This gallery contains 3 photos. Wood ducks have a personal space that falls somewhere in between those of the attention-courting Mallards (none at all) and extremely distant/aloof Brants, Scaups, and Loons (30-50 feet). Of course, that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily easier to photograph at closer distances, given that they are almost always on the move.
But to be able to photograph them up close is nevertheless a privilege. With their beautiful and colourful plumage, Wood Ducks don’t disappoint, and they have a calm, pacific nature (unlike Mallards and Canada Geese).
This male Wood Duck is having a go at the bird seed left for him on a rock. Photographed at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on a rainy October 12, just 30 minutes before closing time.