Thieves in the pond

Thieves in the pond

I have seen widgeons stealing food from other diving ducks, mostly coots, but never got to photograph this behavior. There is clearly some tasty green growth on the bottom of this lake which requires a bit of a dive to reach. What to do if you are only a dabbler, steal from the divers like these redheaded ducks. It appears even the mild mannered Gadwalls were getting in on the action.

19 thoughts on “Thieves in the pond

    1. We also have seen the gulls stealing form many other birds. When we are at the lake we know which ducks are catching fish by watching where the gulls are. I like you blog you have a great variety of photos posted.

    1. Hi Stephan, thanks and we actually used a Nikon 70-300mm lens zoomed all out for this one and had to crop the photo a good deal. It would have been nice to have more power but it all worked out.

    1. HI Tammy, it was nice to be able to get these guys doing their thing just at the time of peak duck color in the late winter. The redheads always amaze me with their color this time of year.

    1. Hi and thanks for the feedback as we really appreciate it. Observing behavior is so much fun especially when you see enough to finally know what is going on out there on the pond. Hope your day is join well.

    1. Hi Jane, I agree the redheaded ducks red head is quite a sight and on a sunny day is even brighter. The action was fun to watch and went on for quite some time. Hope your day is going well.

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