Sunday, February 20, 2011

Millie Mallard Says...

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Gather around everyone. It's time for a rousing game of Milly Mallard Says.




onourway
The flock waddled in to share in the fun.




happy landing
Delia Duck took the short cut.




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Milly Mallard says "Flap your wings in the air."




flapper
Excellent. Now, stick out your tongue.




mallardmaletongue
Devon Drake, you're out! I didn't say "Milly Mallard says.."




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Milly Mallard says "Touch your bill to your tail."




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Good enough, Mumford.




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Milly Mallard Says "Look to your left."




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Good work.

Milly Mallard Says "Show me your best side."





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And so marked The End of the game.

87 comments:

ladyfi said...

Wow - these photos are so adorably playful and charming!

thrviewfinder said...

wonderful shots Hillary..... my favorites are
second one- I like the way u captured the motion of the flocks
Third one - Friggin awesome

I guess u've a lot of patience the amount of work involved shows that

DJan said...

What great shots, Hillary. I am constantly learning by reading this blog and trying to figure out how I can replicate your wonderful work!

Nick Thomas said...

Is it Millie or Milly? Don't want to create any fowl personality disorder in your visitor!

Hilary said...

LOL, I thought you were going to say, "show me your back side".

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Very well done.Mallard are super photo subjects.

Bonnie said...

Wonderful in every way Hilary! Your cute commentary distracted me from the beauty of the photos. I must go back and linger a while to absorb that beauty!

Jayne said...

Such agreeable subject you have. How do you get them to do that?! ;)

deb colarossi said...

Whimsical and wonderful.
I love when photos tell a story..
I have a silly bird one like this in the wings as well :).

Brian Miller said...

snort...too cute...i read it to my boys..they loved it...

Anvilcloud said...

Great closeups. Do you have a long telephoto lens?

Out on the prairie said...

nice shots. I am seeing flocks heading north.

Zuzana said...

Beautiful ducks.;) I love the third picture where some ducks stand on one leg, never seen that before, I guess they are cold too.;)
Have a lovely Sunday my dear friend,
xoxo

Snappy Di said...

Millie is kind of bossy, don't you think? LOL

Great photos, Hilary!

Linda said...

I agree with Bonnie...I was so absorbed in the commentary that I almost missed the beauty of the photos. The detail in these images is just wonderful.

Leah J. Utas said...

Absolutely delightful. Excellent pics. Delia Duck's short cut is wonderful.

Lori said...

This is great...your words and these photo's delighted me this morning as they did the little's...such great captures and your creativity with words is purely amazing to me.

Happy Sunday to you. XX

Country Girl said...

Your photos are incredible.

In fact, incredible isn't a good enough word.

ellen abbott said...

loved the little balls of feathers.

Frank Baron said...

The pics are so darn cute I almost didn't think about how good those ducks would taste. :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Amazing. Beautiful creatures. I have no idea how you captured them so well. Quite a talent.

Linda in New Mexico said...

this is incredibly clever and adorable. How delightful to watch Millie and her pals play. The Olde Bagg, Linda

Maggie said...

Simply delightful. Do I see a children's book in the making? I'm still sitting here smiling.

Geraldine said...

LOL, TOO cute! Great pics Hilary and you certainly captured the spirit of the game. :<)

Red said...

Great action story! Excellent photograppy! Hard work!
Terrific way to have people look at your photos.

Nancy said...

These are heartbreakingly beautiful, Hillary. The one where she is taking off is just incredible. Have you ever thought about sending your photos to National Geographic?

Daniel said...

Another winning photo shoot and "A Star is Born"! I believe Millie Mallard will have a strong fan base if you heed the suggestion one reader put forth. Then you'll have Millie t-shirts, hoodies, school back-packs etc.

Daniel

Explore. Dream. Discover.
http://daniels-view.blogspot.com/
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Friko said...

Friko says what a fun game; can anybody join in?

Karen said...

Chuckling in wonder of those marvelous photos and quick wit of yours! Thanks, those are great.

Maggie May said...

You really seem like a professional photographer.If you are not.... then you know that you could be.
Magnificent!
maggie X

Nuts in May

Pat - Arkansas said...

