Traveling around Canada, I was noticing how many ducks I was seeing compared to what I have seen in the States these last few years.
In 2014 to 2015 when we had a lot of snow and cold previously typical of our area, ducks were everywhere in our lakes, rivers and ponds. Granted, many could not find food due to the harsh weather and died of starvation, but there were raft after raft of ducks of all varieties.
Biologists are finding some migrant species are not migrating over winter, instead finding enough food in the area in which they breed in summer.
The snow and ice can be hard on ducks, but this year has been very mild.
Most ducks are not very willing to come close for photos, but having a lens reach up to 850mm with the Tamron, 150-600mm plus 1.4x TC does allow for some nice shots.
Some images are in snow, while others are taken in 70°F. In February! Nothing like not having winter. Enjoy the duck pics. I suppose it will be flowers soon.