Ducks, Swans and Geese – Cape Cod April 2018

Male Bafflehead duck

The last couple of times I visited cape Cod I took quite a few photos.  I decided to divide them out into four posts:

Hawks and Eagles
Ducks, Geese and Swan
Turkey and Other Birds
Water and Such

This post is about ducks and things of that nature.

Ducks are pretty common.  Mot just that, but there are many types of ducks.  The most common through most of the year are the mallards.  Everyone knows them.  We take them for granted, but they are quite pretty.  Here are some mallards, though this is an older photo.

Male Mallard Duck

Over the winter I see thousands of little Baffle Head Ducks.  For some reason they are very shy and I rarely get any photos of them.  A few weeks back a large group were “playing” just off shore from the landing near my cottage.

Baffle head showing off

I often see odd ducks out there.  Most of the time I either don’t have a camera or don’t get a good photo.  The Red Breasted Merganser is common, but this is the first time I’ve gotten any photos.

Red Breasted Merganser

In the shots in the gallery below you will notice a couple of photos of green winged teals and blue wing teals hanging out together.  At this size it is hard to tell the difference between the females, though in PS I can clearly see the color of the wings.  The males are very different.

I see geese all of the time and rarely take photos, except occasionally of chicks.  But I did like this photo of the two flying by.  They were making a racket!  The landed just after I took this.

Coming in for a landing

There are also a lot of swans.  As I said before, these are the invasive Mute Swans from Europe.  They are very pretty, but they don’t really belong.  Here is one on a nest.  In the gallery below I have a better photo of just a single swan.

Nesting swan

As I said, I see a lot of different species, but I rarely get pictures of anything more than the swans.  In was the ducks are prettier.  At least they are more colorful! Even the “black and white” baffle heads are actually very colorful.

Here are more photos.  Click on them to see more detail.  Once you click on one, you can scroll through them.

18 thoughts on “Ducks, Swans and Geese – Cape Cod April 2018

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Terri. Watching a swan fly is pretty impressive, but I don’t know if I’ve seen them on land walking much. Ducks and geese, on the other hand, I see on land quite a bit.

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  4. Blog Woman!!!

    Awesome shots. It would be hard to choose just one or two out of these. I happened upon 4 geese preening & cleaning with some awesome shot opportunities with all their flapping and spreading as they sat on the water, but alas I only had my phone camera which did nothing to really capture the magnificence. They barely show they’re birds. lol

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Being caught with no camera or only a phone is just the worst. It happens too often! I’ve learned to carry my camera when I am on Cape Cod, but I can guarantee that it is the times I don’t have it that all of the wildlife shows up ;)

      Thanks, Robyn!

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