead drake having a good look around and showing off to the ladies. A gorgeous lady mallard stretching her wings. A baby duckling recently hatched and testing the water.A beautiful (mind you, to me they are all beautiful) Northern Pintail duck. A red-crested Pochard drake. The same oiseaux also showing off to the ladies. Finally, a tufted drake having a giraffe  I promise I’ll post again shortly   xx i Jedi de Q

Bewick's swan bufflehead drake mallard duck mallard duckling pintail duck red crested pochard red-crested pochard tufted drake


Please close the gate

Yo peeperooneys  Nice day at the wetlands yesterday morning. Cold, but fresh and bright.  Good visibility for smudging. First stop/pool was the mergansers habitat with an American wood duck also residing. The Mrs Hooded Merganser was ‘giving it plenty’ with the beautiful barnet and the wood duck drake didn’t look too shabby either!

hooded merganserwood drake

This little bufflehead drake was getting his knickers in a twist showing off rotten


I was pleased with the water effects for the background of this handsome white-headed drake (you know I love my water effects) with the old current bun reflecting off the reeds

white-headed drake

I was a little apprehensive entering the pool with the black swans with this chap standing guard and daring me to enter. It’s the start of the breeding season and the black Monty Don’s get a little aggressive

black swan

Well peeps, you know I also love a headshot for my portrait gallery, so was pleased to capture the wild tufty drake as he flew in to nick a bit of the collection birds tucker

tufted drake

Also was taken with the red-crested pochard drake who reminded me of my David Bowie cover ‘Pin Ups’, taken back in the 70’s with Twiggy

red-crested pochard

Hasta la pasta machacharooneys   xx     i Jedi de Quackman

slipping & sliding, groovin’ and gliding

Hi peepsters   Had a jolly morning yesterday despite it being a bit Harry & Billy. I drove to the Wetland’s where I was joined by his nibs, Lord Moffo of Twickershire. There was a lot of ice on the water but the current bun was shining, which made for good photography. It was amusing to watch this coot slipping across a pond, but those big old plates of meat are up for the task!


First port of call was the smew pond where I captured this handsome smew drake posing for the ladies (look at that Tony Curtis quiff)

smew drake

Moving on to the next strip of water I ‘smudged’ a handsome canvasback drake ‘giving it plenty’ He looks like he’s doing that ‘deckchair song!

canvasback drake

The next photograph is of a red-crested pochard having a jolly good stretch. In the same pond was a ferruginous drake balancing on the ice and enjoying the sunshine. Bless!

red-crested pochardferruginous drake

My last shot is of this mandarin drake enjoying the morning sun. I know I post a lot of smudges of this flamboyant lady luck, but who can resist when they look this gorgeous?

mandarin drake

Until the next time my friends    tooty frooty  xx i Jedi de Quack

Yay, the Current’s got his titfer on

Hi Doods,  what a beautiful day it’s turned out. I drove to Barnes this morning for a morning’s smudging at the Wetlands. Blissy poo.  A clear blue apple pie with not a ‘Girls Aloud’ in sight. Even the wuzzoes were whizzing around, preening and displaying. I bet there’s going to be a lot of babies this coming Spring. I had to avert my mince pies at the little pool where the mandarin drakes were behaving outrageously.  For your delectation I’m posting a smudge of a goldeneye drake, a whizzing smew drake and a red crested pochard drake looking glorious in the morning sunshine



Here also is a southern crested screamer doing the Okey Kokey in the mid-day sun.


Now peeps, you know I love a portrait, so was happy to Barnaby Rudge headshots of a plumed whistling duck and a dainty Laysan teal.

DSC_0903Laysan teal

Hasta la pasta doods  xx   i Jedi de Kwak

Sir Peter checking my equipment!

Yo Peepsters  Despite the overcast weather I drove to the Wetlands for a morning of smudge.  Because of the low visibility I took the large glass Wedgwood Benn’s. Here’s a picture of Sir Peter Scott checking my lens for suitability

Sir Peter

Having been given the green light I sallied fifth and stopped by the wigeon pool.  I enclose a Barnaby of the wigeon drake who looked very handsome in his winter plumage.

wigeon drake

Carrying on regardless, I managed smudges of a red-crested pochard drake (a doppelgänger for David Bowie), a hooded merganser duck  and a  ferruginous drake.

red-crested pochardhooded merganserferruginous drake

I know I’ve posted an American wood drake before, but couldn’t resist leaving another portrait, he looked so gorgeous!

American wood drake

hasta la pasta doodsters   xx   i Jedi de Q

Bowie & Birdy

yo pesetas   (I did put peeps but Spellcheck changed it!)  so,   yo pesetas  didn’t go birding today because the visibility was dire this morning in Chelsea and I didn’t fancy driving or Shank’s mustang. I will be birding tomorrow though with a visit to Oare Marshes and Sunday, hopefully to Restharrow Scrape and Bomber Command (SBBOT) for a cuppa Rosy.  I hear the dreaded tadpoles are back on the Ancient Highway so I’ll approach from the Sandwich end. I will be accompanied by Lord Moffo of Twickenhampton. Meanwhile peepsterooneys I leave you with a picture I took of David Bowie in Paris many yonks ago and a Red Crested Pochard drake which illustrates how my fashion and rock’n’roll smudges influenced my present day bird photography.  hasta la pasta chums

x      i Jedi de Quack

SoloBowie_2red crested pochard drake

Black-bellied Okey Kokey

Yo doods     The weather wasn’t too Clever Trevor this morning so I decided to drive to the Wetlands, therefore taking the larger Anthony Wedgwood’s. I was pleased with my smudges and hope you enjoy them too. I particularly liked the Puna Teal which I hope you double click on.  The black-bellied whistling duck gave me a nice stretch of its wing which was fortunately the un-clipped one.  I was also pleased to get a Barnaby of the very rare Laysan Teal which if wasn’t for Sir Peter Scott would now be extinct! DSC_8052

Hasta la pasta chums     x  i Jedi de Q

puna tealBB whistling duck

red crested pochard drakefalcated drakehooded merganser drake