Ducks On Ice

Northern Pintail Duck

Male Northern Pintail Duck

I had an opportunity yesterday to visit some nearby familiar places in search of some wintering ducks to photograph. My first stop was the Mill Creek Marsh, which is located in Secaucus, NJ. It was pretty much frozen all around, tons of snow in the trails and did not see a single duck. I decided to take a quick ride to the Secaucus Duck Pond which is a 5 minute ride. Much to my surprise I found the pond with plenty of ducks . It was about 85% frozen.  The ducks were hanging around right at the entrance where the water was not frozen. There were several species which are commonly seen at this time of the year at the Mill Creek Marsh, but I had never seen them in the pond.  While I was photographning I did not even realize how cold it really was. It did take me a little while to thaw out after I was done though. Nevertheless it was fun photographing them.

Northern Pintail Duck

Male Northern Pintail Duck

Female Northern Pintail Duck

Female Northern Pintail Duck On The Ice.  I liked the contrast between the Duck and the blue icy water.

Female Hooded Merganser Duck

Female Hooded Merganser Duck

Male Northern Shoveler Duck Feeding

Male Northern Shoveler Duck Feeding

The Pintails are said to be shy ducks that usually feed at night.

The Pintails are said to be shy ducks that usually feed at night.

Male Mallard

Male Mallard Duck. It was cute seeing how they skated and slipped on the ice.

Mallard Duck on Ice

Mallards are common residents of the Secaucus Duck Pond.

Male Mallard Duck

Secaucus Duck Pond

Pintail Duck

I find the Pintails to be stunning. Therefore I was thrilled to see one at the pond for the first time.

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  • Jessica Kirste - Wow! Great shots Susan, the male pintail is beautiful i have to get to this pond one day!

  • Nick Palmieri - Wow, I love those pintails! Nice job as Susan.

  • Dave Mills - Nice ones…The pintail is a pretty duck but my favorite is the Mergansers. Those ducks have character….like me.
    Good job
    Dave

  • Jerry Fornarotto - your images get better and better. The Pintail on the blue water is my favorite. I like how the color of the water complements the duck.

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