The Canvasback

Got another diving duck for you today in this week’s diving ducks in Centennial Lake theme. Allow me to introduce you to “The Canvasback”. As the largest diving duck found in North America, the Canvasback has bright red eyes.



Wintering in the Chesapeake Bay and the southern part of the United States from east to west, these ducks like to summer in the Pacific Northwest through Canada up to Alaska.

They are active ducks that like to travel in larger groups. So if you see one, you usually see quite a few. They bob around on the water, then tuck their head up and then dive.


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The ladies of the Canvasbacks are subdued, and I’ve always thought that they have a gentle look to their eye.


It’s been fun shooting ducks, and it’s time that I get back out there to do some more duck hunting. Hopefully the next stop will be Schoolhouse Pond. For now, I hope you’re liking this homage to “Duck Dynasty” this week. Bella

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  1. So glad you’re out and about. I am heading to Florida for the month of February and then will return Hopefully we can get together then… Jack

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Ha ha I love Duck Dynasty, and yours. Those are some cool ducks. I love how sharp your photos are as they really showcase the red eyes, which are intense. The females are a bit more gentle looking, though their eyes are an intense black!

    Excellent slideshow! You did a great job capturing that dive. Great post, now I’ll see the others. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You know, I never sat back and thought about the eye difference between the boy and the girl. It really is such a contrast. The boy has eyes that seemed possessed and can kill. The girl, gentle, nurturing and kind. I don’t think I’d ever want to be a boy in any species. The girls have got it going. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Yes those red eyes are a bit creepy, I have to admit it.

        The boy-girl thing might be debatable! The boys have all the bright and beautiful feathers!!! Girl birds look like they’re walking around in camo sweats all day! But they do seem so much more composed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thank you so much Bill. A huge compliment coming from you. Loved your page, and how it is designed. I may need to borrow the idea for my smugmug page which is a mess and not up-to-date. Appreciate the inspiration from a pro.

  3. Bella, your photos of the canvasback are spectacular. I carve decoys and have done a canvasback. I’ve started photographing ducks I find mostly down near Chincoteague, Va on both Assoteague and along the bay-side of the Delmarva peninsula. Can you tell me about your camera equipment and glass that you use?

    • Thank you so much Herb ! Indeed, there really aren’t many ducks this winter. But you can always count on them in Cambridge at “The Wall of Shame.” Glad you were able to find my “What’s in my bag” page with my equipment. I do love it so.

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