Once again -- wonderful! Love the "You're out!" photo!

messymimi said...

Such fascinating animals! And the ice on the beak, they are survivors.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Phantastic photos!!!

Love being able to see the such exquisite detail!

However, prior to seeing your play-by-play description, I would've bet money they would have been playing Duck Duck Goose.

(They're probably tired of that one, though...)

yaya said...

Oh my gosh, these are wonderful! Love the third one! Great captured moments!

Jillsy Girl said...

You have one powerful zoom!! Gorgeous!

Cloudia said...

These REALLY blew my mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Fragrant Liar said...

Man, I love your photography. The wildlife is always spectacular. And the subjects are always too cute.

SandyCarlson said...

I love pausing to enjoy your photos for photos and then for the love they embody. Your shot of Delia stole my heart.

sage said...

Such wonderful photos, Hilary, and I love the story you tell with them! Great job, thanks for the smiles.

Dawn said...

ABSOLUTELY incredible Hillary! HOW do you do this??? Your photos captures are so amazing each and every time. They take my breath away...and it was just a game of Millie Mallard says!

Incredible!!!!!

Indrani said...

Incredible shots. How well you capture these pretty ones.

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Lady Fi. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Welcome, Thrviewfinder and thanks very much for such kind words. It's a bit of patience but a lot of luck. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• DJan, thank you kindly for that. Such a lovely thing to say. :)

• Nick, I guess it's Millie and Milly. ;) Your pun made me laugh. That's what I get for just wingin' it. ;)

• Hilary, that would be too cheeky of me. ;)

• Ruth, thanks very much. I always enjoy watching them. :)

• Bonnie, thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. :)

• Jayne, I paid them well.. they bill me. ;)

• Thanks, Deb. I'm glad you got a kick out of it. I'll look forward to seeing what you have "in the wings." (groan!) ;)

• Thanks, Brian. It pleases me to know that you and your boys enjoyed it. That's cool. :)

• Thank you, AC. It's a 70 - 300mm lens and the ducks were fairly close to me. I was sitting on a picnic table and they were wandering around me. Some stayed fast asleep. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Steve. These guys all stay the winter. :)

• Zuzana, thank you. Those ducks might have been walking at the time but just out of view, there were two geese which were balancing on that one foot. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Di, she is! None of them trust her when she wants to play Blind Duck's Bluff. ;)

• Linda, thanks very much. I'm so glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Thank you kindly, Leah. I'm pleased that you think so. She was very cooperative. :)

• Thank you so much, Lori. I love knowing that the Littles enjoyed it along with you. Thanks for that. :)

• Thank you, Kate. That means so much to me coming from you. :)

• Thanks, Ellen. I'm glad you did. :)

• Frank, you just stick to your fish and lay off of my ducks! Thanks. ;)

• Thanks very kindly, Elizabeth. Much appreciated. :)

Hilary said...

• Welcome, Linda in NM and thanks very much for the kind words. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the post. :)

• Maggie, thanks. Nice to know that Millie and company evoked a smile. I don't think they're quite ready for the presses yet though. ;)

• Geraldine, thanks very kindly. Much appreciated. :)

• Red, thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know. :)

• Nancy, you're too kind. That's a lovely thing to say but NG quality, they're not. :)

• Ha thanks, Daniel. I could make Millie-ons. ;)

• Thanks, Friko. Of course you can join in any time. The more, the merrier. :)

• Thanks, Karen. I'm glad you got a laugh out of it. :)

• Maggie May, thank you so much for such kind words. They're very much appreciated. :)

• Thanks, Pat. Millie was kind of demanding but fun to photograph. :)

• MessyMimi, yes they are. And they seem to tolerate the camera rather well. :)

• Susan, thank you so much. You made me laugh. There were even a couple of geese around but they weren't having any part of it. Millie was just too bossy! :)

• Thank you, YaYa. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Thanks, Jillsy. They were pretty close by but I did use my 70-300mm.

