Saturday, April 07, 2012

Wood ducks for camera critters

There are many beautiful sights to be seen in nature, but in my opinion the wood duck is one of the most beautiful. I hadn't seen any wood ducks this spring until yesterday and at yesterday's sighting I hadn't realized what I had seen until I downloaded my photos at home and discovered that the male mallard I had thought I had seen was actually a Wood duck. Uh huh! Today I knew where to look and this morning went back to find them. They were in a slightly different water area but there was no mistaking what I was seeing!
The handsome male is so outstanding in his colourful feathered garb!
The female's identification is unmistakable with her wide white eye border! What a sighting ! This makes my day!! Perhaps I should make a return trip there this afternoon!? I used my Canon 100-400 IS zoom lens while sitting in my car , resting my camera on my half rolled up window, while taking these photos.
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11 comments:

Annie said...

I remember seeing a wood duck at the campus lake a few years ago. It was the only one I ever saw there. Poor little guy must have been lost. The lady Mallards would have nothing to do with him.

ladyfi said...

A gorgeous wood duck!

Frank said...

A very secretive species so well done to get these shots.

I posted some pics of the Mandarin, its very close relative here:
http://fabearlybirder.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/mandarins-on-show.html

You will notice that the females are very similar except your female Wood Duck eye stripe is much broader.

lina@happy family said...

Look so gorgeous :)

Linda said...

Such vibrant colors on the male! Loved these photos!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've never seen wood ducks before, you are right, they really are a beautiful duck!!

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Pat said...

The Wood Ducks are beautiful! I like the bunny in your header too.

A Scattering said...

I've only ever caught a glimpse once - I agree, they are stunning. Great job on these shots!

Mary said...

Wood ducks are so pretty and exotic looking! Great shots!

Pia said...

This is really a beautiful species of ducks!
(I so like your Humminbird Moth photos!)

Tanya said...

beautiful...amazing how colorful he is!