• Cloudia, thank you. No need to apologize. Real life comes first. :)

• Fragrant Liar, thank you. Such kind words are very much appreciated. :)

• Sandy, thank you so much for such a sweet, warm comment. You never fail to bring a smile to my face. :)

• Sage, thanks very much. I'm so glad you got a kick out of this post. :)

• Thank you so much, Dawn. Your very kind words mean so much to me. I'm very glad that you enjoyed the post. :)

• Thank you, Indrani. Very much appreciated. :)

Glo said...

Millie and her badelynge of ducks are playing a similar game to the ones in my park, although mine seemed to be involved in tag and silly flying. Your photos are so crisp and detailed, and a pleasure to view.

Bob Bushell said...

Really beautiful images, the first one is my favourite.

addhumorandfaith said...

You are the total package, lady! Not only a great photographer but with the imagination to use your photos to do clever stories like this. Really, fun, Hilary.

artswebshow.com said...

Wow, i can only imagine how hard it must have been getting these shots.
They are incredible

Pauline said...

best game of Simon Says according to Millie I've ever played!

Gaston Studio said...

Spectacular photos Hilary! It always amazes me how beautifully "painted" the ducks can be; God did good!

lime said...

i know i've told you before but let me say it again, your shots of birds amaze me, especially the eons in flight. that one with the duck taking off right toward the camera is just incredible.

plus the story to go with them all just quacks me up. ;)

one thing i've always wondered though is how the duck's feet don't freeze in this weather.

TechnoBabe said...

Oh my, these pictures are stupendous. Hubby and I have looked at these a few times already and we keep saying you must have a professional type camera and tripod. With out little digital camera we can barely zoom in. This was great fun playing the Millie Mallard Says game.

LauraX said...

Best duck photos ever!!!!♥

ladyfi said...

This was such a delightful post - with a good message. I'd like to nominate it for Post of the Week.

http://liveandlearngrammy.blogspot.com/2011/02/talking-to-wildlife.html

Reb said...

Those are all fabulous! I think I like Delia Duck the best, it looks like she is coming right at you!

tattytiara said...

Okay, this time you've officially blown my mind. Not just your incredible skill, but the abundant joy in how you express it. LOVE.

Shammickite said...

Standing on one leg is an absolute necessity when standing on ice, gotta keep that other foot warm.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Once again, your pics are fantastic. If I were redecorating my house again I'd save these for my "inspiration colors". THe mix of browns with the splash of blues and oranges would make for a gorgeous room.
Have a great week, jj

Barb said...

Hilary, Your photography leaves me breathless. I don't think I've ever seen ducks in such detail. I liked the game,too - I was playing along...

chariskalee said...

Your images are always flawless and creative. Simply gorgeous photos.

Erin Wallace said...

These photos are wonderful - the first on is stunning!

blueviolet said...

That was SO much fun! And you are extraordinarily gifted with your photography. :)

Pearl said...

I loved this. So full of light and duck-ness.

:-D

Pearl

Doris said...

These pictures took my breath away! I love them! I especially like the portraits and the one of Delia the duck taking a short cut.

photowannabe said...

Oh Hilary, this post is terrific. I adore Millie Mallard and her game. It looks like she got lots of cooperation from the flock.
FUN!!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the birds. Love the hint of blue in their feathers.

Hilary said...

• Glo, they must be feeling the effects of impending spring. They get so silly. ;) Thanks for your kind words. :)

• Thanks, Bob. I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

• Sandy, thank you so much. Such a lovely thing to say. I'm so pleased that you liked the post. :)

• Artsweb, it really wasn't too hard. They were very cooperative on that day. Thanks for the kind comment. :)

• Pauline, thanks. I'm glad you played along. :)

• Jane, thank you kindly. Yes, you're so right. They're perfectly beautiful creatures. Thanks for the visit. :)

• Thanks so much, Michelle. I'm so pleased that you enjoy my photos. And your quack up line made me laugh. Apparently ducks don't have nerves in their feet so they just don't feel the cold. But you'd think their underbellies would suffer. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Technobabe, thank you kindly. I do have a very nice camera, and a zoomy lens. I wasn't using a tripod, but I was seated to take the photos. The ducks weren't too far away, either.. and in a very cooperative mood. Thanks so much for your kind words. They're so appreciated. :)

• Thanks very much, Laura. :)

• LadyFi, I have it noted for Wednesday's POTW as your recommendation. Thanks for pointing it out. :)

• Thank you, Reb. I had fun with my ducky friends and I'm glad you enjoyed the outcome. :)

• TattyTiara, thank you so much. That just made my day. :)

• Shammie, ducks don't have nerves or blood vessels in their feet so they don't feel the cold. I think they were just showing off. ;)

• Joanna, you're so right. Their feather colours would make for a beautiful colour scheme. Something to keep in mind. Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Welcome, Barb and thank you so much for such kind words. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by. Please return again soon. :)

• Thanks very kindly, Chariskalee. I'm so glad you think so. :)

• Welcome, Erin. Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Much appreciated. :)

• BlueViolet, I'm glad you enjoyed it. And thank you very kindly for such a nice compliment. :)

• Pearl, gotta love light and duck-ness. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Doris, thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed my duck pals. :)

• Sue, when Millie Mallard makes demands, the flock listens. She's a force to be reckoned with. ;) Thanks for the kind words. They're very much appreciated. :)

• Rajesh, thank you kindly. They do have lovely colouring, don't they? Thanks for the visit. :)

Bossy Betty said...

I ADORE mallards!!! Thanks for these pictures!

holdingmoments said...

An excellent post Hilary, and every picture a winner. Great story to it all too.

Robin Robinson said...

Fabulous details on the mallards. I love the females herringbone tweeds. Nice work here on this site.

MaggieGem said...

What a great fun post!

Amazing photos!

Kerri said...

Oh Hilary - what an EXCELLENT post! I LOVE It!!!!!!
You got some AWESOME shots too!!

Raph G. Neckmann said...

What wonderful photos, and what characters these mallards are! And such bright orange feet!

Stacey Dawn said...

Ha - Ow! Haha - Ow Ow!
laughing so hard it hurts...
FABULOUS images.....AWESOME captures.... Love it all!

SandyCarlson said...

These are all great, but the Delia Duck photo keeps me coming back for a smile!

Mental P Mama said...

Gorgeous shots! Gorgeous!

Cloudia said...

I just so impressed with these shots that I HAD to see them again!

emily wierenga said...

these are incredible photos... i am in awe. over here from deb's... so glad i came.

Michael Manning said...

Hilary: You are very modest about your talent, but these photos are beautiful! They reminded me of many outings to a man-made lake to toss bread to the Mallards and watch them speed to the droppings!

Hilary said...

• Betty, my pleasure. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Keith, thank you kindly. That means a lot to me. :)

• Welcome, Robin and thanks for the kind words. Very much appreciated. :)

• MaggieGem, thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Kerri, thank you so much. You are the queen of bird shots so it thrills me that you think so. :)

• Welcome, Raph and thank you kindly for the lovely comment. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• SD, I'm sorry for the ouches but I'm glad you got a laugh out of the post. They say that's the best medicine. Thank you for the kind words. :)

• Sandy, thank you. I always feel so honoured when you return for another look. That means a lot to me. :)

• MPM, welcome back and thank you. :)

• Cloudia, another return visit. Thank you so much, my friend. :)

• Welcome, Emily thank you so much. I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you'll return again soon. :)

• Michael, thank you very much. Your kind words are much appreciated. I'm glad the post evoked fond memories for you. :)

Dave said...

Ha ha! What an imagination Hilary! Well done! - Dave

Paul C said...

You captured the beauty of these ducks in all their intricate, subtle colours and markings.

San said...

Absolutely stunning, Hilary. And your running narrative punctuates it all.

kcinnova said...

Millie Mallard says, "You are one amazing photographer, Hilary!"

steviewren said...

Delightful post. I love the story line and the photos. This should be a children's picture book!

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Dave. I'm glad you got a laugh out of it. :)

• Paul, thank you so much. I'm pleased that you think so. :)

• San, thanks very much. You're very kind. :)

• KC, I thank you kindly, my friend. :)

• Steviewren, thanks for the kind words. Very much appreciated. :)

CherylK said...

...a rousing game of "Milly Mallard Says"...that's so cool. It really looks like they're playing a game. Boy, are you GOOD!

Hilary said...

Thanks so much, Cheryl. You're good for my ego. ;)